Urban Development

October 21, 2008, 7am PDT
Builders are creating online educational programs to help potential buyers clean up their credit and obtain loans.
The Wall St. Journal
October 20, 2008, 7am PDT
In the mid-1900s architect Le Corbusier designed a grand sports complex for Baghdad as part of the city's bid for the 1960 Olympics. That bid failed and the project was never built. Now, original drawings and designs are on display.
Building Design
October 19, 2008, 1pm PDT
Bill Fulton thinks so, calling them to task for speaking out against density in Orange County when, he says, the market demand is evident.
California Planning & Development Report
October 19, 2008, 7am PDT
New Urban News reports that even as housing costs plummet and construction is halted on single-family homes across the country, traditional neighborhood developments and TODs are thriving.
New Urban News
October 18, 2008, 1pm PDT
To paraphrase B.F. Skinner, if you want positive behavior, either reward it in return, or remove something unpleasant in response; to paraphrase R. Steuteville's commentary, if we want a green economy, we need to do the same thing with development.
New Urban News
October 18, 2008, 11am PDT
Texas cities top a ranking by Forbes of where your dollar goes the farthest. Affordable housing and promising job prospects made a big difference.
October 17, 2008, 12pm PDT
As the city pulls more and more people from the suburbs back to the center, planners and developers in Charleston are warming up to the idea of infill development.
The Post and Courier
October 16, 2008, 11am PDT
Witold Rybzynski details the vicious cycle behind the nation's shortage of affordable housing.
The Wilson Quarterly
October 16, 2008, 7am PDT
In a contest sponsored by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, architecture firms nationwide competed to show off how they would best use land currently devoted to strip malls. <i>Bustler</i> provides the winning entries.
October 16, 2008, 6am PDT
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has announced that within the next five years, $5 billion will go to funding 20,000 new affordable homes near public transportation.
The Architect's Newspaper
October 15, 2008, 11am PDT
To keep its gaming rights which will in turn preserve its property value, The Queen of Hearts casino must open for eight hours every two years.
Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2008, 10am PDT
How is the financial crisis impacting urban planning and land use policy? Managing Editor Tim Halbur takes a look at some early indicators drawn from recent news headlines and conversations with planning professionals.
Tim Halbur
October 15, 2008, 9am PDT
The authors of one study assert that vibrant cities can't be engineered by the application of "nuanced criteria"; however, this has very much become the paradigm of urban planning.
Toronto Star
October 15, 2008, 7am PDT
At a time when motorists have a smorgasbord of distractions to contend with, select US streets take a taste of a Scandinavian recipe for street design, where pedestrians, cyclists, other motorists, and even trees are blended together intuitively.
New Urban News
October 14, 2008, 2pm PDT
Las Vegas' Union Park is a LEED-certified development that sits on a revitalized brownfield, but with no shortage of Vegas' glitz. Can smart growth be as marketable as it is environmentally good?
Next American City
October 14, 2008, 12pm PDT
One city in Virginia has gone from suburban to (quasi-)urban in just a few years.
New Geography
October 14, 2008, 5am PDT
The theaters are in the same city, owned by the same company, a mile apart. One is by the highway on a 14-acre lot, the other is two stories in the middle of town with underground, metered parking, and eateries on the ground level. One is closing.
The Examiner
October 13, 2008, 9am PDT
Over the last 70 years, sprawl has rapidly taken over much of Switzerland, not just in suburban areas around cities, but also in the country's famous Alps.
October 13, 2008, 7am PDT
A small suburban Houston town has been planning ahead for growth that's expected to bring its population from just over 700 to nearly 40,000 in the next 15 years.
The Houston Chronicle
October 10, 2008, 9am PDT
Professor Richard Morill of the University of Washington maps population growth over the past seven years, which shows a continuing pattern of movement towards large metropolitan regions.