October 29, 2017, 7am PDT
The city of Bellevue, Washington has adopted new zoning and land use standards as part of an ongoing Downtown Livability Initiative.
September 13, 2017, 5am PDT
Reno is considering a law that critics say is a textbook example of the criminalization of homelessness and everyday life.
August 22, 2017, 6am PDT
A draft of the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan will be made public on September 13, 2017. The plan focuses on revitalizing the city's urban core.
August 10, 2017, 12pm PDT
Mayor Ted Winterer and Mayor Pro Tem Gleam Davis elaborate on the city’s new Downtown Community Plan, which includes what may be the state's highest inclusionary housing requirement.
July 17, 2017, 11am PDT
In downtowns across America, booming development has come at the expense of crucial homeless services that have traditionally located there.
June 1, 2017, 12pm PDT
America's urban streetcar renaissance looks to be on track with eight more projects planning to break ground by 2020. The list includes some of the nation's largest metros as well as plenty of medium-sized cities.
March 30, 2017, 10am PDT
In short, transit wasn't really there. When transportation network services went down, people felt stranded. Transit friendliness can go a long way.
January 6, 2017, 12pm PST
Wedding photographers are fond of taking post-nuptial photos on quaint Main Streets, but rarely on the commercial strip. Here's why.
August 23, 2016, 12pm PDT
Downtown property owners are clashing with food truck operators over where the latter should park their businesses.
July 6, 2016, 9am PDT
It's no secret that urban centers are doing better today than they were 30 years ago. New FHFA data on housing prices confirms the trend and suggests that a changing environment (as opposed to changing preferences) account for it.
July 5, 2016, 2pm PDT
Blogger and transit consultant Jarrett Walker paints a picture of Portland's Line 75, a workaday bus serving urban neighborhoods outside downtown. His reflections on radial and orbital journeys are worth a read.
February 10, 2016, 9am PST
Fairly or unfairly, Des Moines has a solid reputation as one of the nation's least interesting cities. But unbeknownst to the rest of us, this quiet working town might become the Midwest's answer to Austin, Texas.
February 4, 2016, 6am PST
The Terraces, a mixed-use project in Charlottesville, Virginia, adopts a design that reflects its historic downtown surroundings. Oliver Kuttner, the developer, says that "breaking up" large buildings can make them more palatable on street level.
November 11, 2015, 1pm PST
The big, contentious question of contemporary downtowns is under consideration in Dallas: Is there too much parking or not enough parking?
October 29, 2015, 1pm PDT
The Vancouver City Council took a major step forward this week with an idea that it's been mulling for years: to tear down the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts located in the city's downtown.
October 16, 2015, 5am PDT
If jobs, services, and other urban amenities are concentrated downtown, suburbanites can use transit to get there quickly without a car. Job sprawl makes transit useless outside central districts.
October 13, 2015, 10am PDT
Local officials, planners, and other civic leaders have joined together to look at how the city can bring neighborhoods split by freeways back together again.
September 13, 2015, 5am PDT
The Quicken Loans founder and real estate mogul now controls 78 downtown properties. His investment choices can set the tone for life in what used to be an abandoned city center.
July 30, 2015, 8am PDT
Central districts have been surging back since the 1980s. But in most cities, the upper third of earners still favor outlying areas and are underrepresented closer to downtown.
City Observatory City Commentary
June 29, 2015, 6am PDT
While they're currently in vogue, streetcars are only worthwhile if they can be a viable option for local residents. Unfortunately, this is rarely how the systems are designed.