Master Plans

A view of Downtown Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River as pictured from a downtown high-rise building.

Cleveland Launches New Master Plan to Connect Downtown to Lake Erie

Dual, cooperating studies are underway in Cleveland to reimagine the connections between the city's downtown and lakefront.

September 27, 2022 -

The skyline of downtown Worcester, Massachusetts reveals urban densities and variety of building types.

Citywide Master Planning Process Launched in Worcester

The Massachusetts college town, with 200,000 residents, is kicking off the Worcester Now / Next long-range plan with a series of public engagement activities.

March 16, 2022 - Mass Live

Governors Island - South Island Rezoning

Rezoning for Governors Island Approved

A mix of new development focused on future needs and new tools for preservation are included in the rezoning package for the south end of Governors Island approved by the New York City Council in May.

June 2, 2021 - Urbanize New York

Boston, Massachusetts

Mega-Project Aims to Transform South Boston

Developers with a ground lease for land owned by the University of Massachusetts Boston want to build a new mixed-use development to rival Kendall Square in nearby Cambridge.

September 25, 2020 - The Boston Globe

New York City

Massive Climate Research Center Planned for Governors Island, Rezoning Now Included

A speculative but exceedingly ambitious plan is pressing for air time in New York City.

September 22, 2020 - The New York Times

Akon City

R&B Artist Akon Plans for $6 Billion City Built From Scratch in Senegal

Akon City would rise from farmland in Senegal, in the tradition of previous master-planned urban areas like Washington, D.C. or Canberra, with ambitions on creating a "very, very African" city with a futuristic take on technology.

September 3, 2020 - The Washington Post

New York City Pedestrians

How to Produce Equitable Pedestrian Plans

The majority of pedestrian master plans consider how to make equitable walking infrastructure. Less than half of plans implement strategies to address the fact that people of color are disproportionately represented in pedestrian fatalities.

August 27, 2020 - Streetsblog USA


The Undeniable Link Between Redlining and Extreme Heat in American Cities

The country’s history of racist and segregationist housing policies is affecting vulnerable low-income communities of color that are bearing the brunt of climate change impacts.

August 26, 2020 - The New York Times

Toronto Waterfront

Waterfront Toronto Greenlights Most of Sidewalk Labs' Quayside Master Plan

An evaluation committee made up of Waterfront Toronto staff has given a green light for the Sidewalk Labs master plan for Toronto to proceed to the next stages of planning.

February 21, 2020 - The Star

Toronto Waterfront

Master Plan for Quayside 'Smart City' Released by Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto

The long-awaited master plan for Quayside in Toronto was released to the public today.

June 24, 2019 - Toronto Star


Revealed: New Plans for San Francisco's Waterfront

The Port of San Francisco is wrapping up a three-year planning process to chart the ongoing transformation of the city's waterfront.

June 20, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Marilyn Monroe Statue

A Cautionary Tale of Mega-Project Planning

"There’s a dramatic difference, Cityfront Center shows, between real estate success and building a great city."

October 18, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Boston's New Master Plan—Not Like the Old Master Plan

A land use attorney and planning instructor at MIT and Harvard University takes to the pages of The Boston Globe to explain planning to the audience of a new era.

March 20, 2017 - The Boston Globe

Planning After the 1666 Great Fire of London

Revisiting a collected effort to reshape one of the world's most famous cities after a catastrophic disaster.

January 26, 2016 - The Guardian Cities

New York City Construction

Can Reduced Parking Requirements Generate Too Much Development Competition?

A new argument has appeared in the ongoing debate about parking requirements. A university in a college town objected to reduced parking requirements on the grounds that it would make the city too attractive to developers.

September 30, 2015 - CityLab

Details of the Mayo Clinic's $6.5 Billion Master Plan for Rochester, Minnesota

One of the world's most renowned medical facilities and foundations is planning to make a substantial investment in its hometown.

July 9, 2015 - The Architect's Newspaper

Salt Lake City Looks West for Downtown Revitalization

The Salt Lake Tribune looked at the development plans made possible by the West Side Master Plan for Salt Lake City.

January 3, 2015 - Salt Lake City Tribune

Review: Smithsonian South Mall Master Plan

Writing for The Dirt, Jared Green takes a critical eye to the proposed master plan for the Smithsonian's South Mall campus, designed by high-profile Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group.

November 24, 2014 - ASLA The Dirt


The Undeniable Urbanism of the 'Plot'

According to researchers and practitioners in the United Kingdom, there's still room for another urbanism. Chuck Wolfe digests the recent Summit on Plot-Based Urbanism from Glasgow.

November 14, 2014 - myurbanist

Moses, Reprised: An Ambitious Plan for Expanding LaGuardia Airport

John Leland provides coverage of a big idea by Jim Venturi, the son of architects Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, for the renovation and expansion of LaGuardia International Airport in New York.

November 11, 2014 - New York Times

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