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Why BRT Can Benefit Cities More Than Rail

Bus rapid transit lines offer a less expensive, quicker-build alternative to rail that can bring other infrastructure improvements with it.

June 21 - Governing

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Low-Traffic Neighborhoods Are Reclaiming London’s Streets From Cars

A controversial but effective policy is keeping residential streets quiet, getting more people walking and reducing pollution.

June 20 - Peter Yeung

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Clackamas County Votes to Allow ADUs, Residential RVs

County officials hope the zoning changes will help boost the housing supply in the region.

June 18 - Mountain Times

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New Florida Law Curbs HOA Power

The legislation seeks to cut down on ‘absurd’ citations for low-level violations.

June 16 - The Guardian

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Planners’ Complicity in Excessive Traffic Deaths

Professor Wes Marshall’s provocatively-titled new book, "Killed by a Traffic Engineer," has stimulated fierce debates. Are his criticisms justified? Let’s examine the degree that traffic engineers contribute to avoidable traffic deaths.

June 13 - Todd Litman

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NYC Suburb Plans for New Linear Park

An update to the city’s zoning code makes way for a project that would reclaim a former highway and create new green space and recreation opportunities.

June 18 - City of New Rochelle

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Study: Housing Crisis is About Affordability, not Supply

New research shows that there is no overall shortage of housing units, but all U.S. metropolitan areas face a severe lack of affordable units for low-income renters.

June 18 - University of Kansas

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Amtrak Will Likely Break Ridership Record This Year

Despite closures and delays on major lines, passenger rail travel is set to break pre-pandemic records.

June 19 - Reuters

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Megabus Owner Files for Bankruptcy

Intercity bus lines in the United States face yet more challenges as a major operator files for bankruptcy, but the company says service continues uninterrupted for now.

June 16 - Smart Cities Dive

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St. Paul-to-Chicago Borealis Rail Line Launches

The Amtrak service, 12 years in the making, doubles the number of available trips on the corridor.

June 13 - Route Fifty

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The Nation’s Most Pro-YIMBY Cities

The District of Columbia and Chicago have some of the most housing-friendly policies in the nation, according to a new report.

June 16 - yahoo! Finance

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California is Updating its Climate Adaptation Strategy

The 2024 draft plan outlines the state's key climate resilience priorities, includes specific and measurable actions, and serves as a framework for collective efforts across sectors and regions in California.

June 20 - California Natural Resources Agency

Aerial view of cars evacuating flooded residential neighborhood in Florida.

Combating Climate Gentrification in Vulnerable Communities

As extreme weather forces more Americans to relocate to safer areas, this climate-driven displacement impacts not just those who flee high-risk areas, but also the communities they can displace from their new homes.

June 2 - Lindsay Brugger

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Battery Park Resilience Project Breaks Ground

By 2027, the shoreline will be elevated by 5 feet to prevent flooding from future storm surges.

May 10 - CBS News

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A Cutting-Edge Planning Hackathon in Seattle

In GeekWire, Chuck Wolfe covers an atypical urban planning and policy gathering called an “Urban Resilience Hackathon,” which was held at the University of Washington in Seattle late last month. For a day, the event showcased collaborative problem solving and innovative thinking in addressing urban challenges.

May 6 - GeekWire

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Making California State Parks More Climate-Resilient

A recently released report offers recommendations for keeping state parks healthy and robust, including acquiring additional land for conservation and recreation.

April 22 - Spectrum News 1

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Close-up of top of California state capitol dome with U.S. and California flags flying and blue sky in background.

California is Updating its Climate Adaptation Strategy

The 2024 draft plan outlines the state's key climate resilience priorities, includes specific and measurable actions, and serves as a framework for collective efforts across sectors and regions in California.

June 20 - California Natural Resources Agency

Aerial view of cars evacuating flooded residential neighborhood in Florida.

Combating Climate Gentrification in Vulnerable Communities

As extreme weather forces more Americans to relocate to safer areas, this climate-driven displacement impacts not just those who flee high-risk areas, but also the communities they can displace from their new homes.

June 2 - Lindsay Brugger

Rendering of pedestrian promenade in Battery Park City with Statue of Liberty visible in background.

Battery Park Resilience Project Breaks Ground

By 2027, the shoreline will be elevated by 5 feet to prevent flooding from future storm surges.

May 10 - CBS News

Seattle

A Cutting-Edge Planning Hackathon in Seattle

In GeekWire, Chuck Wolfe covers an atypical urban planning and policy gathering called an “Urban Resilience Hackathon,” which was held at the University of Washington in Seattle late last month. For a day, the event showcased collaborative problem solving and innovative thinking in addressing urban challenges.

May 6 - GeekWire

Green hills with orange California poppies in bloom in foreground in Chino Hills State Park, California.

Making California State Parks More Climate-Resilient

A recently released report offers recommendations for keeping state parks healthy and robust, including acquiring additional land for conservation and recreation.

April 22 - Spectrum News 1

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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