Urban Development

January 18, 2019, 5am PST
As cities define our world in new ways every day, Penn Institute for Urban Research asked nearly dozen urban experts, “Why cities?”
Penn IUR Urban Link
December 22, 2018, 1pm PST
Penn IUR's Eugenie Birch, Richard Voith and Susan Wachter ask: Can rapidly urbanizing cities in low and moderate income countries become "smarter"?
Penn IUR Urban Link
December 3, 2018, 8am PST
Sprawl leads to more emissions, but the economic costs are also high. Policies and strategies that ensure compact growth are essential.
World Resources Institute
October 25, 2018, 10am PDT
A chapter by Jeremy Nowak, who passed away this summer, adapted from the book "Shared Prosperity in America’s Communities."
Penn IUR Urban Link
July 3, 2018, 11am PDT
A new report shows that low-carbon development policies can help to achieve numerous planning goals including job creation, improved safety and public health, social inclusion, and improved accessibility.
The Economic and Social Benefits of Low-Carbon Cities: A Systematic Review of the Evidence
February 22, 2018, 9am PST
"Penn: Current Research on Sustainable Urban Development" is a collection of 11 research papers on key urban topics, authored by faculty, associated researchers and fellows from three centers at the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn IUR Urban Link
November 7, 2017, 10am PST
Already a common means of delivering infrastructure in many countries, public-private partnerships are growing in importance in the United States, but how do they compare to other procurement models?
Doggerel
August 24, 2017, 11am PDT
Many cities require the owners of multistory buildings to regularly inspect their façades, looking for problems that may lead to injury or property damage. Drones can potentially help ease the process and cost of doing so.
Doggerel
January 17, 2017, 8am PST
As seas rise, San Francisco is looking to shore up its costal protection against earthquakes and extreme weather events.
San Francisco Chronicle
Blog post
January 6, 2017, 10am PST
A new study uses night sky satellite images to measure urban development patterns in India. The results can help guide smarter growth.
Todd Litman
November 23, 2016, 11am PST
A new owner and the proximity of the renovated National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Headquarters may signal a change in fortunes for North St. Louis
Governing
November 22, 2016, 6am PST
A major study by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, "Revitalizing Places: Improving Housing and Neighborhoods from Block to Metropolis," identifies planning strategies to improve housing and urban development practices.
Rethinking Social Housing in Mexico Project
November 4, 2016, 8am PDT
Sixty years of highway construction has significantly changed Miami's development patterns.
Modern Cities
August 24, 2016, 12pm PDT
An affordable housing proposal proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown failed to marshal the necessary support in the State Legislature, facing opposition from a coalition of labor and environmental groups, as well as the League of California Cities.
San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
July 14, 2016, 12pm PDT
How one firm is integrating sharing economy principles to bolster Chicago's public schools.
Doggerel
Blog post
May 10, 2016, 1pm PDT
Smart Growth can provide many direct benefits to residents, businesses and local governments. Our challenge is to better answer the question that many stakeholders ask, "What’s in it for me?"
Todd Litman
March 28, 2016, 1pm PDT
Academic institutions can play a major role in enriching the communities they operate in. Amy Deines, interim dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit, discusses the city and school's trajectory.
Doggerel
Blog post
March 23, 2016, 6am PDT
There are many ways that communities can support and encourage affordable housing development. Let's compare them.
Todd Litman
Blog post
December 8, 2015, 5am PST
Smart Growth critic Wendell Cox recently endorsed White House Economic Advisor Jason Furman's criticisms of zoning codes that limit infill development, essentially endorsing Smart Growth policy reforms.
Todd Litman
September 24, 2015, 11am PDT
After spending more than a decade in government and real estate development, Brian Swett recently joined Arup in the role of Director of Cities and Sustainable Real Estate in the Americas. We asked for his thoughts on urban expansion and development.
Doggerel