June 20, 2010, 7am PDT
A new rule proposed by federal regulators would allow bank investments made for neighborhood stabilization efforts and donations of foreclosed properties to be count towards compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act.
May 20, 2010, 6am PDT
To survive, neighborhoods need to be commercially viable. A group called the Food Trust believes grocery stores are a good starting point for creating that economic climate.
April 29, 2010, 5am PDT
The neighborhood is the basic building block of human society, and successful efforts to make the world a better place often start right there, says Jay Walljasper.
April 28, 2010, 10am PDT
Jim Kunstler once said that if the 20th Century was about getting around, the 21st Century is about staying in places worth staying in.
April 16, 2010, 12pm PDT
What makes a model neighborhood? GOOD Magazine devotes an issue to the topic, beginning with a list of traits that make a neighborhood great.
April 15, 2010, 5am PDT
New York City's long-term sustainability plan is coming up on its three-year anniversary. Tom Angotti says that now's the time to take its broad citywide efforts down to the neighborhood level.
March 7, 2010, 5am PST
This piece from <em>Design Observer</em> takes a pointed and critical look at the work of <em>New York Times</em> architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff and finds much to be desired in his work.
February 20, 2010, 9am PST
Small-scale nuclear reactors could be a new, cheap way to provide power for neighborhoods. But their inherent controversy remains.
February 16, 2010, 8am PST
The rough economy has made code officers negotiators between irked neighbors and entrepreneurs trying to make a living in their living rooms.
February 10, 2010, 9am PST
Kyla Fullenwider offer ten simple ideas to improve the livability of your block.
February 4, 2010, 5am PST
Housing affordability is too often seen as the way to stabilize and revitalize weak markets. Neighborhood planning consultants Charles Buki and Elizabeth Humphrey Schilling argue that interventions in weak markets must encourage investment by improving market confidence.
January 28, 2010, 5am PST
The foreclosure crisis spreading across America has burdened cities and neighborhoods with value-draining vacancies and abandoned properties. To counteract the economic havoc they've caused, planners and policymakers must focus on restoring confidence in the market, according to neighborhood planning consultants Charles Buki and Elizabeth Humphrey Schilling.
January 15, 2010, 6am PST
By utilizing rental data Netflix makes freely available, the New York Times has published a Google Maps mashup illustrating the most popular rental titles in each zip code.
November 13, 2009, 2pm PST
The 2005 Supreme Court decision on Kelo v. New London was a landmark in eminent domain law, paving the way for Pfizer to develop there. Four years later, Pfizer is pulling up stakes.
October 1, 2009, 10am PDT
Strip malls are in virtually every American city, but they're rarely an important part of those cities. Ava Bromberg says they can be. Her idea is to turn strip malls into community-owned hubs that generate capital within their neighborhood and keep it there.
September 27, 2009, 5am PDT
Some call it a city of neighborhoods. This piece from the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> looks at the history of the urban form of San Francisco and why it looks the way it does today.
August 1, 2009, 7am PDT
A new study from <em>The Brookings Institution</em> discusses how school quality and neighborhood affordability are linked, and how both can be improved.
The Brookings Institution
July 29, 2009, 2pm PDT
Researchers at the Pew Charitable Trust have found that the neighborhood in which a child is raised is a powerful indicator of adult economic success.
June 26, 2009, 9am PDT
Residents in 600 American neighborhoods are breathing air with levels of pollution that put them at an elevated risk of developing cancer.
June 24, 2009, 2pm PDT
NeighborhoodScout.com used GIS and FBI data from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies to compile its list of the 25 worst neighborhoods for crime in the country.