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Density

October 31, 2019, 9am PDT
An article in The Urbanist suggests the ire over new developments is misplaced.
The Urbanist
October 25, 2019, 10am PDT
Mountlake Terrace is the latest Seattle suburb to make substantial space for new development in anticipation of a forthcoming Link light rail line extending north of Seattle.
The Urbanist
October 25, 2019, 8am PDT
Move over Minneapolis. An Indiana college town joins the avant-garde of planning innovation by nearing the finish line with a new Unified Development Ordinance that would allow duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes in single-family neighborhoods.
Hoosier Times
October 23, 2019, 8am PDT
Even when fewer people live in sprawling suburban communities than dense urban communities, one of these settlement types has the benefit of being much cheaper to serve.
LSE US Centre
Blog post
October 8, 2019, 5am PDT
Many jurisdictions have vehicle travel reduction targets. Integrated Smart Growth policies can help achieve these and other planning goals.
Todd Litman
October 7, 2019, 11am PDT
Low-density suburbs are on their way out, and the suburbs of the future will better address the present-day needs of the people living in them.
Common Edge
Feature
September 30, 2019, 6am PDT
Thirty years after a seminal study attempted to connect increased density with decreased automobile use, several new studies are raising doubts about that central assumption of contemporary planning.
Fanis Grammenos
September 16, 2019, 10am PDT
A renewed commitment to pedestrian friendly infrastructure is changing the face of Vancouver and making space for more density.
The Globe and Mail
September 12, 2019, 1pm PDT
Off-campus housing for college students has grown extensively over the last decade. What are communities doing to control the spread of student housing and its potentially negative effect on neighborhoods and affordable housing?
Shelterforce Magazine
September 10, 2019, 8am PDT
There's a new front in the city of L.A.'s ongoing conflict between anti-development forces and efforts to add density at and around transit.
Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2019, 1pm PDT
Portland wants to add density but doesn't want to displace current residents of low- and middle-income neighborhoods.
The Oregonian
September 6, 2019, 7am PDT
The City Council of Durham, North Carolina has approved changes to the city's master plan, first approved in 2005, to allow new forms of density in residential neighborhoods proximate to the city's downtown urban core.
News & Observer
September 5, 2019, 10am PDT
The idea of cities as components of larger megaregions has lost some of its popularity, Alon Levy looks at regions around the world to try to understand how useful the concept is in understanding cities and regions.
Pedestrian Observations
August 30, 2019, 10am PDT
San Jose has issued a steadily-rising number of ADU permits in recent years. Now, Mayor Sam Liccardo has implemented measures to ease the process for homeowners who want to build granny flats.
The Mercury News
August 22, 2019, 5am PDT
Denmark's capital is a model city in terms of biking, but the reasons that bikes rule go beyond political leadership and robust infrastructure.
City Observatory
August 13, 2019, 8am PDT
Reform of the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is underway at the local level after a new state bill offered "safe harbor" under the law for a menu of land use and development reforms.
The Urbanist
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 4, 2019, 1pm PDT
When first announced in 2014, the Morena Corridor Specific Plan provoked protests. The plan has changed, but it now finally has initial approval from the San Diego City Council.
Voice of San Diego
July 30, 2019, 10am PDT
Until now, mixed-use projects have required a lengthy discretionary approval process in San Diego. That could change with a zoning change given preliminary approval by the City Council this week.
Times of San Diego
July 24, 2019, 12pm PDT
House Bill 2001 didn't ban single-family houses altogether, just single-family zoning, so change will take time, and money. There are a lot of unknowns for residents to grapple with when it comes to statewide upzoning.
The Oregonian