Urban Infill

Granny Flat

Pre-Approved ADUs Now Available in Sacramento

The city of Sacramento is making it easier to develop accessory dwelling units.

January 25, 2023 - CBS Sacramento

A series of diagrams shows a variety of housing types pre-approved for construction in South Bend, Indiana.

South Bend’s Infill Plans Include Pre-Approved Multi-Family Designs

South Bend commits to infill development by pre-approving a suite of residential development options.

August 31, 2022 - WNDU

A conceptual rendering of a three story condominium development.

‘Emergency’ Historic District Alters, But Does Not Prevent, Boise Condo Project

No historic buildings were harmed to create the Residences at 132 Main.

June 23, 2022 - Boise Dev

Manhattan Retail

Too Much Commercial Zoning for Affordable Housing in SoHo's Controversial Rezoning Plan?

Mayor Bill de Blasio is crossing the finish line of his time in office at the same time as one of the most controversial rezoning processes of his administration.

July 22, 2021 - New York Post

Los Angeles Arts District Redevelopment

Proposed Megaproject the Latest to Redefine Los Angeles' Core

A proposed $2 billion megaproject would expand the footprint of the ongoing reinvention of Downtown Los Angeles and its surrounding neighborhoods.

April 30, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Urban Infill

Density Skepticism and Neighborhood Protection

Resistance mounts to the zoning reforms gaining traction in the United States.

April 16, 2021 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Montreal, Quebec

Smart Growth C'est Bon!

Compact infill development can create affordable, inclusive and attractive cities, like Montreal, "plus belle ville au monde."

December 31, 2020 - Todd Litman


Study Touts the Housing Affordability Benefits of Density for the State of Utah

The density debate can't be avoided in fast-growing Utah, according to the researchers and political leaders who support the findings of a new report from the University of Utah's Kem C. Garner Policy Institute.

December 21, 2020 - The Salt Lake Tribune


Zoning Changes Would Allow Transit-Oriented Multi-Family Development in Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Maryland wants to put its zoning where its transit is—it's just the latest in a string of transit-oriented land use reforms for the famously suburban county.

December 9, 2020 - Bethesda Magazine

Puget Sound

Cascadia Expects Millions of New Residents. Should it Build New Cities or New Density?

A recent report calls for the region stretching from Oregon to British Columbia to think big about accommodating expected population growth. The report's recommendation to build four new, large cities isn't universally accepted, however.

November 30, 2020 - KUOW

Moody Bible Institute

Massive Residential Development Revealed in Chicago's Near North Side

New details have emerged on a project the Chicago Tribune is calling this one of Chicago's most ambitious development proposals in decades.

November 1, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

New Zealand parliament

Well Done, Kiwis! New Zealand Delivers Big Planning Policy Reforms

New Zealand’s new national urban development policy prohibits parking minimums and increases allowable building heights near transit stations. This is a watershed moment for the country’s cities and towns.

July 28, 2020 - Todd Litman

Century City

Plant-Wrapped Towers Coming to Beverly Hills

A wealthy enclave in the middle of the Los Angeles basin could soon have a new look on its skyline.

July 9, 2020 - The Architect's Newspaper

Downtown San Jose

Proposed High-Rise in San Jose Claims Coronavirus Friendliness

The public relations and marketing messaging of the new normal.

June 30, 2020 - The Mercury News

Transit Oriented Development

A New Transit-Oriented Downtown for New Carrollton, Maryland

The New Carrollton transit station will add Purple Line light rail to its multi-modal mix; planners at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) hope to leverage the new transit for new land use and development around the station.

February 17, 2020 - The Washington Post

Portland, Oregon

A New Mixed-Use Superblock for Portland

A former industrial site on the edge of Portland, Oregon's urban core is planned with major urbanism ambitions.

February 13, 2020 - UrbanLand

San Francisco, California

2,600 New Homes Approved in San Francisco

A massive new development at the former site of a polluting power plant is moving forward in the City by the Bay.

February 3, 2020 - Curbed San Francisco

New High-Rises in Boston Pick Up Where Development Left Off 40 Years Ago

A new development promises to transform a gritty part of the Back Bay, according to this article from the Boston Globe.

August 17, 2019 - The Boston Globe


New York Times Editorial Takes Pro-Development Stance

The Editorial Board of the New York Times offers perhaps the highest profile support to date for overthrowing the status quo of slow growth and development opposition.

June 17, 2019 - The New York Times

Philadelphia Rowhouses

Designing Homes for the In-between Spaces

"Leftover lots" are the object of one Philadelphia-based architecture firm's fascination.

June 8, 2019 - PlanPhilly

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