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‘Cut the Tape’ Report Takes Aim at Inefficiencies

A set of recommendations from the Chicago mayor’s office calls for streamlining city processes to stimulate more residential and commercial development.

April 12 - Block Club Chicago

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Fair Housing Cannot Take a Back Seat to ‘Build, Baby, Build’

If we overlook fair housing principles in the plan to build US housing back better, we risk ending up right back where we started.

April 11 - James Jennings

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When Driving Isn't an Option: Steering Away From Car Dependency

April 11 - When Driving Is Not an Option: Steering Away from Car Dependency

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Depopulation Patterns Get Weird

April 10 - California Planning & Development Report

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California Exodus: Population Drops Below 39 Million

Never mind the 40 million that demographers predicted the Golden State would reach by 2018. The state's population dipped below 39 million to 38.965 million last July, according to Census data released in March, the lowest since 2015.

April 11 - Los Angeles Times

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Chicago to Turn High-Rise Offices into Housing

Four commercial buildings in the Chicago Loop have been approved for redevelopment into housing in a bid to revitalize the city’s downtown post-pandemic.

April 10 - Chicago Construction News

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Nearly Half of New York City Burdened by Pollution

Communities of color make up the majority of people harmed by pollution, as well as heat and flooding, says the study, which is New York City’s first comprehensive survey of environmental injustices.

April 9 - The Guardian

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A History of Public Transit Disinvestment in the US

The Union of Concerned Scientists takes us on a “trip down memory ‘train,’” examining the history of public transit, including its chronic disinvestment and perpetuation of racism, from the 1800s to today.

April 5 - Union Of Concerned Scientists

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Can Technology Help Build Better Housing?

Cities need more “missing middle” housing. A new startup aims to help real estate developers build it.

April 8 - Hugh McFall

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Florida Law Targets ‘Activist’ Road Diets

Gov. DeSantis signed a transportation law that complicates the process for lane reductions, despite the rising number of pedestrian deaths in the state.

April 8 - Florida Politics

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Elevating the ‘Small Stuff’ in Urban Design

Chuck Wolfe recaps arguments in favor of increased attention to incidentals — from benches to bollards — in urban development practices.

April 4 - Resurgence: A Journey via Substack

Row of large multistory homes with multilevel porches on the front and a bike lane on the street in front of them.

Washington State Legislates Statewide Cohousing Development

The new law will prevent local governments from prohibiting the development of coliving multifamily development through zoning and other regulations.

April 4 - Spokesman-Review

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California Bills Would Clarify, Restrict ‘Builder’s Remedy’

The controversial law lets developers skirt local zoning rules in cities without state-approved housing plans.

April 5 - CALmatters

24-hour parking sign above parking garage entrance through which you can see a white SUV driving

Want to Reduce Traffic Congestion? Cash Out Employer-Paid Parking

Employer-paid parking will undermine New York City’s congestion tolls. But parking cash-out policies like those in California and Washington D.C. can solve the problem.

April 1 - Donald Shoup

Street Traffic in Manhattan

New York Congestion Pricing Approved by MTA Board

The program took another step forward as the board approved a proposed pricing scheme, but lawsuits still stand in the way of full implementation.

March 28 - Smart Cities Dive

New York City Subway

Opinion: Getting New York City’s Congestion Pricing Right

Improved transit service could make a major difference in how the program is received by New Yorkers.

March 24 - The New Republic

Freeway toll booth with "Stop" and "Pay Toll" signs

Clearer Thinking About Transportation Pricing

It’s time to reform transportation pricing to reduce traffic congestion, crashes, and pollution, and improve non-auto travel options. Raise my prices, please!

February 13 - Todd Litman

Yellow taxis and white cars in traffic on New York City street.

Congestion Pricing: New York City’s Next Hero

Big problems need big solutions.

January 24 - Marcelo Remond

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24-hour parking sign above parking garage entrance through which you can see a white SUV driving

Want to Reduce Traffic Congestion? Cash Out Employer-Paid Parking

Employer-paid parking will undermine New York City’s congestion tolls. But parking cash-out policies like those in California and Washington D.C. can solve the problem.

April 1 - Donald Shoup

Street Traffic in Manhattan

New York Congestion Pricing Approved by MTA Board

The program took another step forward as the board approved a proposed pricing scheme, but lawsuits still stand in the way of full implementation.

March 28 - Smart Cities Dive

New York City Subway

Opinion: Getting New York City’s Congestion Pricing Right

Improved transit service could make a major difference in how the program is received by New Yorkers.

March 24 - The New Republic

Freeway toll booth with "Stop" and "Pay Toll" signs

Clearer Thinking About Transportation Pricing

It’s time to reform transportation pricing to reduce traffic congestion, crashes, and pollution, and improve non-auto travel options. Raise my prices, please!

February 13 - Todd Litman

Yellow taxis and white cars in traffic on New York City street.

Congestion Pricing: New York City’s Next Hero

Big problems need big solutions.

January 24 - Marcelo Remond

The High Cost Of Minimum Parking Requirements

Donald Shoup has famously argued that minimum parking requirements cause congestion, air pollution, sprawl, poor urban design, and auto-dependence, among other consequences. Now Shoup teaches the central tenet of parking reform for Planetizen Courses.

 

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