Urban Development

May 27, 2016, 2pm PDT
Planetizen Managing Editor James Brasuell shares some of the biggest news and announcements from the week in planning, land use, and related topics.
Planetizen
May 27, 2016, 11am PDT
The crisis facing many Fresno renters is nothing new. A history of housing in the city shows how, since the late 19th century, poor housing conditions have been "ingrained in Fresno's culture."
Fresno Bee
May 26, 2016, 1pm PDT
Numerous popular and academic writers from the 1950s and 1960s critiqued suburban development patterns and found them wanting.
Curbed
May 26, 2016, 5am PDT
The Tampa City Council approved a big, ambitious park proposal for 23 neglected acres along the Hillsborough River.
Tampa Bay Times
May 25, 2016, 1pm PDT
Washington, D.C. has many great museums. One of its least known may be the most interesting to architects, planners, builders, and others. The National Building Museum is all about the built environment.
UrbDeZine
Feature
May 25, 2016, 9am PDT
Oregon's poster child for livable planning is embroiled in new controversies over destructive growth, skyrocketing prices, and back-room cronyism.
Michael Mehaffy
May 25, 2016, 7am PDT
For a little while there, it looked like the Texas Ranger were going urban.
Fort Worth Business
May 24, 2016, 7am PDT
The Downtown Project was envisioned as a five-year plan to develop a hub of start-ups, small businesses, and cultural attractions in Downtown Las Vegas, but things haven't gone according to schedule.
Quartz
Blog post
May 23, 2016, 2pm PDT
Reviewing Governor Jerry Brown's recent proposed legislation to permit projects that provide affordable housing to be approved as-of-right.
Reuben Duarte
May 23, 2016, 12pm PDT
New York's 1916 zoning code would not have allowed 40 percent of buildings in Manhattan to be built today, according to a recent analysis. It also turns 100 on August 27 of this year.
New York Times
May 23, 2016, 11am PDT
Middle class African-Americans are fleeing Chicago due to crime, not due to being priced out, as is common elsewhere. "On average more than 10,000 African-Americans leave the city every," reports Brandis Friedman of WTTW for the PBS NewsHour.
PBS NewsHour
May 23, 2016, 9am PDT
A Chicago nonprofit drew criticism for opposing the planned Lucas Museum in favor of a large parking lot. But the organization says it fits into their mission of promoting open space.
Chi.Streetsblog
May 23, 2016, 5am PDT
If some residences look a little out of place in Washington, D.C., it may be because they were originally retail shops. A Tumblr is devoted to these homes, and the zoning laws that created them.
CityLab
May 22, 2016, 1pm PDT
It's hard to imagine a policy that so comprehensively acts to create disincentives for sprawl gaining political traction anywhere in the United States.
Toronto Star
May 22, 2016, 7am PDT
Kinder Institute director William Fulton discusses Houston's changing demographics and economic prospects. He sees the city as a place to pioneer and implement solutions to Sun Belt problems.
Next City
May 21, 2016, 1pm PDT
After stakeholder engagement and an international design competition, Agence Ter's plan for "radical flatness" has been selected to replace downtown L.A.'s current Pershing Square. The preferred alternative is, above all, simple.
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2016, 11am PDT
John A. Fry lacks a terminal degree, but what he doesn't lack is land use and redevelopment know-how. Drexel University in Philadelphia is the latest to employ his talents.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 21, 2016, 9am PDT
A Seattle writer makes the case for a new school to be located in Downtown Seattle.
The Urbanist
May 21, 2016, 5am PDT
The Ivy District is notable for its scale as well as for the funding mechanisms that made the project happen.
Houston Chronicle
May 20, 2016, 7am PDT
Perhaps no development is more associated with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee than Trump Towers, which established his reputation as a developer with little regard for historic preservation and revealed his character in business.
Planetizen