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Infill

September 8, 2012, 9am PDT
Stringent zoning, high costs, and a culture of skepticism directed at developers have hampered efforts to introduce infill redevelopment into some of Minneapolis' most prime locations.
MinnPost
June 28, 2012, 8am PDT
As the global recession continues to hit the global economy, shopping centers take on two distinct development patterns in developed and developing nations.
Retail Traffic
Blog post
June 27, 2012, 3pm PDT
I appreciate natural environments. I have always enjoyed walking in wilderness and cycling on rural roads, and I understand the ecological value provided by undeveloped lands, which include clean water, air and wildlife habitat. I also enjoy local fresh vegetables and fruits and so appreciate the value of preserving regional farmlands. Planners call these "greenspace," or more generally "openspace" since some, such as deserts and waterways, are open but not necessarily green.
Todd Litman
March 2, 2012, 9am PST
Following an ill-fated foreclosure in 2009, a residential project in Libertyville, IL finally finds its way while demonstrating the potential for an emerging field of redevelopment, reports Ann Dillemuth.
APA - Sustaining Places Blog
August 31, 2011, 12pm PDT
Urban infill housing is becoming a major part of business for large homebuilders, even those building modular homes.
Builder
Blog post
July 30, 2011, 10pm PDT

A few months ago, I updated a city rating system (available at http://lewyn.tripod.com/livable09) that evaluated cities' "livability" by rating crime rates, transit-friendliness, and cost of housing.  

Plenty of cities did very well on the first two criteria.  For example, New York is now safer than most big cities, and of course is by far the best city in the U.S. for public transit.  But its housing costs are dreadfully high.  The same was true of Boston and San Francisco (which, if only crime and transit were considered, would rank second and third for livability).  

Michael Lewyn
June 10, 2011, 11am PDT
The early skyscrapers were inspired by the idea of turning steel train bridges on their sides. This episode of <em>99% Invisible</em> explains.
99% Invisible
May 3, 2011, 5am PDT
A new organization in California is advocating for reforms to make infill a more viable option for communities around the state of California. Their three talking points: redevelopment, CEQA reform, and parking requirements.
The Planning Report
April 11, 2011, 9am PDT
Most cities don't get the chance to start from scratch. But Quincy, Mass. plans to raze most of its 50-acre center and build it anew with the aid of a private developer's upfront funding - a plan that may rewrite the rules of urban development.
New York Times
March 31, 2011, 1pm PDT
The skyscraper, developed by Thomas Properties and financed by Korean Air, required a new signage district and a TFAR transfer. The development will provide a link between the Financial District and the emerging Figueroa Entertainment Corridor.
The Planning Report
February 23, 2011, 5am PST
Infill development has been championed largely by architects, planners, and activist groups like the Congress for New Urbanism. Now developers have finally banded together in the Infill Builders Assoc. to insist that infill can be good business.
California Planning & Development Report
January 8, 2011, 5am PST
Critic Inga Saffron says that the interesting architecture and urban design is happening on the small scale: small parks, small houses and small plans.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 9, 2010, 2pm PST
The Redwood City Saltworks development designed by Peter Calthorpe has taken a lot of flack from environmentalists -- and rightfully so, says John Parman, in particular for its susceptibility to potentially rising bay waters from global warming.
The Architect's Newspaper
April 4, 2010, 9am PDT
Here's one you don't find often - a neighborhood may sue the city of Sacramento for approving an infill project they categorize as 'too suburban and car-oriented', while the city council woman extolls the infill qualities, citing SB 375 and AB 32.
The Sacramento Bee - City News
March 30, 2010, 9am PDT
Development is occurring more rapidly in urban centers than in the suburbs, according to a new study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The New York Times
March 9, 2010, 9am PST
That's the conclusion of a new report by The Long Island Index. Equal development can be achieved by building into the island's last greenfields or upwards from infill opportunities like underused parking lots.
Grist
November 10, 2009, 1pm PST
Kaid Benfield reads ULI's latest 'Emerging Trends' report, and finds, amidst the doom and gloom, significant support for infill and smart growth.
NRDC Blog
August 18, 2009, 9am PDT
After an unstoppable run of megaprojects being built with an eye on the Olympics, architects are now designing smaller, human-scale projects in between the cracks.
Asia Times
Blog post
June 25, 2009, 4am PDT

Planning issues are often considered to be conflicts between the interests of different groups, such as neighborhood residents versus developers, or motorist versus transit users. But planning concerns the future, so it often consists of a conflict between the interests of our current and future selves.

Todd Litman
June 18, 2009, 1pm PDT
Portland, Oregon sees the revival of building styles not seen since the last time streetcars rolled through the city.
The Oregonian