Urban Development

March 21, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>With a growth rate of more than 75% over the last seven years, Kendall County, Illinois, is changing fast and the local farming community is struggling to adapt.</p>
The Associated Press
March 19, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Buildings are being renovated all over downtown Washington D.C., and as they rise so does the city's tax revenue.</p>
The Washington Post
March 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>With a newly formed regional transit authority, Tampa Bay, Florida, may be ready for a regional transit system. Many want to do it right.</p>
The Tampa Tribune
March 19, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Lawrence, Kansas has been named the most walkable city in Kansas, and the 38th most walkable destination in America. However, city officials are not resting on their laurels.</p>
Lawrence Journal-World & News
March 18, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>The highly anticipated mixed-use Grand Avenue project in downtown L.A. has just secured $100 million in funding. This new funding is expected to kickstart the project's construction, which has been delayed for months.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Bureaucratic red tape has slowed the development process for years in Santa Cruz, California. Now proposed changes look to speed up the process, but critics say the changes could open the door to under-controlled development.</p>
Santa Cruz Sentinel
March 18, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Gallatin County, Montana, has experienced 20 percent population growth over the last eight years, and officials are hoping that the adoption of smart growth principles will help guide the rapidly developing area towards a sustainable future.</p>
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
March 18, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Condos are booming in Vancouver, and as a result the city's young creatives are being squeezed out.</p>
The Globe & Mail
March 18, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The suburban Detroit town of Wixom is looking to lure in residents by creating dense downtown living.</p>
The Detroit Free Press
March 17, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A look at how the specter of Boston's Big Dig cast a dark shadow over proposed freeway replacement plans in Seattle and other cities.</p>
The Boston Globe
March 17, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This report from <em>Progressive Urban Management Associates</em> outlines the ten trends that will impact downtowns over the next two decades.</p>
Downtown Idea Exchange
March 16, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>A new report from the <em>American Public Transportation Association</em> hypothesizes that people who live in places shaped by transit tend to drive less thereby reducing their overall petroleum use and their carbon footprint.</p>
American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Blog post
March 15, 2008, 1pm PDT

Often, planners and economists seem to be at odds. Actually, a better description would be talking past each other—literally two ships passing in the night.

Planners often think economists are too narrowly focused on dollars, cents, and rational decisionmaking. Economists can’t understand why planners don’t recognize the real world of markets and why incentives matter—a lot.

Samuel Staley
March 13, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Included in the budget of any new county building in Los Angeles County is a 1% line item for the creation of public art -- part of a public art program initiated in 2004. The first building to utilize this line item has just been completed.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Downtown waterfront redevelopment is attracting a new kind of resident to Yonkers, New York.</p>
The New York Times
March 12, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Libertarian economist Randal O'Toole has become notorious for defending sprawl in recent years. This article from <em>The Toronto Star</em> wonders if he might have a valid point.</p>
The Toronto Star
March 11, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A swath of residential developments are ushering in a more dense and more lively atmosphere into L.A.'s Wilshire corridor. But many are concerned that the new residences will add too much traffic to an already congested area.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 11, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Cities are undergoing major changes in terms of demographics and development patterns. How cities will react to these changes remains up in the air.</p>
The Guardian
March 11, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Proposed housing developments in the urban core of Waco, Texas, have given many in the city high hopes for a denser, more vibrant central city.</p>
The Waco Tribune
March 11, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>A look at the similarities between Los Angeles and Mexico City.</p>
LA Weekly