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Planning Trends to Watch in 2024

February 28 - Diana Ionescu

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How Fair and Viable Is Free Transit?

Without other dedicated funding sources, U.S. transit agencies likely can’t sustain fare-free programs.

February 27 - Stateline

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Pedestrian Deaths Tick Down — But Rose 58 Percent in the Last Decade

Road fatalities fell by a meager 4 percent in the first half of 2023.

February 27 - Governors Highway Safety Association

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Indiana Once Again Considering Ban on Dedicated Transit Lanes

The proposed legislation would impact the construction of planned IndyGo Blue Line, the third phase of the city’s bus rapid transit system.

February 25 - Fox 59

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LA’s ‘Spongy’ Infrastructure Captured Almost 9 Billion Gallons of Water

The city is turning away from stormwater management practices that shuttle water to the ocean, building infrastructure that collects and directs it underground instead.

February 25 - Wired

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Investors Snapping Up Record-High Number of Affordable Homes

High interest rates and record-high prices are driving investors to focus on homes in the lower price tier, exacerbating inventory shortages and pushing regular home buyers out of the market.

February 25 - Yahoo Finance

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Proposal Would Link Highway Funding to Zoning

Experts argue that zoning, housing, and transportation policy are intimately linked.

February 22 - Federation of American Scientists

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New Threat to Urban Infrastructure: Underground Climate Change

Subsurface heat islands in dense urban areas can cause buildings and infrastructure to shift, tilt, and crack, a new study finds.

February 22 - Financial Times

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Facing Housing Crisis, Oregon Could Alter its Historic Land Use Law

A 1973 state law creates urban growth boundaries that limit urban sprawl, but rising housing costs are causing lawmakers to consider a one-time expansion.

February 26 - Associated Press

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5 Office Conversions Making Waves in 2024

Adaptive reuse projects are transforming underutilized office space into mixed-use hubs of housing and commerce.

February 27 - Smart Cities Dive

Google street view of wide grassy median in Beverly Hills, California.

Beverly Hills Installs First ‘Green Street’

A three-block median featuring native plants and bioswales is part of the city’s broader effort to reduce water consumption and pollution.

February 22 - Beverly Press

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A Holistic Approach to Revitalizing Neighborhoods

Affordable housing is one piece of a larger, interconnected approach.

February 27 - Next City

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Study: Seattle Vision Zero Projects Not Bad for Business

An analysis of seven road safety project sites showed no negative economic impact on surrounding businesses.

20 minutes ago - UW News

Yellow 'Yield to pedestrians' sign with graphic sign of person walking across street.

Pedestrian Deaths Tick Down — But Rose 58 Percent in the Last Decade

Road fatalities fell by a meager 4 percent in the first half of 2023.

February 27 - Governors Highway Safety Association

Man on bike rides next to parked cars.

Opinion: How Vehicle-to-Everything Tech Can Protect Cyclists

The technology could enable cars and bikes to communicate and reduce collisions.

February 22 - Streetsblog USA

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Denver Road Safety Advocates Call for Banning Right Turns on Red

The city could join others that have ended the practice, which contributes to the high number of pedestrian deaths.

February 20 - ABC 7

White bike helmet lies upturned on a road with red bicylce underneath the front of a far in the background.

Florida Is the Deadliest State for Cyclists

Seven of the 10 U.S. counties with the highest cyclist fatality rates are located in Florida, new analysis shows.

February 20 - The Guardian

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Street view of 4th Avenue, a commercial street of shops and restaurants through the city center of downtown Seattle, Washington.

Study: Seattle Vision Zero Projects Not Bad for Business

An analysis of seven road safety project sites showed no negative economic impact on surrounding businesses.

20 minutes ago - UW News

Yellow 'Yield to pedestrians' sign with graphic sign of person walking across street.

Pedestrian Deaths Tick Down — But Rose 58 Percent in the Last Decade

Road fatalities fell by a meager 4 percent in the first half of 2023.

February 27 - Governors Highway Safety Association

Man on bike rides next to parked cars.

Opinion: How Vehicle-to-Everything Tech Can Protect Cyclists

The technology could enable cars and bikes to communicate and reduce collisions.

February 22 - Streetsblog USA

Close-up of 'No Right Turn on Red' sign in San Francisco, California.

Denver Road Safety Advocates Call for Banning Right Turns on Red

The city could join others that have ended the practice, which contributes to the high number of pedestrian deaths.

February 20 - ABC 7

White bike helmet lies upturned on a road with red bicylce underneath the front of a far in the background.

Florida Is the Deadliest State for Cyclists

Seven of the 10 U.S. counties with the highest cyclist fatality rates are located in Florida, new analysis shows.

February 20 - The Guardian

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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