Urban Development

August 12, 2008, 8am PDT
The cost of commuting is beginning to trump federal policies favoring exurban development, and transit ridership is at a fifty year high.
The Washington Post
August 10, 2008, 1pm PDT
Peter Docter, director of the animated film 'Monsters Inc.', has submitted plans to build a series of artificial tree houses on his land in Lafayette, CA to be his family's home. The Planning Commission is currently considering the project.
San Jose Mercury News
August 8, 2008, 5am PDT
The expansion of a Baltimore hospital has sparked a neighborhood-wide urban renewal project.
The New York Times
August 7, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Olympics-related construction in Beijing has impressed many, but does little to make the city a better place. Architecture critic Blair Kamin says Chicago needs to be careful about not repeating China's mistakes if it hosts the games in 2016.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Suburban growth in the DC area has been fueled by low gas prices and abundant freeways. Expensive gas has changed this growth paradigm as commuters shift to public transit and seek close-in homes. Will government respond to the change in the market?</p>
The Washington Post
August 7, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>China is rapidly becoming home to more and more mega-cities, and there's little sign of it slowing down.</p>
The Washington Post
August 5, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Simmons Buntin tours metropolitan Denver with local planner Carolyn Dooling and finds a host of vibrant developments.</p>
The Next American City
August 5, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>In Boston, architecture firm Utile and non-profit developer Urban Edge bring a new, stylish look to affordable housing.</p>
The Boston Globe
August 5, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the MPO for the Philadelphia metropolitan region, has introduced an innovate way of making people aware of the benefits of older, established suburbs: market them.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Andres Duany and other experts discuss how the convergence of high gas prices and the foreclosure crisis may reverse years of cheap gas and cheap exurban land. He's pushing mixed uses and reformed zoning in suburbia, and he's betting on Texas.</p>
U.S. News & World Report
August 4, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>City planners in Charleston, SC would like to see some local malls redeveloped as mini-downtowns, filling in their parking lots with buildings, but local developers think they're insane. 'This really horrifies me,' says one business person.</p>
The Post & Courier, Charleston, S.C.
August 4, 2008, 5am PDT
Wes Marshall and Norman Garrick illustrate the problem with parking plans today, and how to fix them.
Wes Marshall and Norman Garrick
August 1, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>As the downtown master plan of Baton Rouge turns ten years old, planners are looking at the next stages of development. They say eight factors play into making this and other downtowns successful.</p>
Baton Rouge Business Report
August 1, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>A $300 million mixed-use development is bringing new life to a long-neglected industrial district of Providence, RI.</p>
The New York Times
August 1, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Christopher Hume argues that Toronto's planners, in planning for easy vehicle access to the revitalizing waterfront, will be harming it as a pedestrian environment.</p>
The Toronto Star
July 31, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>'The Brownstones' is the name of a new housing development in Oklahoma City, an example of how urbanity is becoming a lifestyle choice. The video is highly promotional, but is worth watching to see the 'brownstone style" development in its setting.</p>
July 31, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>In the face of alarming obesity rates among many of its low-income residents, LA's City Council has voted to approve a moratorium on the construction of new fast-food restaurants in South LA.</p>
The Globe and Mail
July 30, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Hiking and cycling traffic on the Great Allegheny Passageway has brought jobs and prosperity to small towns along the route.</p>
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 28, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Philip Langdon comments on the the economy of oil and its effects on urban design in the July/August issue of <em>New Urban News</em>.</p>
New Urban News
July 28, 2008, 5am PDT
Planetizen talks with journalist and syndicated columnist Neal Peirce about the trends he's seen over the course of his career and the future of America's metropolitan regions.