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View of Topanga Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains.

California's Top-Rated Park for Hikers Is Inside the City of LA

According to AllTrails, a popular fitness and travel mobile app, Topanga State Park has many highly-rated trails, most of which are of moderate difficulty and vary in length from three to seven miles.

April 2 - The Travel

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 - Governing

Yellow and white city bus at stop in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas to Make Accessibility Improvements Near Bus Stops

The city approved over $30 million in contracts to fix broken sidewalks and add curb ramps near DART stations.

April 2 - The Dallas Morning News

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 - Chicago Tribune

Row of colorful mobile homes on an asphalt street.

Out-of-State Investors Buying Up More Mobile Home Parks

In a trend that has accelerated since the pandemic, over one in five mobile home parks in Maine are owned by out-of-state investors.

April 2 - Bangor Daily News


View from under Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, MD.

Protecting Bridges From Ship Collisions

A civil engineer outlines the federal regulations and mechanisms aimed at preventing the damage and loss of life seen in the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse.

April 2 - Governing

Rendering of proposed East Link light rail station.

Seattle Area Developers Target Areas Around Light Rail Extension

The East Link line, which will connect Redmond and Bellevue to Seattle in 2025, is spurring transit-oriented development near future stations.

April 1 - The Seattle Times


Large brown wood conference table surrounded by black leather chairs.

State DOTs Don’t Resemble Their Constituencies — And That’s a Problem

Streetsblog calls attention to the lack of representation of women, people of color, and other groups in state departments of transportation that are largely dominated by white men.

April 1 - Streetsblog USA

Joshua tree sillhouetted against starry night sky in the Mojave Desert.

Preserving LA’s Dark Skies

Learn about the importance of dark skies for the health and enjoyment of individuals and wildlife, and how L.A. County's Rural Outdoor Lighting District is helping to reduce light pollution.

April 1 - Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Overhead view of doxens of commuters walking on sidewalk and crossing street in full sun.

Dubai Launches Free Smart Umbrella Rental to Improve Walkability

By helping residents walk comfortably in the rain or blazing sun, Dubai hopes to advance its 2040 master plan goals of sustainability and becoming a “20-minute city.”

April 1 - Dubai Career Daily

Drawing of outdoor dining setup.

NYC Releases Pre-Approved Outdoor Dining Designs

Four designs cater to various street conditions and locations.

April 1 - The Architect's Newspaper

Dirt trail with wood railings through grove of tall California coastal redwood trees.

California Updating Outdoor Recreation Plan

State Parks is working on the 2026-2030 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) which serves as a vision for public outdoor recreation grant priorities in urban and rural neighborhoods, cities, and regions.

April 1 - California Department of Parks and Recreation

Aerial view of downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston Gets a New Planning Department

After 67 years since its formation, the Boston Planning and Development Agency is no more.

April 1 - WBUR

24-hour parking sign above parking garage entrance through which you can see a white SUV driving

FEATURE

Want to Reduce Traffic Congestion? Cash Out Employer-Paid Parking

Employer-paid parking will undermine New York City’s congestion tolls. But parking cash-out policies like those in California and Washington D.C. can solve the problem.

April 1 - Donald Shoup

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 - The Washington Post

Riverside, California

BLOG POST

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 - Michael Lewyn

Close-up of car tailpipe with smoke coming out.

Texas Court Vacates Federal Emissions Rule

The decision vacates a USDOT rule that would have required states to establish emission reduction plans.

March 31 - Smart Cities Dive

View down Pennsylvania Avenue from above with Capitol dome in background.

Washington DC Launches Open Data Chatbot

City data is now available literally at the public’s fingertips, no data analytics skills required.

March 31 - Cities Today

Single-Family Housing Construction

Understanding Affordable Housing Lingo

20 key terms in the affordable housing discussion.

March 29 - Multi-Housing News

Close-up of hand holding charging cable moving toward charging port on electric car.

Undoing Biden's EV Rule

The partisan divide over how government should reduce greenhouse gas emissions was on full display after the Biden administration finalized its emissions standards rule for light and medium duty vehicles on March 20.

March 29 - Office of U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan

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