Land Use

December 19, 2016, 11am PST
A recent ruling by the City Hearing Examiner is a setback—but not necessarily a permanent one—for the city's efforts to loosen regulations on accessory dwelling units.
Seattle Met
December 19, 2016, 7am PST
The city of Snoqualimie's requests to expand in to "rural" King County has been denied.
KUOW
December 18, 2016, 11am PST
The New York Times reports details about the de Blasio Administration's negotiations concerning land use regulations that will impact industrial and hotel business. With a re-election campaign looming in 2017, the story reveals a lot about the politi
The New York Times
December 18, 2016, 9am PST
The city of Philadelphia has deployed high-tech sensors and a new statistical model in its ongoing fight against the blight and health problems that follow vacant and abandoned properties.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 16, 2016, 2pm PST
A man's front yard nativity scene featuring zombies was declared an accessory structure, in violation of the zoning code, because it had a roof
Cincinnati Enquirer
December 16, 2016, 1pm PST
Facing an affordability crisis, Seattle is betting on dense, walkable development. The transition away from guaranteed parking promises to be no easier here than elsewhere.
The Seattle Times
December 16, 2016, 10am PST
The city of Denver lost its streetcar more than half a century ago, and it's been growing east ever since.
The Denver Post
December 16, 2016, 7am PST
This year has seen a significant uptick in wildfires across much of the South, spurred by drought and heat waves. The region's pattern of development increases the potential danger.
FiveThirtyEight
December 15, 2016, 12pm PST
Resilience is commonly understood as the capacity to endure shocks and stresses. But for Lisa Dickson, Arup’s resilience leader for the Americas, this definition is too limiting. Jeff Byles talks with her about five key lessons on resilience.
Doggerel
December 15, 2016, 5am PST
Houston's development has meant the loss of many wetlands, a key factor in protecting the against floods. This, coupled with climate change, will mean more floods, causing more danger and damage to the growing city.
ProPublica
December 14, 2016, 8am PST
A Houston Chronicle journalist travels a surmising distance from downtown to survey the city's co-working spaces.
Houston Chronicle
December 14, 2016, 5am PST
With some 20,000 vacant lots located around the city, Chicago is expanding the Large Lots Program that allows property owners to buy nearby lots for $1.
Chicago Tribune
December 13, 2016, 12pm PST
Though the HUD choice seems an odd, unqualified one, we should be looking beyond HUD however: Here's why Mnuchin at Treasury is even more worrisome.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
December 13, 2016, 10am PST
What Makes a Good Main Street Work? Kaid Benfield uses Corning, New York, to illustrate five key elements.
PlaceShakers
December 13, 2016, 8am PST
Technical assistance is coming to five U.S. cities thanks to the National Public Transportation/Transit-Oriented Development Technical Assistance Initiative.
Smart Growth America
December 13, 2016, 6am PST
The Canadian city is working to take 18 downtown lots and convert them from surface parking to green space.
CBC News
December 12, 2016, 11am PST
John King argues that the city's new guidelines may leave too many loopholes open, potentially defeating their purpose: well-integrated new buildings.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 12, 2016, 9am PST
In the period since 9/11, Lower Manhattan has undergone a residential boom. With daytime professionals and tourists also in the mix, the strain is showing.
The New York Times
December 10, 2016, 11am PST
What does Vancouver’s housing market implosion mean for the Seattle area?
Crosscut
December 9, 2016, 10am PST
Less than half of the $7 billion that Brazil's development bank committed since 2009 has been disbursed. As it withdraws from foreign projects, BNDES is beset by scandal.
Bloomberg