Walking the Dog

The Best Cities to Take Your Dog for a Walk

For the good doggos.

January 13, 2022 - LawnStarter

Pit bull puppy sitting on grass looking up at the camera

How Pit Bull Bans Exacerbate Housing Issues

While many places have eliminated their breed-specific bans, some counties hold on to outdated stereotypes that create additional challenges in an already tight housing market.

October 21, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Dog Days of Summer

Ranking the Best Cities for Dog Parks

A lawn service company has created a ranking of the U.S. cities with the best dog parks.

July 11, 2021 - LawnStarter

Dog Days of Summer

Friday Happy Hour: Minneapolis Has its First Dog Bar

Unleashed Hounds and Hops is calling itself the state of Minnesota's first dog bar.

January 31, 2020 - StarTribune

Dog Parks Are Everywhere, but Where Did They Start?

Dog Parks Are Everywhere, but Where Did They Start?

Giving dogs the opportunity to play and socialize without restraint has its roots in the free speech movement in Berkeley, California.

January 26, 2020 - Smithsonian Magazine

Shibuya, Tokyo

Dog Parks and Gentrification

When is a dog park more than just a park for dogs?

February 28, 2019 - CityLab

Public Toilet

San Francisco Taking a Proactive Approach to Poop

The problem of feces in the public realm is rampant in San Francisco, so the city is launching a new "Poop Patrol."

August 19, 2018 - San Francisco Chronicle

Wilderness Trails

No Dogs Allowed at One Colorado State Park

A state park in the Colorado Springs area tried allowing dogs on trails over the summer, but too many people complained about the impact of the canines on the wilderness experience.

September 22, 2017 - The Denver Post

Chicago Dog Park

Are Dog Parks Taking Space from People in Cities?

The number of dog parks in the United States has almost doubled since 2007. Some worry these spaces are not welcoming or could signal gentrification.

August 31, 2017 - The Washington Post

City Dogs

How Planning Can Help Dogs and Humans Co-Exist

Not everyone is sold on the idea of dogs as "man's best friend," and not everyone is comfortable navigating a public realm where dogs are crowdsourcing their marks. What are planners to do?

June 6, 2017 - Planning Exchange


Is Eugene, Oregon's Downtown Dog Ban, a Stealth Ban on Homeless?

The Eugene City Council enacted a 'trial dog ban' in downtown to protect public safety after complaints of aggressive dogs.

March 13, 2017 - The Register-Guard

Following Fido: Considering Other Measures of Gentrification

The most effective measure of gentrification will not be a magic bullet, but rather a constellation of variables aimed at addressing its processual and multi-dimensional character.

March 17, 2016 - Thriving Cities Blog

Other Species Value Transit, Too

In Seattle, a four-legged denizen uses the city's public transit system on her own to get to and from her favorite place.

January 14, 2015 -

Op-Ed Criticizes Dog Owners' Use of Public Spaces in Chicago

A scathing op-ed by Joanne Cleaver provides a laundry list of public spaces and parks in Chicago spoiled, in her opinion, by heavy use from the canine companions of residents.

December 30, 2014 - Chicago Tribune

Revitalization's Best Friend

Marissa Gluck attributes downtown L.A.'s resurgence to some unlikely community development partners - our four-legged friends.

June 6, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Will Dogs Return To Downtown Santa Cruz?

Banished for 35 years, the merchants themselves have asked the city council to loosen this legislative leash. Dog-walking visitors are surprised when police inform them of the current law, and merchants seek the business that they provide.

June 20, 2011 - Santa Cruz Sentinel

Friday Bummer: Dog City to Face Mass Executions

A small city outside of Bogota, Colombia, has been overrun by stray dogs. With more than 30,000 strays on the streets, the city's mayor is calling for them to be killed.

February 19, 2010 - Los Angeles Times

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