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California Cities Cite Historic Preservation to Block Development

Are some cities using historic designations disingenuously?

December 7 - Mercury News

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HUD Proposes Making Pandemic Eviction Protections Permanent

The proposed rule would apply to residents of multifamily housing supported by federal rental assistance.

December 7 - McKnight Senior Living

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Eugene Ends Parking Minimums

In a move that complies with a state law aimed at reducing transportation emissions, Eugene amended its parking rules to eliminate minimum requirements and set maximum parking lot sizes.

December 3 - NBC 16

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How Paris, Texas Became a ‘Unicorn’ for Rural Transit

A robust coalition of advocates in the town of 25,000 brought together the funding and resources to launch a popular bus service that some residents see as a mobility lifeline—and a social club.

November 30 - Texas Monthly

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Want Less Traffic and More Parking? Start Charging for It!

Cities often fail to effectively manage parking—and the public pays for it.

December 5 - Marcelo Remond

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Seattle’s Bike Infrastructure Hamstrings Growth

Design standards that call for minimal road space allocated to bikes are limiting the growth of cycling in the city.

December 4 - The Urbanist

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San Diego Trolley Nation’s Most Popular Light Rail

The system's ridership benefited from an extension project and free transit for youth.

November 30 - Axios

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Brightline West Awarded $3 Billion in Federal Funding

The high-speed rail line will cut travel time between Southern California and Las Vegas roughly in half.

December 5 - Fox 5

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How Design Can Help Mitigate Extreme Heat

To prepare for hotter summers, designers and architects can build resilience into the urban environment.

December 6 - Sheba Ross

Greyhound bus station in Houston, Texas next to street with light rail tracks.

Greyhound Leaves Downtown Houston

The bus company is moving to a smaller station farther from the city center.

December 1 - Houston Chronicle

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NYC Launches Daylighting Plan

The city will install visibility improvements at over 1,000 intersections to improve traffic safety.

December 4 - Curbed

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Newton Passes Upzoning to Comply With MBTA Communities Act

The Massachusetts city will permit multifamily housing in some of its ‘village centers’ to comply with state law.

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Alexandria Passes Zoning Reform

The city is one of a growing list to eliminate single-family zoning.

December 3 - DCist

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The Rise of Zoning Reform

As the housing affordability crisis spread from mainly coastal cities to the rest of the nation, cities and states are taking a serious look at outdated zoning codes that hamper efforts to build more housing.

November 29 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Durham Eliminates Parking Requirements

Another domino has fallen in the parking reform movement.

November 27 - The News & Observer

Salt Lake City, Utah

Audit Reveals Utah’s Housing Shortage

The state must build 28,000 housing units each year to keep up with a growing need.

November 20 - Deseret News

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Aerial view of Newton, Massachusetts.

Newton Passes Upzoning to Comply With MBTA Communities Act

The Massachusetts city will permit multifamily housing in some of its ‘village centers’ to comply with state law.

14 seconds ago - Mass Live

WMATA train on elevated track passing by brick multistory buildings in Alexandria, Virginia.

Alexandria Passes Zoning Reform

The city is one of a growing list to eliminate single-family zoning.

December 3 - DCist

Aerial view of suburb outside Dallas, Texas with large single-family houses with enclosed backyards and green lawns.

The Rise of Zoning Reform

As the housing affordability crisis spread from mainly coastal cities to the rest of the nation, cities and states are taking a serious look at outdated zoning codes that hamper efforts to build more housing.

November 29 - Bloomberg CityLab

View of low-rise buildings in downtown Durham, North Carolina at sunset.

Durham Eliminates Parking Requirements

Another domino has fallen in the parking reform movement.

November 27 - The News & Observer

Salt Lake City, Utah

Audit Reveals Utah’s Housing Shortage

The state must build 28,000 housing units each year to keep up with a growing need.

November 20 - Deseret News

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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