Livability

July 28, 2012, 5am PDT
Several collaborative Google Maps cover Traditional Neighborhood Developments (TNDs) across the US and Canada as well as form-based codes globally. Are yours listed?
PlaceShakers
July 14, 2012, 5am PDT
Edward Jensen responds to a recent attention grabbing op-ed in <em>The Arizona Republic</em> with his own list of priorities to help enliven the core of the sixth-largest city in the country.
Technology for a Digital Generation
July 4, 2012, 5am PDT
Tehran is known for being congested and polluted, but Elyana Javaheri credits mayor Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf for making the Iranian capital more livable.
This Big City
June 24, 2012, 1pm PDT
Julie V. Iovine laments that while walkability is the watchword of the day, architects have to design what they're hired to design -- and that often means designing iconic buildings that turn a blind eye to pedestrians.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 21, 2012, 9am PDT
Concerned about becoming a "western Detroit," the city of Reno, built around the gambling industry, seeks to shake off that trademark with new investments in other industries and amenities.
The Atlantic Cities
March 6, 2012, 1pm PST
Zipcar has released the results of their first Future Metropolis Index, which the company commissioned to recognize cities that demonstrate smart urban planning and policymaking, reports Ariel Schwartz.
Fast Company Co.Exist
September 2, 2011, 9am PDT
With high scores in five broad categories, Melbourne, Australia received the highest spot in livability rankings from The Economist's research unit.
TheCityFix.com
August 18, 2011, 9am PDT
A new breed of developers in China are increasingly trying to make the country's new cities into pleasant, walkable and even environmentally sustainable.
Grist
August 16, 2011, 12pm PDT
Paul Mason takes a tour of Manila's 10-year-old Estero de San Miguel slum to test the theory that slums have upsides and finds that understanding the question's realities is as important as trying to find the answer.
BBC
Blog post
July 30, 2011, 10pm PDT

A few months ago, I updated a city rating system (available at http://lewyn.tripod.com/livable09) that evaluated cities' "livability" by rating crime rates, transit-friendliness, and cost of housing.  

Plenty of cities did very well on the first two criteria.  For example, New York is now safer than most big cities, and of course is by far the best city in the U.S. for public transit.  But its housing costs are dreadfully high.  The same was true of Boston and San Francisco (which, if only crime and transit were considered, would rank second and third for livability).  

Michael Lewyn
July 4, 2011, 9am PDT
Portland leads the nation is sustainability and in fact, may be responsible for starting this movement, but its economy remains mediocre and it is one of America's least diverse cities. Urbanophile's Aaron M. Renn explains why.
Urbanophile
June 27, 2011, 1pm PDT
It's the opposite of conventional transportation policy in American cities that places motorist convenience in high priority (think 'level of service'). This story shows what European cities are doing to get motorists out of cars.
The New York Times - Environment
Blog post
March 24, 2011, 8am PDT

Our job as planners is ultimately to manage change, which is often fun but occasionally ugly. A good example is a current debate over a supposed “war against the car.”

Todd Litman
March 9, 2011, 7am PST
Columbus, Ohio has been experimenting with zoning overlays, which do not change the underlying land use regulations but add a set of form-based regulations focused on livability.
Columbus Dispatch
March 4, 2011, 10am PST
From high drug use to overpriced housing, Vancouver has its flaws despite its 5-year strong top spot as the world's most livable city.
National Post
March 1, 2011, 1pm PST
Are greenfield developments designed with sustainability in mind or already-built metropolises better for the environment and the people?
THE DIRT
February 22, 2011, 2pm PST
Australian and Canadian cities dominate the Economist Intelligence Unit report.
The Huffington Post
February 10, 2011, 9am PST
Urban designer David Green talks with Anthony Lyons, Director of the city of Gainesville's Community Redevelopment Agency, about his successes in the city and how other cities can become more livable.
Fast Co. Design
February 9, 2011, 11am PST
US Department of Housing and Urban Development sees diverse crop of applicants for $100 million in grants going towards community development projects adhering to livability principles.
Metropolis
December 12, 2010, 11am PST
Los Angeles is ugly. But it doesn't have to be, argues Sam Lubell.
The Architect's Newspaper