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Minnesota Legalizes Flying Cars

A new Minnesota law outlines state registration of “roadable aircraft” and legalizes their use on state roads and highways.

May 28 - The U.S. Sun

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Proposed Bill Would Outlaw Nearly Half of Cleveland's Airbnbs

The proposed new ordinance aims to help combat the Cleveland's housing crunch and eliminate nuisance complaints related to short-term rental properties.

May 27 - Cleveland Scene

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States Are Banning Guaranteed Income Programs

Four states now have laws in place that prevent cities and counties from creating or continuing guaranteed income programs, and several more have tried or are trying.

May 23 - Bloomberg CityLab

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LA’s Abandoned Towers Loom as a “$1.2 Billion Ruin of Global Capital”

Oceanwide Plaza, shuttered mid-construction after its developer filed for bankruptcy, has stood vacant on prime Los Angeles real estate since 2019.

May 21 - The Architect's Newspaper

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California Cities Suspend Natural Gas Bans Following Court Ruling

A Ninth Circuit court ruling forced Berkeley to reverse its ban on natural gas in new buildings, prompting other cities to suspend their own efforts to promote all-electric buildings.

May 28 - East Bay Times

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The Passenger Rail Revival Is Here

For the first time in decades, multiple rail projects are moving forward that could have a transformative impact on train travel in the United States.

May 21 - Route Fifty

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Arizona Legalizes ADUs and Higher Downtown Density Statewide

Two new laws require cities to permit ‘missing middle housing’ near city centers and ADUs on all single-family lots.

May 28 - The Real Deal

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Michigan DOT Nixes Ann Arbor Highway Expansion

In response to public feedback, the Michigan Department of Transportation is no longer considering options to widen U.S. 23 on Ann Arbor’s east side.

May 28 - MLive

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Rural New York Explores Creative Housing Solutions

Rural communities and small cities are implementing affordable housing solutions at the local level, while the state budget prioritizes urban areas.

May 21 - Mark McNulty

A white crosswalk painted by Crosswalk Collective LA in Los Angeles, California.

Guerilla Urbanism Spurs Action From Cities

Rather than take a hostile approach to DIY urbanism, some cities are using guerilla efforts as an opportunity to understand critical infrastructure gaps.

May 24 - Smart Cities Dive

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Chicago Leads Nation in Biking Growth

Cycling as a mode share grew faster in the Windy City over the last five years than in any other major U.S. metropolis.

May 22 - Momentum Magazine

Man sitting on concrete wall with bike next to bike lane on Chicago waterfront.

Bike Month Is Over — But the Work Continues

The effort to build better bike infrastructure in U.S. cities remains an uphill battle, but there are bright spots.

May 29 - Diana Ionescu

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Indianapolis to Offer Free Bike Share Passes to All Residents

It will be the first U.S. city to make bike share free for all.

May 29 - Momentum Magazine

People on bikes and walking on 606 Bloomingdale Bike Trail on sunny day in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Leads Nation in Biking Growth

Cycling as a mode share grew faster in the Windy City over the last five years than in any other major U.S. metropolis.

May 22 - Momentum Magazine

Cyclists riding on green painted bike lane protected by flexible post delineators in Chicago, Illinois.

Study: Lack of Safe Infrastructure Keeps People Away From Active Transportation

Roughly two-thirds of respondents to an REI Co-op survey said they would ride bikes more if protected bike lanes and other safety measures were more prevalent in their communities.

May 15 - REI Co-op

Line of five cyclists bike away from camera in wide protected bike lane on the right side of a street, with low-rise residential buildings in the background.

Book Review: Shifting Focus from Car-Free to Car-Lite Cities

Instead of aiming to make cities better for bikes, a new book argues we should be making cities better with bikes using a car-lite, not a car-free approach.

May 14 - Stephanie Rouse

Man sitting on concrete wall with bike next to bike lane on Chicago waterfront.

Bike Month Is Over — But the Work Continues

The effort to build better bike infrastructure in U.S. cities remains an uphill battle, but there are bright spots.

May 29 - Diana Ionescu

Group of people riding Pacers Bikeshare bikes on a tree-lined paved path.

Indianapolis to Offer Free Bike Share Passes to All Residents

It will be the first U.S. city to make bike share free for all.

May 29 - Momentum Magazine

People on bikes and walking on 606 Bloomingdale Bike Trail on sunny day in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Leads Nation in Biking Growth

Cycling as a mode share grew faster in the Windy City over the last five years than in any other major U.S. metropolis.

May 22 - Momentum Magazine

Cyclists riding on green painted bike lane protected by flexible post delineators in Chicago, Illinois.

Study: Lack of Safe Infrastructure Keeps People Away From Active Transportation

Roughly two-thirds of respondents to an REI Co-op survey said they would ride bikes more if protected bike lanes and other safety measures were more prevalent in their communities.

May 15 - REI Co-op

Line of five cyclists bike away from camera in wide protected bike lane on the right side of a street, with low-rise residential buildings in the background.

Book Review: Shifting Focus from Car-Free to Car-Lite Cities

Instead of aiming to make cities better for bikes, a new book argues we should be making cities better with bikes using a car-lite, not a car-free approach.

May 14 - Stephanie Rouse

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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