Controversies

6 days ago
Closing today: one of the most popular hiking trails in the Hollywood Hills, another case of the antipathy between public access and private property.
KPCC
April 17, 2017, 2pm PDT
On the one hand, the city of Portland is facing pressure to add new housing and development to meet the needs of a growing population and an expensive real estate market. On the other hand, change is never easy.
Portland Tribune
April 6, 2017, 11am PDT
Controversy erupted last week in Washington, D.C., after D.C. Metro decided to paint Union Station's vaulted ceilings—a famous icon of the District, it's regional transit system, and the architectural style of Brutalism.
WAMU
April 5, 2017, 2pm PDT
Architects and planners have to work together, as everyone on both sides of the equation knows. Even though the fields often speak the same language, there still seem to be many moments and ideas lost in translation.
San Francisco Chronicle
March 30, 2017, 9am PDT
A contentious debate broke out this week, after a pundit proposed breaking up the consolidation of economic and political power of the country's liberal cities.
The New York Times
March 28, 2017, 5am PDT
The Pier 55 proposal made a big splash in New York when it was proposed in 2014, but now it appears headed for the trash bin of history.
The Architect's Newspaper
March 22, 2017, 9am PDT
Sesame Street, which would lose federal support if some of the cuts proposed by the Trump Administration's draft budget go into effect, has been lampooning Donald Trump since long before he became president.
The Boston Globe
March 20, 2017, 2pm PDT
What happens when SXSW stops being polite, and starts getting real?
Next City
March 12, 2017, 1pm PDT
An extension of the Lynx Blue Line is schedule to open to the public on March 31, 2018. Controversy regarding sales taxes have traditionally followed transit projects in the region.
Charlotte Magazine
March 8, 2017, 12pm PST
Measure S and an oddly timed election brought planning and development to the center of the public consciousness in Los Angeles for a few months. The voters resoundingly supported one side of the issue.
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2017, 6am PST
A development on Chicago's Northside faces protests and picketers who don't want new density, height, or low income residents.
Chicago Reader
February 22, 2017, 8am PST
Joe Cortright argues for a new approach to the discussion about the country's dependence on automobiles: talk about responsibility, not morals.
City Observatory
Blog post
February 14, 2017, 2pm PST

The dust from the November election is far from settled, but Los Angeles is already headed back to the ballot box in March. The big ticket item for planning in the city: Measure S, also known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative.

James Brasuell
February 12, 2017, 11am PST
An in-depth look into the political controversies stirred up in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain as a result of a proposed, density-adding zoning plan.
The Boston Globe
February 10, 2017, 1pm PST
Uber kicks off its 'Year of the Driver' by suing the city of Seattle for allowing its drivers to unionize.
The Verge
February 4, 2017, 11am PST
Developers will fund the Compton's Cafeteria Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual District to quell opposition to a proposed mixed-use development in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.
The Architect's Newspaper
January 5, 2017, 6am PST
In Sacramento, a protracted fight involving the California Environmental Quality Act downsized a proposed development. It also added fuel to the pro-Trump, anti-development fire that swept the nation on November 8.
California Planning & Development Report
January 3, 2017, 11am PST
Bike infrastructure is a source of political controversy, even in cities where biking is already popular.
The Globe and Mail
January 2, 2017, 9am PST
Harvard Square in Cambridge is facing another round of developments, and residents are worries the changes could come at the expense of the character of the famous location.
The Boston Globe
December 30, 2016, 10am PST
In November, the city of Poway, California rejected a veterans' housing project. The story is informative for the way communities rally to obstruct the addition of low-income housing.
Voice of San Diego