Urban Development

The high cost of free parking is almost, but not quite, common knowledge. Many, but not all, people realize the pernicious effects of parking requirements. A map can help illustrate this spreading awareness.
17 hours ago   Strong Towns
With available funding from U.S. Tiger grant, Los Angeles has big hopes for its downtown which include a streetcar line that would go from north to south. Critics say the line is redundant of other existing transit.
Nov 16, 2011   the transport politic
Notification from the EPA has allowed Chicago to adopt new standards that "will help to further the transformation of the Chicago river system from sewage canal to valuable recreational and economic asset," says Regional Administrator Susan Hedman.
Nov 16, 2011   Environmental Protection
For Washington D.C., ASLA polled members to develop a new "comprehensive framework" connecting sustainability with economic development.
Nov 16, 2011   American Society of Lanscape Architects
For the third time, a deal between Vornado Realty Trust, its Chinese investment partner, and the Port Authority has fallen through to develop a 40-story office tower atop the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan.
Nov 16, 2011   The New York Times
Despite cancelling the ARC Tunnel project last year, New Jersey may build an alternative tunnel using U.S. Senate funding.
Nov 15, 2011   TheCityFix.com
The master-planned community of Suncoast Meadows in Land O' Lakes, Florida was built partially on a former landfill site. Home buyers were never told, and are now unsure of the value of their homes.
Nov 15, 2011   Tampa Tribune
In Merced, California, students fill in the large homes chockablock with amenities and left vacant by a high foreclosure rate. Rents often go for under $300 a month.
Nov 15, 2011   The New York Times
After reading an article on the misuse of CEQA in California,* I took a short look at New York law.  In New York, city planners must prepare an environmental assessment when property is rezoned, and must prepare a more detailed environmental impact statement (EIS) if property has a significant effect on the environment.   Blog Post
Nov 14, 2011   By Michael Lewyn
WebUrbanist tells the curious story of the Gate Tower Building in Osaka, Japan. Property rights battles between the owners and transportation planners resulted in a high-rise tower with a freeway running through the 5th floor.
Nov 14, 2011   WebUrbanist
Each of the cities just north of Boston will use its federal funds however it sees fit to boost smart growth principles and local economic development.
Nov 13, 2011   The Boston Globe