Urban Development

The St. Louis City Council recently approved the initial steps for 1,800 acres of Maryland Heights floodplain. Plenty of hurdles remain, such as coming up with the money the developer wants to see the project through.
7 hours ago   St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A study of CEQA litigation revealed widespread abuse that experts say undermines California's environmental sustainability goals.
Dec 27, 2015   The Planning Report
Portland is tackling a critical but often controversial issue: how to regulate infill development in residential neighborhoods when growth is pushing landowners and developers to build bigger and denser.
Dec 26, 2015   City of Portland
Dancehalls—places for small-town Texans to gather for community—are struggling to survive in a changing Texas.
Dec 25, 2015   The Dallas Morning News
Downtown revitalization comes in all shapes and sizes. A new, free guidebook from Smart Growth America offers advice for making revitalization work.
Dec 24, 2015   Urban Land
Geographer Duncan Smith mapped the predicted trajectory of worldwide urban growth from 1950 through 2030. Concentric circles of different shades show where and when growth was (or will be) the most dramatic.
Dec 24, 2015   CityLab
Permits to rehab existing multi-family buildings have skyrocketed in St. Louis.
Dec 23, 2015   nextSTL
In a city of sprawling surface parking, increased density may help close a serious affordable housing gap as Anchorage, Alaska, seeks ways to make development more affordable.
Dec 23, 2015   Next City
A former planning commissioner recalls often being surprised at the passion and anger displayed toward small changes around the city of San Francisco, and attempted to get to the nature of the fear driving the opposition.
Dec 22, 2015   San Francisco Chronicle
A new report from the Urban Land Institute responds to what it argues is a housing crisis among lower- and middle-income workers.
Dec 22, 2015   Urban Land
Josh Stephens reports on the Pershing Square Renew Design Challenge, an effort to redo one of the "world's worst squares and plazas." The new Pershing Square may hearken back to the years before its misguided 1992 redesign.
Dec 22, 2015   Next City