Urban Development

December 17, 2008, 6am PST
The Seattle City Council recently approved a new affordable housing plan allowing builders to develop larger buildings if they include a certain amount of affordable units. But developers say the plan is ill-timed and they plan on ignoring it.
The Seattle Times
Blog post
December 16, 2008, 11am PST

You have heard it, or seen it, before. A developer comes in for a presubmittal meeting, and he is excited. He has the best project your city has ever seen, and, when all is said and done, he insists that the city will never be the same. And he’s right.

Justin Steinmann
December 16, 2008, 7am PST
Mesa, AZ is adding a new land use category to its general plan to promote mixed-use, high-density development along the light-rail corridor- specifically in an area of West Mesa formerly dominated by WalMart.
East Valley Tribune
December 16, 2008, 7am PST
With a new four-lane highway and bridge, West Feliciana Parish in Louisiana is preparing for growth -- despite the economic downturn.
Baton Rouge Business Report
December 16, 2008, 5am PST
The State of Connecticut will enact a new green building code in January, and builders are already calling it "awkward" and "unworkable".
The New York Times
December 15, 2008, 2pm PST
As New York City faces its worst financial crisis in 2 decades, a NYC D.O.T. study was released showing that from 2003-2007, the increase in jobs and people was accompanied by a slight decrease in traffic due primarily to increased transit usage.
The New York Times
December 14, 2008, 11am PST
A local leader in the suburban Maryland/Washington DC area proposes aggressive use of "rapid buses" in dedicated lanes to accommodate growth, like other jurisdictions in the U.S.
Washington Post
December 14, 2008, 7am PST
Dan Lorentz at <em>Where</em> blog takes a look at the current state of urban affairs journalism in these two posts. He looks at the role of bloggers and citizen journalists, and wonders what would happen if a city were to lose its daily newspaper.
Where
December 14, 2008, 5am PST
In an effort to revitalize the local economy, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has announced a plan to fast-track more than 200 construction projects in the city.
The Denver Post
December 13, 2008, 9am PST
Planner Andres Duany proposes a plan for Goodbee Square, near Covington, LA, that adds modern light-imprint urbanism to an old Jeffersonian idea.
New Urban News
December 13, 2008, 7am PST
A lot, according to columnist Linda Robertson who makes the case for renaming the nation's most prized stadia. After all, she argues, many of them bear the name of the economy's most troubled corporations bailed out by Terry taxpayer.
Miami Herald
December 12, 2008, 11am PST
"Economic troubles spread from housing to other development sectors, including retail and offices."
New Urban News
December 11, 2008, 2pm PST
A new and widely publicized study claims that there is no evidence that Wal-Mart has had a negative impact on the small business sector. A close inspection of the study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues that the report is flawed.
The Hometown Advantage
December 11, 2008, 9am PST
Its way of life no longer en vogue, the auto-centric suburb of Tysons Corner, VA plans to undergo a large-scale transformation into a walkable, "real" city over the course of the next 30 years.
NPR
December 10, 2008, 11am PST
The Dallas City Council ponders a form-based code, designed to encourage neighborhoods where driving isn't required to get around.
Dallas Morning News
December 9, 2008, 7am PST
How should cities incentivize developers in a down market? And should they? William Fulton reflects on the price cities will pay to get new buildings, and if it is worth it.
Governing Magazine
December 7, 2008, 11am PST
Major redevelopment projects are changing the face of Columbus, Ohio's waterfront.
The New York Times
December 6, 2008, 7am PST
San Antonio's city council attempts to make it harder for bikini carwashes to attract oglers by forcing them to accept a new zoning category.
San Antonio Express News
December 5, 2008, 1pm PST
Glendale, California, has recently established an Urban Design Studio within its planning department to help developers create more appropriate, aesthetically appealing projects.
California Planning & Development Report
December 5, 2008, 9am PST
Middlebury College students have been commissioned to simply get to know Starksboro, Vermont for a semester. The hope is that their findings will help develop a plan that embraces growth while upholding the things unique to the small town.
The New York Times