California

Is gentrification the inevitable result of land use planning that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by favoring infill development over auto-dependent sprawl? The Urban Displacement Project looks at the unintended effects of Plan Bay Area.
5 hours ago   Marin Independent Journal
At last year's statewide conference, California planners were excited about saving the world from climate change. Now they discover it's hard work!
Sep 25, 2008   California Planning & Development Report
Renzo Piano's new Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco is bursting with green technology and alive with plants.
Sep 24, 2008   Bloomberg.com
Some 'parkers' faced police harassment, but on the whole Park(ing) Day 2008 was sunny and positive, as Los Angelenos put their own stamp on the celebration. In this video slideshow, we take a tour of some of L.A.'s parking spot parks. Exclusive
Sep 22, 2008  By Nate Berg
The Sept. 12 crash of a Metrolink commuter train with a U.P. freight train resulting in 25 deaths has brought attention to Southern California's regional rail system, revealing that it is a weak 'stepchild' to the larger, better funded LA MTA.
Sep 22, 2008   Los Angeles Times
As California planners convene in Hollywood this week, Bill Fulton reminds them that Hollywood is not just Tinseltown, but a real urban place with a real urban history.
Sep 22, 2008   California Planning & Development Report
This article from <em>Metropolis</em> looks at the plan for a magnetic-levitation train connecting Las Vegas and Anaheim, which has been brewing for years. But is this idea detracting from more feasible high speed rail plans?
Sep 22, 2008   Metropolis
Large supermarkets in San Francisco are being replaced with higher-end specialty grocers, and some say it's a bad thing for many customers.
Sep 22, 2008   San Francisco Chronicle
Latinos in the U.S. may be at the forefront of the movement towards urbanism, particularly in their use of public space. Exclusive
Sep 22, 2008  By Josh Stephens
Scraper bikes, tricked-out bicycles adopted from scraper cars (with wheels so big they scrape the inside of the wheel well), have become increasingly popular among carless teens in Oakland, CA.
Sep 18, 2008   National Public Radio
Berkeley, CA has just launched a loan program for property owners who wish to install solar panels on their roofs. Despite a frail economy, the city council is optimistic about the program's success.
Sep 18, 2008   The New York Times