Planetizen Week in Review: September 30, 2016

Welcome, President Obama, to the NIMBY wars.

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September 30, 2016, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Washington D.C. - The White House

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The headline for this edition of the Planetizen Week in Review could read in double bold type: President Obama's a YIMBY. But it's unclear if it even matters.

This week also saw big transit planning announcements in New York and Tennessee, and a terrible transit tragedy in New Jersey.

Finally, a board shakeup hit the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, as Ryan Gravel (i.e., the person who came up with the whole idea in the first place) resigned his position. 

The Obama Administration Releases a Pro-Development Playbook
Terrifying Train Crash at Hoboken Terminal on Thursday Leaves One Dead
Middle Tennessee Adopts $6 Billion Regional Transit Plan
New York Has Plan to Make Room for Penn Station Renovations
Leadership Shakeup at the Atlanta BeltLine

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