Urban Development

April 22, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The Winnipeg Free Press responds to the announcement that the city's top planning post has been given to a developer.</p>
The Winnipeg Free Press
April 22, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Officials forecast need to adapt development model: to retreat from some areas, build in others, and reduce reliance on cars.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 22, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Urban infill developments are slated to transform the vast industrial land between Charleston and North Charleston, South Carolina, known as "the Neck" area, into live-work communities that stitch the two cities together.</p>
Charleston Business Journal
April 21, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A recent working paper considers the implications of housing the nation's aging population.</p>
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
April 21, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>While The New Urbanism has certainly helped to change the way people think about how communities can be built, it's still seen as a boutique product. More needs to be done if New Urbanist developments are to really compete with mainstream sprawl.</p>
City Journal
April 21, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>With planning likely to become a major issue in next year's mayoral campaign, a recent survey shows that most residents would support new rules -- including possibly land use zoning -- to manage the region's sprawling development.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
April 21, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A recent editorial argues that Detroit must look for ways to concentrate its dwindling population in a smaller, more compact city if it is to survive.</p>
The Detroit Free Press
April 21, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>America is reaching the limits of its water supply, signaling a need to change urban development, energy and agricultural practices, writes Shiney Varghese of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.</p>
AlterNet
April 21, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Plans to redevelop Asia's largest slum will displace over 1 million people, many of whom earn their livelihood recycling Mumbai's trash.</p>
BBC News
April 19, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>In anti-growth Santa Barbara, preservationists and smart growth advocates have forged a compromise that will permit taller buildings for developments that include affordable housing.</p>
The Santa Barbara Independent
April 19, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>New transit towns around the Bay Area's BART stations are attracting residents who value the convenience and savings of a walkable community and nearby transit.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2008, 1pm PDT
Fed up with crowded or non-existent sidewalks, pedestrians in Mumbai are taking to the streets to get more attention on the issue of dangerous walking conditions.
Gulf News
April 18, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>With sprawl proceeding largely unchecked in North California, residents who fled the city for more rural areas now find that urbanization has encroached their once sleepy communities.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This article from <em>National Geographic</em> looks at the construction boom that is rapidly changing the face of Beijing.</p>
National Geographic
April 17, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A delicate agreement has been reached to permit the rezoning of Harlem's main corridor for new development, but critics argue the plans for new moderate-income housing won't prevent the gentrification of one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.</p>
The New York Times
April 17, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Cookie cutter subdivisions typically associated with American suburbs are popping up in the outskirts of cities in countries as far away as Argentina, China and Pakistan.</p>
USA Today
April 17, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Officials and residents in Snohomish County, Washington, are grappling over proposed changes to their comprehensive plan. A major point of contention is whether "fully contained communities" should be allowed.</p>
The Seattle Times
April 17, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Three years after Irvine, California's "Great Park" was approved, development of the planned public spaces, homes and businesses has struggled to move forward. The housing crisis is being blamed for the lack of action.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
Blog post
April 16, 2008, 11am PDT
Can any North American city have a meaningful public discussion about sustainability, about its "green-ness" or ecological footprint, without having the challenging but necessary public discussion about the city's density? 

Many are still trying to. Many freely trumpet smart growth and sustainability without the tension and trouble that comes with discussing the "d-word" openly, and thus avoid the necessary heavy-lifting. Few politicians, and embarrassingly not enough city planners, are willing to tackle the density issue publicly, as it is still what Sustainable Urbanism author Douglas Farr calls the "3rd rail" of sustainable city building.

Brent Toderian
April 16, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A recent conference hosted by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy focused on how planners around the world are designing urban areas that respond to the impacts of climate change.</p>
MIT Technology Review