United Kingdom

Touted as a solution to mindless suburban expansion, the vast green belts around U.K. cities create new challenges. Among them: less affordable housing, longer commutes, and dubious environmental benefits. What happens if these spaces get developed?
Yesterday   The Guardian
<p>The British government is working on the details of a pilot program that will create small neighborhood councils that would control public money and make decisions on various infrastructure and civic projects.</p>
Jul 9, 2007   BBC
<p>In exchange for a discount on oil for London's bus system, city transit officials will lend their expertise to the city of Caracas, Venezuela, in an effort to reduce the city's crippling congestion.</p>
Jun 26, 2007   The Guardian
<p>A single parking space in a small beachside community in England has been put on sale for nearly $50,000, twice the town's average yearly salary. But some say the price is not unreasonable.</p>
Jun 22, 2007   BBC
<p>BBC One has commissioned The Planners, a fiery, funny and touching new fly-on-the-wall documentary series that will give viewers a unique glimpse inside some of Britain's local planning authorities.</p>
Jun 18, 2007   BBC (Press Office)
<p>New regulations requiring higher density housing have some worried about the threat to urban green space in the UK.</p>
Jun 18, 2007   BBC
<p>Transit officials in the UK hope a redesign of a transit station will help lure motorists to public transit.</p>
Jun 18, 2007   BBC
<p>A zoning loophole classifying backyard gardens as brownfields has opened the door for developers in England to tear down homes and rebuild flats and apartments, eating up the equivalent of nearly 3,000 soccer fields in the next decade.</p>
Jun 14, 2007   BBC
<p>Preservationists are calling for buffer zones around the city's heritage sites, which could upset Mayor Ken Livingstone's plans to spur urban regeneration with new high-rise buildings.</p>
Jun 13, 2007   BusinessWeek
<p>A British couple decided to incorporate public transit into their wedding, arriving to the ceremony by bus, and then taking the all the guests along to the reception.</p>
Jun 8, 2007   South Manchester Reporter
<p>Fewer and fewer parents are allowing their children to leave the house unattended. Citing safety concerns, nearly half of parents prefer to keep their kids home.</p>
Jun 7, 2007   BBC