Urban Development

September 19, 2008, 9am PDT
Toronto is swimming in high-rise construction, with the second highest rate in the world. Some say this shift to the urban core spells the end of sprawl in Toronto.
Globe and Mail
September 19, 2008, 8am PDT
Robert Moses, New York's controversial master builder, is the subject of a new series of novels.
The New York Times
September 19, 2008, 7am PDT
How exurban expansion paves the way for the next housing crisis.
Culture11
September 18, 2008, 2pm PDT
New York's Chinatown has been impenetrable to non-Chinese entrepreneurs for a century, but new glitzy bars and restaurants are beginning to push through. In a neighborhood that has suffered since 9/11, locals debate the merits of outsider investment.
Time Out NY
September 18, 2008, 11am PDT
In Salemi, Italy, 3000 villas ravaged in a 1968 earthquake are now on the market for about U.S.$1.41. However, interested buyers must adhere to a number of stipulations, including a two-year deadline for development.
Newsweek
September 17, 2008, 6am PDT
Civic leaders in Indianapolis are considering closing Monument Circle to traffic. Says one, "From a European perspective, this could be one of the great public spaces in America."
Indianapolis Business Journal
Blog post
September 16, 2008, 9am PDT
I occasionally get accused locally of being too much of a "booster" for Vancouver's success and reputation in city-building and urban design. Although I usually tend to mix in a healthy dose of "constructive candour" on how we need to improve, if there's truth to this accusation, I'd say I come by it honestly. First off, I've been an admirer and careful student of the Vancouver approach to urbanism, as imperfect as it might still be, long before I arrived in the City as Director.
Brent Toderian
September 16, 2008, 7am PDT
As the 100-year anniversary of the writing of the Burnham Plan for Chicago approaches, the city and its suburbs are thinking big about how to improve the city.
Chicago Tribune
September 14, 2008, 5am PDT
Calgary has the largest ecological footprint of any large Canadian municipality. The city council is trying to fix that history with Plan It Calgary, a new land use and transportation plan- and developers are none too pleased.
Fast Forward Weekly
September 13, 2008, 1pm PDT
The Cambodian city of Siem Reap is a hotbed of tourist activity -- and of tacky hotels. Many say this sprawl of hotels is a major problem in the city, but new designs are making the city a cooler place to visit and live.
The Phnom Penh Post
September 13, 2008, 11am PDT
Floodplain development has proven time and time again to be big trouble when heavy rains come. But in Britain, that's not stopping it.
Guardian
September 12, 2008, 12pm PDT
Activists are fighting to keep the bank of the Spree River accessible as a two multi-billion Euro projects move in.
Spiegel
September 12, 2008, 6am PDT
Despite controversy over its funding,location and impact, the Florida Marlins are likely to build a new retractable-roof stadium on the former site of the Orange Bowl in the city's Little Havana neighborhood.
Miami Herald
September 11, 2008, 2pm PDT
Large shopping centers across the country have grown in quantity and size for years, but developers say that overbuilding may now be a problem.
The Wall Street Journal
September 11, 2008, 10am PDT
Albuquerque's new "form-based codes" could offer city planners another model for denser, more pedestrian-friendly growth.
The New Mexico Independent
September 11, 2008, 5am PDT
For years, the sizes of grocery stores have grown increasingly to provide a greater variety to the consumer. Andrew Martin explains why retailers have now begun opening smaller stores instead.
The New York Times
September 10, 2008, 9am PDT
Seven years on, the site of the former World Trade Center remains largely barren. However, despite delays and claims of over-budgeting, the Port Authority says new development at Ground Zero s expected to finish on schedule.
The Guardian
September 10, 2008, 7am PDT
Luanda, Angola has brushed past Tokyo and London to be the world's most expensive city, and slums cover much of the city's prime real estate.
The Globe and Mail
September 9, 2008, 10am PDT
Jeff Patterson thinks the future will look less like your auto-oriented 7-11 and more like "transit station marketplaces".
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
September 8, 2008, 2pm PDT
The battle over development continues in Dharavi, the largest slum in India. Its valuable location in Mumbai has had developers' mouths watering for years, but residents have resisted their drive to demolish and rebuild the slum.
The Los Angeles Times