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Prioritizing Climate Change in Planning Projects

What should urban planners reconsider when engaging in sustainable development?

January 10 - Devin Partida

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A $400 Billion City in the U.S. Desert

The latest futuristic city concept attracting attention on the internet is known as Telosa.

January 10 - Tomorrow’s Build via YouTube

Solar and Wind Energy

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue Post-Pandemic Rebound in 2022

Renewables generated more electricity than coal in 2022, according to preliminary estimates. Greenhouse gases still rose, however, due mostly to increased emissions from buildings.

January 10 - Rhodium Group

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Zero to Deadly: How More Powerful Cars Endanger Lives

With cars accelerating more quickly, drivers have less time to react and can pose more danger to pedestrians.

January 10 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Houston Office Park Continues Adaptive Reuse Trend

The former ConocoPhillips campus, built as a self-sufficient complex complete with a lagoon and fitness center, will be repurposed into a mixed-use waterfront development.

January 10 - The Architect's Newspaper


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Madison Adopts ‘Complete Green Streets’ Plan

The new document consolidates the city’s Complete Streets projects with its sustainability plan, providing a flexible framework for comprehensive actions that focus on safety, sustainability, and equity.

January 10 - Smart Cities Dive

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Philadelphia to Add 10,000 Residents to Housing Voucher Wait List

After a decade-long delay, the city is taking new voucher applications. But for recipients, a voucher doesn’t guarantee they’ll find housing.

January 10 - WHYY


Irrigiation Channel

New Map Deepens Understanding of Cross-Border Aquifers

A new analysis of U.S. and Mexico groundwater supplies reveals 72 aquifers shared between the two countries.

January 9 - High Country News

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Proposed San Diego Code Update Seeks to Increase Density Near Transit

A set of proposed updates to the city’s development code would expand TOD zones and encourage more backyard dwellings.

January 9 - Del Mar Times

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PLANOPEDIA

What Is a Road Diet?

A road diet ‘trims down’ multilane roadways by reallocating street space to uses other than car traffic, improving safety for pedestrians, encouraging multimodal travel, and enhancing overall livability.

January 9 - Diana Ionescu

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How Zoning Changes Could Boost Housing Supply in Seattle

The Puget Sound region could benefit from zoning tweaks that would encourage more transit-oriented development and ‘gentle’ density increases, new research finds.

January 9 - Urban Institute

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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 - Governing

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Chattanooga Expands ‘Smart Intersection’ Network

The city is building on a smaller test project that uses sensors to gather data about traffic movement to help transportation planners make more informed traffic management decisions.

January 9 - Smart Cities Dive

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Federal Grants to Fund Zoning Reform Efforts

The ‘Yes In My Backyard’ grants are designed to help cities identify the most effective avenues for increasing density and spurring more housing construction in historically reluctant neighborhoods.

January 9 - Route Fifty

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FEATURE

E-Bikes and the Bike Infrastructure of the Future

What will the future hold for cycling and bike infrastructure? With the introduction of e-bikes, the landscape of cycling, and even the definition of a bike, is changing.

January 9 - Eric Carlson

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Housing Voucher Recipients Find Themselves With Fewer Options

Americans relying on federal rental assistance are struggling harder than ever to find affordable housing, braving years-long wait lists and reluctant landlords.

January 8 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Proposed ‘Conservation Districts’ Could Change Preservation in Houston

The proposed model could be a new tool for preserving historic neighborhoods with more flexibility and with a focus on reducing displacement and addressing community concerns.

January 8 - Urban Edge

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Study: Cuyahoga County Suburbs Ready for TOD

The growth of transit-oriented development in the Cleveland region is being hindered by zoning codes that limit housing density and excessive parking requirements that drive up construction costs, new research suggests.

January 8 - Cleveland.com

Virginia

How High Costs Derailed Richmond’s Speed Limit Change

After voting to lower speed limits citywide, Richmond found itself with a $5.2 million bill for new signage, prompting the city council to pull the ordinance.

January 8 - Greater Greater Washington

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The Slow Growth of Solar Carports

Placing solar panels over parking lots has multiple benefits, but higher costs have prevented their widespread adoption in U.S. cities.

January 6 - CNET

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