Community / Economic Development

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Seattle Brings Free Transit to Public Housing

Linking transit programs to housing can lower administrative costs and streamline the process for riders.

January 31, 2023 - Route Fifty

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Lonely by Design: How Urban Planning Can Intensify Social Isolation

Walkable neighborhoods, access to parks, and opportunities for social interaction can help reduce the burden of loneliness and promote community. But many of our cities aren’t built this way.

January 30, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Foot Traffic Ahead: Report Reveals the Resilience of Walkable Places

Reports of the city’s death have been greatly exaggerated, according to new research from Smart Growth America.

January 30, 2023 - Smart Growth America

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Assessing Transit Equity in Boston

The Transit Equity Dashboard highlights stark disparities in access to jobs, healthcare, and other essential services between Boston neighborhoods.

January 29, 2023 - TransitCenter

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Federal Grants Aid Native Relocation, but Will They Be Enough?

Increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change and extreme weather, many Native Alaskan and other indigenous communities will have to relocate—and soon.

January 26, 2023 - High Country News

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Taking the ADU Model to the Next Level

How can we get more accessory dwelling units built, keep them affordable, and make them a force for increasing racial equity?

January 26, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

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Advancing Parks and Recreation with Census Data

Census data are used in a variety of ways that impact parks and recreation, including helping to determine where new parks are built and how funds for park projects and recreation programs are distributed.

January 24, 2023 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

New York City Coronavirus

The Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Remake Downtown

Urban cores around the country were transforming into live, work, and play destinations before the pandemic. The pandemic was a setback for this transformation, but it could also be a rare opportunity. It’s up to city leadership to seize it.

January 23, 2023 - The Washington Post

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Austin’s Changing Skyline

Multiple proposed skyscrapers are changing the shape of once low-slung downtown Austin, signaling the growth of the city as a technology and manufacturing hub.

January 19, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Cities Need Data to Secure and Maximize Federal Funding

To secure and maintain federal funding for projects and programs, local governments need data to identify priorities, support grant applications, and monitor and track progress.

January 17, 2023 - Cities Today

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Advancing Equity with Census Data

The U.S. Census Bureau offers a variety of data and tools that can be used by policy-makers and the public to better understand underserved communities and advance equity.

January 16, 2023 - U.S. Census Bureau

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Transit-Oriented Development with Soccer

Learn about StationSoccer, an innovative program in Atlanta which connects communities through transit, soccer, and leadership training.

January 16, 2023 - Urban Land

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New Philadelphia Outdoor Dining Laws Exclude Most Restaurants

Restaurant owners argue that new requirements for the city’s permanent outdoor dining program are practically impossible for most of them to meet.

January 13, 2023 - Philadelphia Magazine

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The Power of Urban Waterfronts

Humans' love of water makes waterways a particularly attractive urban amenity. Why did so many American cities let theirs languish?

January 9, 2023 - Governing

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Houston’s Restaurant Resurgence Points to Economic Recovery

The city’s restaurants are bouncing back faster than other industries, providing a key source of jobs.

January 4, 2023 - Urban Edge

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Centering Equity in Short-Term Rental Regulations

How can city officials mitigate the negative impacts of short-term rentals?

December 29, 2022 - Urban Wire

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Legislature Clears Way for Detroit Convention Center Makeover

A redevelopment plan for Huntington Place would add hundreds of new hotel rooms and create riverfront connectivity.

December 26, 2022 - Crain's Detroit Business

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How the Restaurant Scene Became a Symbol of Gentrification

While redevelopment-related displacement is the result of broader market forces and policy decisions, restaurants and cafes have become an emotionally charged flashpoint for the debate over gentrification.

December 20, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Where Have All the Third Spaces Gone?

As businesses shortened their hours during the pandemic, Philadelphia residents found themselves with fewer options for places to spend their evenings.

December 19, 2022 - Philadelphia Inquirer

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Planning Year in Review 2022: Downtowns, Transportation, Climate Change

Part two of a review of the major themes, debates, and events of the year in planning that was 2022.

December 19, 2022 - James Brasuell

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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Planning for Universal Design

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