Urban Development

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
December 5, 2008, 8am PST
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has issued the UK a warning that it must start doing a better job of preserving its heritage sites. A number of development projects have gotten the green light without any consultation from the committee.
Architectural Record
December 5, 2008, 5am PST
L.A. Live, the city's new megadevelopment, does little to engage the growing downtown area and ends up being little more than another separate commercial enclave in a city desperately needing closely-knit urbanism, according to Christopher Hawthorne.
Los Angeles Times
December 4, 2008, 7am PST
Architect Andres Duany spoke in front of architects on Tuesday, pointing out 50 years of mistakes made by architects and planners in the UK.
The Guardian (UK)
December 4, 2008, 6am PST
Clearly it has aroused enormous excitement and hope amongst California's smart growth advocates, but the new anti-sprawl, greenhouse gas-reducing law, SB 375, may do more in the tone it sets than in the changes its supporters hope it makes.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 3, 2008, 12pm PST
In a place as dynamic as New York City, balancing preservation with development pressure is no easy task.
New York Times
December 3, 2008, 11am PST
The transformation of Copenhagen from a car-choked thoroughfare to a lively, pedestrian center began in 1962 with the closing of the Strøget, and folks walked and biked in record numbers. Now architect Jan Gehl hopes to spread this new urban culture.
The Globe and Mail
December 3, 2008, 8am PST
The people of Salt Lake City have gotten behind the switch to mixed-use, and developers have been clearing away old sprawl. But the flailing economy has put projects on hold, leaving the city with a landscape full of holes.
Utah Stories
December 1, 2008, 1pm PST
A South American building boom can be credited for the steady demand for projects by American architecture firms.
Architectural Record
December 1, 2008, 9am PST
According to Philip Myrick, communities that will fare the best economically are the ones that think locally and employ placemaking strategies.
Project For Public Spaces
December 1, 2008, 7am PST
A proposed New Orleans hospital will have to be built on top of an historic neighborhood that some residents feel that they have just regained. Those in favor of the project insist that the selection of that site was necessary.
International Herald Tribune
November 26, 2008, 1pm PST
A combination of economic crises and a tax code based on square footage rather than rentals is encouraging a raft of demolitions that is leaving parts of London looking like it's been bombed again.
The Globe and Mail
November 25, 2008, 2pm PST
Once New Orleans comes to terms with the fact that it is a shrinking city, the city's culture and geographic location can help bring it back.
The Times-Picayune
November 24, 2008, 12pm PST
Cooltown Studios looks at what makes a shiny new corporate district different from an organically-grown one.
CoolTown Studios
November 22, 2008, 1pm PST
The connection between land use and health comes clear in Portland, OR, where some of the poorest citizens face a four-hour round trip to the grocery store.
The Oregonian
November 21, 2008, 8am PST
Transit-oriented development is catching on in Australia, as several projects spring up around Brisbane. The article is accompanied by a photo gallery of recent developments.
Brisbane Times