Urban Development

March 10, 2009, 6am PDT
Designs for the new Transbay Terminal in San Francisco may not be able to handle the amount of passengers expected by 2030, according to transportation officials. Some are calling for a redesign of the plans, set to begin construction next year.
San Francisco Chronicle
Blog post
March 10, 2009, 5am PDT

This month's Broadway "opening" proposal is as much a clarion to the new thinking of public street space in America as it is a gift to the people of New York City.

Ian Sacs
March 10, 2009, 5am PDT
Half a year after the area erupted in violence, the South Ossetia region of Georgia is struggling to rebuild.
International Herald Tribune
March 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
American shopping malls may be dying or already dead, but they are being reincarnated as mixed-use "lifestyle centers".
Sustainable Industries
March 8, 2009, 9am PDT
Veteran Australian architect Philip Cox says Melbourne is long overdue for a makeover, and a move towards people-centric city development.
The Age
March 6, 2009, 1pm PST
The Heritage Foundation decries Obama's anti-sprawl policies, claiming that smart growth strategies have only managed to raise housing prices around the country.
The Heritage Foundation
March 6, 2009, 11am PST
A quarry in San Diego is on a path towards conversion into a $1.5 billion mixed-use housing and retail project, one many thought unlikely in today's tight market.
The New York Times
March 5, 2009, 1pm PST
Slums have garnered some positive attention lately, from academics (Teddy Cruz) to royalty (Prince Charles). This article looks at just what it is we can learn from them, as well as the challenges that face legitimizing the world's shantytowns.
The Boston Globe
March 5, 2009, 6am PST
This piece from <em>Construction Week</em> looks at the environmentally-conscious Xeritown proposed in Dubai and the methods it will take to conserve and create energy.
Construction Week
March 4, 2009, 1pm PST
Homebuilders may oppose a building moratorium at a time like this, but Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Freeman (D-Northampton) has not let up on his efforts to enact one to give communities a break from development and to discourage sprawl.
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 4, 2009, 9am PST
A new study shows that green buildings are far more expensive than they are made out to be, and that it may take longer than advertised for energy savings to cancel out costs.
The New York Times
Blog post
March 3, 2009, 4pm PST

A new design competition thinks it can.

In a recent post, I discussed the value of open design competitions in strengthening a city's "culture of design". I explained how Vancouver, often described as a city by design but in past years perhaps lacking a competition skill-set, is seeking to strengthen that culture, albeit by small steps and grass-roots efforts thus far. Here's the link - you might want to read that post first

Brent Toderian
March 3, 2009, 12pm PST
Ninevah, one of the world's most endangered heritage sites, is deteriorating due to recent development and urban sprawl, say officials.
The Christian Science Monitor
March 3, 2009, 10am PST
This article looks at what the end of sprawl will mean for Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Sun
March 2, 2009, 10am PST
In a report detailing three decades of growth in the SF Bay Area, an urban think tank details how commercial growth has been disproportionately in the non-transit accessible suburban office parks. However, SF shares the blame. Solutions are offered.
San Francisco Chronicle
March 2, 2009, 6am PST
Builder Magazine selects 15 picks for the best housing markets to be in in the U.S. in 2009. Houston, Texas comes out on top, and, predictably, Detroit scrapes the bottom.
Builder Magazine
March 1, 2009, 11am PST
The Los Angeles suburb of Industry has approved plans to build a stadium in the city in hopes of luring a football team back to the L.A. area.
Associated Press
March 1, 2009, 7am PST
The City of Denver plans to spend more than $15 million over the next decade to purchase real estate near mass transit.
The Denver Post
February 28, 2009, 9am PST
A boomtown in the desert that was expected to grow in population to more than 350,000 by 2020 is going bust, and putting things in perspective as the economy dives and foreclosures spread.
The Wall Street Journal
February 27, 2009, 11am PST
Mayor Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan have unveiled plans to turn a large segment of midtown into a pedestrian-only thoroughfare. The bold move is being applauded by livable street advocates across the United States.
Streetsblog