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August 19, 2019, 8am PDT
New York City, which earlier this decade ago experienced wild controversy surrounding the addition of bike lanes and bikeshare to city streets, is once again faced with a battle of drivers versus bike lanes.
The New York Times
August 18, 2019, 1pm PDT
A complaint about an illegal Airbnb, a very visual response, and a headache for city officials in the city of Manhattan Beach, California.
Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2019, 7am PDT
A retired city planner takes a position against "lot splitting," or allowing more than one unit on properties zones for single-family residential as it's known in Toronto.
The Star
August 6, 2019, 9am PDT
A scathing critique of city planning, and the special interests that hold the system in thrall, in New York City.
Gotham Gazette
August 3, 2019, 7am PDT
The sage over The Gulch development project—soon to be renamed Centennial Yards—will continue after project opponents filed an appeal of a June court decision upholding public financing for the project.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 30, 2019, 9am PDT
Developers can be our friends, according to this article, as they have been before.
The New York Times
July 23, 2019, 12pm PDT
Spirited protests weren't enough to stop the Montgomery County Council from allowing accessory dwelling units (ADU) in parts of the county.
Bethesda Magazine
July 15, 2019, 6am PDT
An 18-month planning process is unfolding in a part of New York City that has not taken kindly to large, corporate visions of the future.
City Limits
July 14, 2019, 1pm PDT
A lawsuit has been successful in derailing the Plano Tomorrow plan, approved in 2015. The city will default to its 1986 plan.
The Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2019, 11am PDT
Projects to add housing resources to help give homeless people a roof over the head have run into all sorts of public opposition—often times fueled by ignorance of how different kinds of homeless housing options work.
Voice of San Diego
July 9, 2019, 8am PDT
A $5 billion redevelopment project in Atlanta, named Centennial Yards, will receive substantial public support.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 9, 2019, 6am PDT
The Montgomery County Council is preparing to vote on an amendment that would loosen restrictions on the controversial building type known as accessory dwelling units (ADUs).
WAMU
July 7, 2019, 7am PDT
Bike advocates have been countering misleading anti-bike lane arguments for months now, but in case you needed a reminder, here's a sample of how opponents to bake lane projects get the realities of riding a bike wrong.
The Guardian
July 4, 2019, 11am PDT
President Donald Trump has low opinions on the state of a few very specific cities.
The Washington Post
July 3, 2019, 7am PDT
Despite over a year of proposals, counter proposals, and heated debate, the city of Philadelphia has yet to broker a breakthrough on proposed reforms to the city's ten-year property tax abatement program.
PlanPhilly
July 3, 2019, 6am PDT
The U.S. Department of Commerce was not successful in achieving a highly consequential change to the 2020 Census form, after the Supreme Court ruled it needed a better reason to make the change.
BuzzFeed News
June 29, 2019, 9am PDT
The city of Oakland had a particularly tough budget approval process this year. The future of capital investments in the city's transportation system was at stake.
The East Bay Times
June 27, 2019, 10am PDT
Those hoping for resolution of a major controversy impacting the 2020 Census, and all of the governance and policy decisions that depend on it, will have to wait.
The New York Times
June 25, 2019, 1pm PDT
Drivers are a powerful enough lobby to overcome all evidence of the need to redesign streets for safety. Examples from Maryland and Virginia provide the latest case studies in Vision Zero futility.
Greater Greater Washington
June 24, 2019, 9am PDT
Voters might have approved transit funding multiple measures by wide margins in Los Angeles County in recent years, but actual project proposals still have trouble appealing at the hyper-local level.
Los Angeles Daily News