April 22, 2019, 10am PDT
The Seattle Department of Transportation recently released its first-ever public life study.
November 14, 2018, 8am PST
The gender gap in walking and biking is deep and wide in Seattle. Here's a call to action.
September 6, 2018, 9am PDT
A 2009 law that banned sleeping in public spaces has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court.
August 24, 2018, 2pm PDT
Transit advocates thought a public-private partnership to modernize transit shelters and enhance the public realm was a done deal.
August 19, 2018, 11am PDT
The problem of feces in the public realm is rampant in San Francisco, so the city is launching a new "Poop Patrol."
July 17, 2018, 6am PDT
Allison Arieff writes a passionate plea for Americans to ditch the car and reconnect with pedestrian experiences. There's even a car company helping pave the way for a new approach to streets.
July 14, 2018, 9am PDT
With so much attention devoted to how technology will change roadways and vehicles, less speculation has attended to the ways technology will change walking.
April 2, 2018, 5am PDT
How to put the "park" back in the business park.
March 21, 2018, 5am PDT
More uses and modes than ever are fighting for curb space in growing cities. Here's an app to make sense of what you can do, and when, along this valued real estate.
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.
August 21, 2017, 2pm PDT
The Confederate monuments debate invites a broader interdisciplinary conversation about the nature and planning of public commemorative landscapes and, by extension, the identity and soul of a community.
June 6, 2017, 9am PDT
Not everyone is sold on the idea of dogs as "man's best friend," and not everyone is comfortable navigating a public realm where dogs are crowdsourcing their marks. What are planners to do?
February 25, 2017, 7am PST
As more and more children are kept in homes and yards, Joe Cortright worries about the effects of private play on American culture and public spaces.
November 22, 2016, 11am PST
An exploration of how adventure playgrounds enable freedom for children living in a world full of helicopter parents.
October 29, 2016, 1pm PDT
Above-grade parking garages, also called parking podiums, have become a standard typology across Los Angeles. From Koreatown to Downtown, new residential buildings are separated from the street by several floors of space devoted to parking.
July 13, 2016, 8am PDT
Planners across the globe have been exploring opportunities to use augmented reality to enhance the way the public engages with the city. Over the last few days Pokémon Go took off, and now people are wandering across cities to catch Pokémon.
March 4, 2016, 2pm PST
The city of New York has decided that police have better things to do than bust people for drinking in public. Cheers!
December 15, 2015, 1pm PST
The Lawrence Avenue corridor in Chicago is poised to evolve into "New Lawrence," but as development proposals follow a streetscape improvement project, the community is still sorting out what exactly "new" should mean.
January 30, 2015, 12pm PST
The ongoing efforts to reform street vending laws in Los Angeles gained national media attention recently. Can local officials find a way to overcome controversy and complexity to legalize street vending this year?
September 11, 2014, 8am PDT
San Francisco Chronicle Architecture Critic John King reviews, and celebrates, the recent string of small projects that reclaim public space in the city, calling them "modest works of true ambition."