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NYC Issues Over $16 Million in Short-Term Rental Fines

So far, the strict new regulations governing Airbnb and other short-term rentals have not made a significant impact on the rental housing market.

May 16 - The Real Deal

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‘Shawshank Redemption’: 5 Adaptive Reuse Strategies for Shuttered Jails

Redeveloping closed correctional facilities in ways that foster just and thriving communities is a growing trend across the United States.

May 15 - Vera

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Hawaii Passes First Legislation Regulating Short-Term Rentals Statewide

The new law will give counties the power to limit number or short-term rentals and convert existing short-term rental units back into long-term residential housing.

May 13 - USA Today

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Ohio Towns Move to Ban New Car Washes

City officials in northeast Ohio are putting limits on how many car wash facilities can open in their towns.

May 16 - News 5 Cleveland

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More Passenger Rail Coming to Montana

Planning is underway to restore a 45-year-defunct regional passenger rail line connecting southern Montana to Billings and Amtrak’s east-west Empire Builder line from Seattle to Chicago.

May 14 - 8KPAX

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Congestion Pricing in the San Francisco Bay Area

Planners call them “express lanes,” but make no mistake, they are congestion pricing in action, and they're successful. The Bay Area network of what the Federal Highway Administration calls “high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes” is growing.

May 12 - San Francisco Chronicle

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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

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Is California's Housing Situation Turning Around?

Population is stagnant. But housing supply is growing. Is this the beginning of a Great Correction?

May 14 - California Planning & Development Report

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‘Stroads:’ The Worst of Both Worlds

An urban planning critic says the U.S. should build streets for people to live on, and roads to move traffic quickly.

May 15 - The Wall Street Journal

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Two and a Half Cheers for the Tech Billionaires

For all of California Forever's flaws, it is a litmus test: are California’s public officials and housing advocates really serious about trying to meet the Bay Area’s housing needs, or is housing for them just another series of performative gestures?

May 19 - Alan Mallach

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California Halts Three Years of Population Loss

The Golden State grew by 67,000 people, or 0.17%, last year, to just over 39.1 million on Jan. 1, 2024, according to a demographic report released April 30 by the California Department of Finance.

May 16 - California Department of Finance

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

Six people posing with Red Bike bike share bikes with bridge and river in background.

Cincinnati Bike Share System To Relaunch May 13

The Red Bike system suspended operations in March, but has since raised funds through a private campaign to resume service.

May 7 - WLWT

Green painted two-way bike lane with bike symbols and arrows.

It’s National Bike Month — Is Your City Safe for Cycling?

Getting more people on bikes requires safe, comfortable bike infrastructure and connectivity to transit.

May 2 - Diana Ionescu

Row of black and green Los Angeles Metro bike share bikes at station with red building with clock and'Los Angeles' lettering in background.

LA Metro Celebrates Bike Month With Free Rides, Discounted Bike Share

Skeptical about riding a bike in Los Angeles? Its transit agency wants to change your mind this May.

May 1 - The Source (Metro)

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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

Six people posing with Red Bike bike share bikes with bridge and river in background.

Cincinnati Bike Share System To Relaunch May 13

The Red Bike system suspended operations in March, but has since raised funds through a private campaign to resume service.

May 7 - WLWT

Green painted two-way bike lane with bike symbols and arrows.

It’s National Bike Month — Is Your City Safe for Cycling?

Getting more people on bikes requires safe, comfortable bike infrastructure and connectivity to transit.

May 2 - Diana Ionescu

Row of black and green Los Angeles Metro bike share bikes at station with red building with clock and'Los Angeles' lettering in background.

LA Metro Celebrates Bike Month With Free Rides, Discounted Bike Share

Skeptical about riding a bike in Los Angeles? Its transit agency wants to change your mind this May.

May 1 - The Source (Metro)

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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