Infrastructure

December 22, 2016, 1pm PST
The state of New York this week took another step toward removing two miles of the Niagara Scenic Parkway (formerly known as the Robert Moses Parkway).
Governor Andrew M Cuomo
December 22, 2016, 11am PST
Was the I-405 widening project worth it for Los Angeles? Depends on whom you ask.
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2016, 10am PST
A Reuters study of public health data found 3,000 examples in the United States where lead poisoning rates exceed those in Flint, Michigan.
Reuters
December 22, 2016, 8am PST
A $12 million gift from a local billionaire will enable a project to give separate access for bike and pedestrians on the popular Lakefront Trail.
Chicago Sun Times
December 21, 2016, 9am PST
The pieces of the still-speculative Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor—connecting Atlanta to Washington, D.C.—are starting to take shape. The latest leg to come into focus would connect Richmond to D.C.
Greater Greater Washington
December 21, 2016, 8am PST
Houston is famous among urbanists for many reasons: its lack of traditional zoning, its perpetual growth, and its position in the oil industry are just a few examples. Here, Wendell Cox argues that the city is still under appreciated.
New Geography
December 21, 2016, 7am PST
A call for the country to focus its infrastructure investments to the most vulnerable and neglected populations—and watch the benefits compound.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
December 20, 2016, 1pm PST
The Red River Diversion project, also known as the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management project, has full federal approval but was recently denied a critical permit by the state. This op-ed questions the wisdom of the state's action.
MinnPost
December 20, 2016, 12pm PST
One community advocate's step-by-step guide to activating hidden public waterfront space.
Modern Cities
Feature
December 20, 2016, 10am PST
An analysis of three essential attributes of urban grids reveals a preferred layout for the desired effect of a vibrant, active community.
Fanis Grammenos
December 20, 2016, 5am PST
The D.C. Streetcar wraps up 2016 with positive news for its ridership numbers, as well as a positive effect on the nearby transit system.
Greater Greater Washington
Feature
December 19, 2016, 2pm PST
No Electoral College needed: these were the most popular Planetizen posts from the year 2016.
James Brasuell
December 19, 2016, 1pm PST
A new study includes urban rivers as a potential powerful amenity for economic development and revitalization. The city of Chicago has already taken note.
Chicago Magazine
December 19, 2016, 12pm PST
The city of Portland will take the momentous step of estimating person trips, rather than car trips, when estimating the impacts of new developments. The decision is another step toward ending the systems of car-centric planning.
Bike Portland
December 19, 2016, 10am PST
Austin planners are considering a law designed to ensure bus service performance by requiring drivers to allow buses to merge after making a stop, but transit advocates point to a body of research that casts doubt on the efficacy of such laws.
Austin Monitor
December 18, 2016, 1pm PST
Men are often overrepresented in consultations about how city facilities are built. To account for this, planners need to seek out women's comments and look for ways to better serve them, argues Alexander Starritt.
Fast Co.Exist
December 18, 2016, 5am PST
A proposal to build a new "health park" in Downtown's Grant Park is still in the early phases,
DNAInfo
December 17, 2016, 5am PST
Business owners in Downtown Pittsburgh are speaking out in opposition to a proposed, and funded, bike lane project on Fort Pitt Boulevard, raising concerns about parking and access to businesses.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 16, 2016, 11am PST
A tough decision that has been on the table since the summer has now been made official by the WMATA's board of directors.
The Washington Post
December 16, 2016, 9am PST
Not every transit project has a positive effect on adjacent property values. A study finds that people do not, in fact, want to live next to Norfolk, Virginia's Tide light rail.
Next City