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Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy made landfall at 8pm ET on October 29, 2012 about 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, NJ, as seen in this NOAA GOES-13 satellite colorized infrared image from the same time.

Jail the Planners for Not Preventing Sandy!

Ed Blakely indicts the planning profession for failing to protect our communities from the threat of a changing climate. How can we plan places that serve as bulwarks from the worst physical traumas, while providing economic and social resiliency?

November 5, 2012 - Edward J. Blakely

Street scene in Greenwich Village, New York City with people walking through busy intersection and new WTC tower in background.

Planning for Accessibility: Proximity is More Important than Mobility

Accessibility-based planning minimizes the distance that people must travel to reach desired services and activities. Measured this way, increased density can provide more total benefits than increased speeds.

April 14, 2024 - Todd Litman

Google street view of grassy lot next to brick church with elevated freeway on other side in Houston, Texas.

Houston Supportive Housing Development Sparks Debate

Critics say a proposed apartment building would negatively impact the neighborhood’s walkability.

April 12, 2024 - Houston Chronicle

Rendering of promenade in Potomac Yard in Alexandria, Virginia with Virginia Tech logo on building in background.

Alexandria’s Hopes for Stadium Deal Dashed

The city hoped a stadium for DC-area teams would anchor a new, high-density development in a vacant lot.

April 12, 2024 - WTOP

View of upper story of row of townhomes.

Can Technology Help Build Better Housing?

Cities need more “missing middle” housing. A new startup aims to help real estate developers build it.

April 8, 2024 - Hugh McFall

Aerial view of multiple wood-framed buildings under construction.

Arizona Bill Would Put Deadline on Zoning Applications

The proposal would require cities to make zoning decisions within 180 days to shorten the approval process and give builders more certainty.

April 7, 2024 - Fronteras

Small white wooden church in rural setting.

Montgomery County Approves ‘Yes in God’s Backyard’ Zoning

A new zoning amendment facilitates housing construction on properties owned by faith-based institutions.

April 7, 2024 - Montgomery County Government

Aerial view of Burlington, Vermont in fall.

Burlington Approves Middle Housing Zoning Reform

The Vermont city will allow larger residential buildings and adjust other requirements to spur more ‘missing middle housing’ development.

April 4, 2024 - Vermont Public

Suburban outdoor mall in muted colors with decorative tower.

Is the City Moving to the Suburbs?

Is the recent trend to build more walkable suburbs a sign of sustainable change?

April 2, 2024 - Governing

View of Chicago street with vacant lot and brick building, snow on the ground, at night.

Report: One-Third of Vacant Lots in Chicago Near Transit

Vacant lots pose challenges for the city’s goals of promoting transit-oriented development.

April 2, 2024 - Chicago Tribune

Drawing of outdoor dining setup.

NYC Releases Pre-Approved Outdoor Dining Designs

Four designs cater to various street conditions and locations.

April 1, 2024 - The Architect's Newspaper

Close-up of blue sign with white text reading PARKING CLOSED with urban glass buildings in background.

Opinion: Cities Must Take Action on Blighted Downtown Parking Lots

Surface parking lots take up as much as a third of downtown land in some cities, dragging down tax revenue and redevelopment prospects.

March 31, 2024 - The Washington Post

Riverside, California

How Persuasive Are Arguments Against Statewide Zoning Reform?

A leading scholar of state and local government argues that local governments’ need to regulate business should take priority over the state and national interests in lowering housing costs. Are his assumptions persuasive?

March 31, 2024 - Michael Lewyn

Aerial view of high-rise buildings on waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Moves Zoning Reform Forward

The ‘Squares + Streets’ plan creates form-based zoning templates for neighborhoods that promote mixed use and denser housing near transit.

March 29, 2024 - The National Law Review

Aerial view of Anchorage, Alaska downtown with mountains in background at golden hour.

Anchorage Leaders Debate Zoning Reform Plan

Last year, the city produced the fewest new housing units in a decade.

March 28, 2024 - Anchorage Daily News

Aerial view of Milwaukee, Wisconsin skyline with freeway interchanges in foreground at night.

Milwaukee Residents Challenge Freeway Expansion

Residents are voicing opposition to a planned expansion of Interstate 94, arguing that the project would eliminate the limited green space in the neighborhood.

March 28, 2024 - Spectrum News 1

ROwn of grey and white townhomes with gabled roofs and front porches.

Why Parking Reform Goes Hand in Hand With More Housing

To achieve the full benefits of ‘missing middle housing’ and make way for small-lot construction, cities must rethink parking mandates.

March 27, 2024 - Sightline

MARTA public transit train station in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta Announces Four New MARTA Stations

The city’s Beltline will gain a new connection to heavy rail.

March 27, 2024 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Looking down train trains in downtown Toronto, Canada with CN Tower in background.

Toronto to Explore Potential High Line-Style Park

City staff will study options for transforming a defunct rail corridor into a linear park.

March 26, 2024 - CBC

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