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December 26, 2019, 9am PST
The scope of the Atlanta Beltline's effect on the city has astounded most observers, including the person who came up with the idea first.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 19, 2019, 11am PST
Street food vendors are an integral part of the Bangkok urban landscape, but city planners want to see them gone.
The New York Times
December 16, 2019, 9am PST
A closely watched court case related to how cities deal with homeless people sleeping in public, Martin v. Boise, will not get hearing with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Los Angeles Times
December 9, 2019, 5am PST
The Supreme Court will be considering for the first time whether the Constitution gives homeless people a right to sleep on the sidewalk.
Idaho Statesman
November 7, 2019, 11am PST
The city of Las Vegas has approved a law that prohibits the homeless from camping in large swaths of the city. The measure provoked the opposition on most of the public in attendance at a City Council hearing this week.
Las Vegas Sun
November 5, 2019, 5am PST
Newly proposed legislation in the New York State Senate would bar cities from setting limits on the number of food vendors operating in the public realm.
New York Post
October 16, 2019, 5am PDT
Autonomous micromobility could solve some of dockless bike and scooter share companies' largest remaining challenges, like the local availability of scooters and conformity to local and federal regulations.
Smart Cities Dive
October 14, 2019, 6am PDT
Like the curb cut effect achieved by the Americans With Disabilities Act, which benefitted a much larger cross-section of the population than the legislation originally intended, gender mainstreaming could multiply benefits in the public realm.
MinnPost
October 9, 2019, 2pm PDT
Private automobiles could be prohibited on San Francisco's primary downtown thoroughfare, and already-wide sidewalks could be extended and smoothed over. The Better Market Street project is ready for its close up.
The San Francisco Chronicle
September 24, 2019, 5am PDT
New universal design guidelines go a step beyond complete streets.
Curbed
September 23, 2019, 12pm PDT
A new study from Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation surveys the obstacles and challenges making it more difficult to build car-free public spaces, like plazas and parklets, in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 17, 2019, 1pm PDT
Eve Kessler shares news of a new film from Streetfilms that documents the efforts of a neighborhood in Amsterdam to activate a street liberated from parking.
StreetsBlog NYC
September 12, 2019, 11am PDT
The city of Galveston has more to do to live up to its own standards in accessing and protecting the gulf coast.
Associated Press via the Houston Chronicle
September 11, 2019, 9am PDT
There won't be many places left to sleep for the massive population of homeless living in the city of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2019, 2pm PDT
A list of all the ways cities and infrastructure are designed for men, and at the expense of women.
Streetsblog USA
August 17, 2019, 5am PDT
A new development promises to transform a gritty part of the Back Bay, according to this article from the Boston Globe.
The Boston Globe
August 12, 2019, 7am PDT
Augmented reality could boost safety for pedestrians, or it could add another layer of distraction between people and the real world.
Smart Cities Dive
July 29, 2019, 10am PDT
How far is BART willing to go to stop people from jumping fare gates? Social media users have called new fare gates "skull crushers" and "inverted guillotines."
KQED
July 25, 2019, 6am PDT
A lawsuit has forced New York City to invest significant funds and people power to making the public realm more accessible to people with disabilities.
Politico
June 29, 2019, 11am PDT
Dubbed "Detroit Square," the newly revealed designs for ten blocks around 12 cultural and educational institutions will redesign the public realm for the human scale.
The Detroit News