Blue and red colonial-style multifamily homes in Vermont.
Vermont Issues Missing Middle Housing Toolkit

May 24 - Congress For New Urbanism

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Is a Taco a Sandwich? It Depends on Your City’s Zoning Laws

A land use dispute in Indiana points to broader questions about zoning and property rights.

May 23 - Forbes

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Is Microtransit a Threat to ‘Real Transit’?

A new report warns that microtransit is nothing more than a taxpayer funded Uber with potentially dangerous consequences for existing traditional transit services.

May 22 - Streetsblog USA

Aerial view of Oceanwide Plaza skyscrapers covered with graffiti tags.

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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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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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

Rendering of aerial view of greenbelt separating farmland and residential area for California Forever development.

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

One-story strip mall with red awnings.

‘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

Blurred traffic speeding by on freeway with Los Angeles skyline in background.

California Testing Per-Mile Gas Tax Alternatives

A summer pilot program will test the fairness and efficacy of collection mechanisms for mileage-based fee options.

May 17 - Newsweek

California State Capital

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

Multicolored four-story brick New York City apartment buildings with fire escapes

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

A city council meeting.

Is 'Hacking' a Planning Commission a Good Idea?

Does giving short shrift to grassroots tradition cut against the dynamics of community-based decision-making?

May 20 - Resurgence: A Journey via Substack

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

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

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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

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

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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