Urban Development

July 17, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>The City of Miami is pushing a new 'mega-plan' that rolls a stadium, tunnel, public park, trolley system, and bailout into one $3 billion dollar deal. Miamians, including local car dealer Norman Braman, are pushing back.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
July 16, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>City officials in Snellville, near Atlanta, claim they cannot stop the pending arrival of a new crematorium along a busy street and near homes.</p>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 16, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>New Orleans officials say they have enough grants and private funds to move forward on a "Great Lawn" park for the city, functioning as a gathering place and a link to other attractions.</p>
New Orleans Times-Picayune
July 14, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The increase in the price of fuel encourages one St. Louis family to purchase a second home near work.</p>
STLtoday
July 14, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Indianapolis has a growing problem with abandoned houses. To fight the blight, they're now selling the homes online.</p>
The Indianapolis Star
July 11, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A Houston bedroom community decides against allowing childcare centers to mix with other businesses in strip centers.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
July 11, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Harlem is undergoing a rapid change in terms of demographics and income levels. One real estate broker is at the front of driving this change, and many in the neighborhood are not happy about it. But is this change avoidable?</p>
New York Magazine
July 10, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Long considered the source of California's fiscal and land use woes, Proposition 13, passed by voters in 1978, limits increases in property tax. However, it may prove to be an 'economic stabilizer' during the current housing slump.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
July 10, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Vancouver's South East False Creek community is making the production of food one of the major aspects of its preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Its emphasis on local food production is a model other cities may look to follow.</p>
BBC
July 10, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has proposed abandoning the city's long-held building height restriction of 37 meters, citing the city's need to grow.</p>
Telegraph
July 9, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Stakeholders in Austin debate the future of a public golf course in the center of town while the University of Texas, owner of the land, debates whether to seek greater profits off the land. Neighbors champion the course as vital open space.</p>
Austin American-Statesman
July 9, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>The Chicago Tribune examines what became of an ambitious city project, led by Mayor Daley, to revolutionize public housing. Private developers received public funding to tear down old projects and replace them with mixed-use neighborhoods.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
July 9, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Officials in Los Angeles have renamed the former "South Central" to remove the stigma of riots in the 1990's. But some business owners and residents say that's had a greater negative consequence than keeping the old name would have.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Joel Kotkin's recent LA Times Op-Ed is critiqued by Bill Fulton of the California Planning and Development Report. Fulton argues the suburban areas Kotkin defends are actually urbanizing, whereas true suburbia show signs of becoming the new slums.</p>
California Planning and Development Report
July 8, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>The exurban town of Buckeye, Arizona, is expected over the next two decades to grow from a population of 25,000 to more than 400,000. Planners are trying to do what they can to control the flood.</p>
Architect Magazine
July 7, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Former single-screen cinemas in New York City and Long Island are reopening as multi-use art centers and helping to stimulate the revitalization of dormant downtowns.</p>
Newsday
July 7, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Dallas's city council passed an ordinance restricting the percentage of window space a storefront can use for advertisements. Council members say the signs are creating or adding to blight.</p>
Dallas Morning News
Blog post
July 7, 2008, 10am PDT

In my recent post outlining Council's approval of the EcoDensity Charter and Initial Actions I referenced that two new rezoning policies approved by Council (Actions A-1 and A-2) may give Vancouver the highest green requirements for private-sector building design and large site design in North America. Here are these two policies that are in effect as of May 13, 2008. 

Brent Toderian
July 5, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Plans for redeveloping the World Trade Center site in Manhattan have been pushed back again, possibly to 2013.</p>
BBC
July 3, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>New York's Union Square is the scene of a lively protest featuring Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. At stake is the square's pavilion, which is set to be transformed into a restaurant.</p>
The Village Voice