Urban Development

May 2, 2016, 2pm PDT
The city of Chicago is focusing its development incentives around transit stations, but the people moving into those neighborhoods tend to be wealthier than previous residents.
Chicago Tribune
May 2, 2016, 8am PDT
Since the dissolution of California's redevelopment agencies, the state has been fine-tuning a new and improved economic development tool: Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts.
The Planning Report
May 1, 2016, 1pm PDT
Building permits for Accessory Dwelling Units have been stopped by court order in Los Angeles.
The Planning Report
May 1, 2016, 11am PDT
Seattle's updated list of masonry structures at risk from earthquake includes many structures in the Capitol Hill district. Property owners are not currently mandated to retrofit the buildings they own.
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
May 1, 2016, 5am PDT
The High Line's brand of urban reinvention has caught on, sparking a number of similar projects throughout the world. In addition to disused rail, many projects repurpose old road infrastructure.
Citiscope
April 30, 2016, 9am PDT
The city of Evansville will consider in the coming weeks a proposal to empower its land bank to take title and demolish roughly 200 properties. A recent report paid for by the city only bolsters the argument in favor of the action.
Tristate Homepage
April 30, 2016, 7am PDT
A critical component of the landmark and controversial Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) platform, announced first in July 2015.
The Seattle Times
April 30, 2016, 5am PDT
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sees rebuilding America's ailing infrastructure as an opportunity to "right past wrongs," particularly with 1950s and 1960s-era freeways that bisected communities. NPR and Streetsblog describe the new initiative.
NPR
April 29, 2016, 12pm PDT
While urbanists target zoning reform to help build more housing in desirable neighborhoods, other neighborhoods around cities are being left behind to languish, according to this opinion piece published by Forbes.
Forbes
April 29, 2016, 11am PDT
In a significant effort to shift from sprawl toward incentivizing low-carbon transportation options, California is revising the way it measures traffic impacts of development projects under its Environmental Quality Act.
The Planning Report
April 29, 2016, 7am PDT
The UN's Habitat III conference will be held in October of this year. Thomas Forster argues that urban areas are being considered in isolation, without enough attention to rural areas and food systems.
Citiscope
April 29, 2016, 5am PDT
Historic London collects panoramic views of modern London streets with historic photos transposed over them. Most of the views date from the first two decades of the 20th century.
Historic London
April 28, 2016, 12pm PDT
Bruce Katz argues that federal investment in urban areas fosters a public/private ecosystem that can prioritize long-term thinking, minimizing the "short-termism" endemic to corporations and governments acting alone.
Brookings
April 28, 2016, 7am PDT
Seattle's 12th Avenue park offers a prototype for future urban parks. It is compact, doesn't require buying a lot of costly land, and can accommodate neighborhood scale events and programs
Crosscut
April 28, 2016, 6am PDT
Facadism is a critical concept for evaluating projects that rehabilitate, renovate, or redevelop historic structures—but it's often considered too esoteric for conversation. It's time we all got on the same page.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 27, 2016, 2pm PDT
A grassroots housing plan in Baltimore would keep control over neighborhood revitalization, and its benefits, in communities.
The Nation
April 27, 2016, 1pm PDT
Planners have set their sights on the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami with the goal of turning the area's car-centric Calle Ocho into a ped-friendly Main Street.
CityLab
April 27, 2016, 12pm PDT
Beginning with the first U.S. planned urban development, St. Augustine, Fla., and ending with one of Portland's newest neighborhoods, the Pearl District, host Geoffrey Baer takes us through ten developments that left their mark, for better or worse.
PBS
April 27, 2016, 8am PDT
Nicole Gelinas writes a column that deliberately establishes an urban vs. suburban conflict over the issue of a $10 billion proposal to build a new Port Authority bus terminal on Manhattan's West Side.
New York Post
April 27, 2016, 5am PDT
Planning decisions overwhelmingly don't address women's needs, according to an article in The Huffington Post.
The Huffington Post