Smart Growth

Feature
February 10, 2011, 9am PST
Athens, Greece has all the elements of good urbanism - density, diversity, destinations, distance (to transit) and design. So is Athens a poster child for good urbanism? Fanis Grammenos takes an in-depth look.
Fanis Grammenos
February 4, 2011, 1pm PST
Haya El Nasser at USA Today suggests that "smart growth" is showing its age, and will go the way of the dustbin along with "urban renewal." Meanwhile, "intelligent cities" is the new hot jargon word.
USA Today
January 30, 2011, 7am PST
The term "smart growth" may be approaching the end of its shelf life, according to some. Its replacement: "intelligent cities".
USA Today
January 20, 2011, 2pm PST
The Texas Transportation Institute just released its 2010 Urban Mobility Report, which is a standard reference in the road-building industry -- and is seriously flawed, says Joe Cortright.
CEOs For Cities
January 18, 2011, 7am PST
Sprawl is seen as an unfortunate reality in Toronto, and one that some fear it's too late to unwrite.
The Toronto Star
December 16, 2010, 8am PST
A proposal to redevelop an abandoned rail embankment in Jersey City has pitted preservationists and smart growth proponents against each other.
The Architect's Newspaper
December 9, 2010, 2pm PST
The Redwood City Saltworks development designed by Peter Calthorpe has taken a lot of flack from environmentalists -- and rightfully so, says John Parman, in particular for its susceptibility to potentially rising bay waters from global warming.
The Architect's Newspaper
December 7, 2010, 1pm PST
Kaid Benfield of the NRDC thinks it is time to add more specifics to the definition of smart growth. He prescribes a set of six new focus areas, including equity and health, that he argues should be emphasized in the 21st-century smart growth agenda.
Natural Resources Defense Council
November 10, 2010, 1pm PST
A Berkeley, CA growth initiative revealed the stresses that smart growth play on grassroots environmental organizations like the Sierra Club where members determine positions.
The New York Times/Bay Citizen
November 9, 2010, 9am PST
Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX will be getting 30,000 more troops under the Base Realignment and Closure program, which means a major effort to plan for the added people.
New Urban Network
November 7, 2010, 1pm PST
Bill Fulton looks at Wendell Cox's new study linking regulation to high home prices and concludes that it is based on self-fulfilling assumptions.
California Planning & Development Report
November 5, 2010, 7am PDT
Wendell Cox believes so. In this article, he quantifies the effect of land use regulation on the cost of new home construction, which he says leads to
New Geography
October 6, 2010, 2pm PDT
Wendell Cox questions the economic impact of the city's much-celebrated land use and transportation policies, which are intended to strengthen the urban core and discourage sprawl.
New Geography
October 4, 2010, 12pm PDT
A new law in New York State requires state agencies to form smart growth advisory panels to determine whether proposed infrastructure projects meet smart-growth principles.
City Newspaper
October 3, 2010, 9am PDT
We've been measuring traffic congestion all wrong, a new report shows, and that's been making more highways look like the solution to long commutes. They're not.
Streetsblog
September 30, 2010, 10am PDT
Analysis indicates that compact development reduces the time urban residents spent in traffic and requires less spending on highways.
Driven Apart: How Sprawl Is Lengthening Our Commutes and Why Misleading Mobility Measures Are Making Things Worse
September 20, 2010, 6pm PDT
A short documentary exploring the development challenges that the City of Ventura faces.
The OpenSpace: News For Central Coast Planners
September 16, 2010, 9am PDT
Kaid Benfield presents the evidence that compact development can bring about a decrease in noxious emissions.
NRDC Blog
September 13, 2010, 5am PDT
This past Friday, demolition began on a segment of Baltimore's infamous "Highway to Nowhere" to expand parking for the local commuter rail service (MARC). A side benefit: reuniting communities separated since the 1970s.
Office of Govenor Martin O'Malley Press Release
September 1, 2010, 12pm PDT
Governor David Paterson signed The Smart Growth Public Policy Infrastructure Policy Act on Monday, which directs the state to invest in infrastructure in dense communities rather than sprawling ones.
New Urban Network