Queen Elizabeth

England Begins Second Lockdown to Protect the National Health Service

The day after Election Day in America, the U.K. Parliament voted overwhelmingly to impose a 4-week lockdown in England to ensure that nation's prized healthcare system doesn't collapse due to treating mounting coronavirus infections.

November 8, 2020 - The Independent


Economic Stimulus in England: Speed Up Planning Approvals

To help jumpstart the economy in England, the country is taking the bureaucracy out of the planning process.

June 23, 2020 - Financial Times

Brockworth in Gloucestershire

Op-Ed Pins Britain's Housing Crisis on its Green Belts

The green belts that hem in developed areas in Great Britain are set arbitrarily, according to this op-ed in The Guardian, and the boundaries have outlived their usefulness.

September 23, 2017 - The Guardian

London, Bloomsbury, UK

UK Election May Turn on Housing

While Brexit is the main focus of upcoming British elections, the skyrocketing cost of housing is also gaining attention.

May 1, 2017 - The Economist

Tesco Supermarket, London

Tesco Plans to Sell Air Rights For Housing Development Above Its Stores

To help its bottom line, struggling UK retailer Tesco is planning to open up its parking lots and the space above its stores for new housing development.

November 23, 2016 - The Telegraph U.K.

Why Can't My Zoning Create a Diversity of Places?

Struggling with zoning that thwarts the construction of new hamlets, villages, towns, and cities? Susan Henderson has a bit of place type inspiration from across the pond.

October 18, 2016 - PlaceShakers

British Pub

Save the Local: Neighbors in England Rally to Protect Their Pubs

With pubs across the country closing at an alarming rate, communities across England are using a recently adopted law to save their local pubs.

September 14, 2016 - The Spectator

Historic London

Friday Eye Candy: Historic London Visualized

Historic London collects panoramic views of modern London streets with historic photos transposed over them. Most of the views date from the first two decades of the 20th century.

April 29, 2016 - Historic London

Dusk High Rises

Designing the Shadow-less Skyscraper

Architects at NBBJ in London have designed a building—two buildings rather—that work together to cancel out the shadows they cast.

March 28, 2015 - Wired

English Town Prepares for Invasion of the Pod Cars

A fleet of 100 self-driving pod cars are set to appear on the streets of the English town of Milton Keynes by 2015.

November 7, 2013 - The Daily Mail

How the U.S. Became a Unique "Nation of Homezoners”

Exceptionalism is a word often associated with the U.S., most often with foreign policy. Sonia Hirt of VPI argues that since its inception American zoning has also taken a unique form compared to European counterparts.

October 23, 2013 - JPER

British Transport Secretary Admits Current Train Commute "Drives Me Bloody Crackers"

With increasing fares, delays and an "awful" service on Sundays, the British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin isn't the only commuter unhappy with the service and admits that the expediency of HS2 was exaggerated.

September 9, 2013 - The Telegraph

Can Former APA Head Help Revive English Planning?

Mitchell Silver's passionate defense of planning has earned admirers in England, where "a deflated planning profession is on the defensive". Peter Hetherington looks at Silver's advice for how English planners can show their value to skeptics.

July 8, 2013 - The Guardian

UK cities, mayoral powers, and "tall poppy syndrome"

This morning over at Atlantic Cities, Richard Florida aptly refuted an opinion piece by Kevin Meagher that appeared in the Guardian last week advocating for doing away with the position of Mayor in London. Florida lays out several strong arguments in favor of a strong elected mayor who can act as an advocate for his or her city.

August 22, 2012 - Jess Zimbabwe

Is the London Mayoralty Too Successful for England?

Kevin Meagher argues why the office of Mayor of London, "an astounding success" since its creation just 12 years ago, is bad for the rest of England, and should be abolished.

August 18, 2012 - The Guardian

English Cities on the Rebound

Census results released last week offered some astonishing findings - each of England's big cities is growing, after shedding people only a decade ago. The Economist looks at the phenomenon and the factors that have contributed to the resurgence.

July 23, 2012 - The Economist

If You Build It Will They Come, On Bikes?

Eric Jaffe reports on a new study that aims to conclusively answer the question of whether bike paths and bike lanes actually promote more bike riders.

February 27, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Planning Rule Change Worries Locals in England

Changes to the planning system in England have locals and environmental groups up in arms.

September 1, 2011 - Guardian

New Transit Systems of 2010

Garrett Bradford of TheCityFix reviews some of the most innovative and sustainable transit systems from around the globe that made their debut over the last twelve months.

December 29, 2010 - TheCityFix

Reviving High Streets With Housing

With nearly 20,000 retail outlets shutting down so far this year in England, the future of towns' high streets looks shaky. But some say reviving these main streets is as simple as converting empty shops into housing units.

August 20, 2009 - Building

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