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Some planners and government officials in Dallas are concerned about the suburban boom occurring in counties north of Dallas. The reasons why are reminiscent of the Rust Belt in the 1960s.
18 hours ago   The Dallas Morning News
The concept of "traffic calming," in which urban streets are altered in order to make them feel slower for drivers is discussed in this video from Street Films.
Apr 7, 2011
Writing for <em>Retail Traffic Magazine</em>, David Lynn claims that a renewed urbanization movement in the United States will drive retailers and investors to change their strategies to fit a more urban market.
Apr 6, 2011   Retail Traffic
A small town in Michigan created a network of underground pipes to divert waste heat from its power plant to downtown streets and sidewalks. Today, the community benefits from sidewalks that remain clear and dry no matter how cold it gets.
Apr 6, 2011   Metropolis Magazine
A recent study by the National Association of Realtors found that 56 per cent of respondents preferred walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods over neighborhoods that required more driving between home, work, and recreation.
Apr 6, 2011   Market Wire
The slums of the world's megacities have been the subject of much admiration among urban thinkers recently. Joel Kotkin argues that adulation is misguided.
Apr 5, 2011   New Geography
Scott Doyon laments his growing knowledge of what makes great places because of how overly aware it makes him of bad planning and design.
Apr 5, 2011   PlaceShakers
An executive of Majestic Realty, one of the developers bidding to construct an NFL stadium in Los Angeles, cited sprawl in the City of Industry as an advantage over AEG's proposal to build a stadium in downtown LA.
Apr 5, 2011   LA Streets Blog
Rod Stevens, a business consultant specializing in urban ventures, compiled a list of the most common "silver bullet" solutions put in place by city leaders to address redevelopment over the past 60 years.
Apr 5, 2011   Urbanophile
An article posted on DC Streets Blog claims to explain the relationship between ad dollars from the automotive industry and the media's "bike backlash."
Apr 4, 2011   DC Streets Blog
A Berkeley, California resident sued the city to stop a 98-unit affordable housing development, claiming violations of CEQA, the state's density bonus law, and more. The Court of Appeals rejected the resident's claims, setting a precedent that might help unclog the city's NIMBYism on new development. Mark Rhoades, former Berkeley land use planning manager and developer on the project, explains why this case is important. Exclusive
Apr 4, 2011  By Mark A. Rhoades AICP