March 18, 2011, 2pm PDT
It's official, says the EPA: Living in a TOD reduces greenhouse gas emissions more than living in a green, single family home and driving a Prius. The study places major emphasis on local land use decisions in an effort to fight climate change.
March 17, 2011, 8am PDT
A proposed D.C. development would place hundreds of apartments above a store, but other projects emphasize parking, not pedestrian-friendly streets. Chicago and New York also face Walmart campaigns.
March 14, 2011, 5am PDT
The LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) guidelines have existed for some time now, but are getting a new focus with an exhibit in Chicago and the launch of the first comprehensive city plan to include LEED-ND guidelines.
February 23, 2011, 8am PST
Michael Mehaffy writes that there is growing research that paints a decidedly mixed picture on the benefits of tall buildings.
February 9, 2011, 12pm PST
After the backlash of suburban development in the 80s and 90s, “supermarket-led development” in town centers remain a contentious issue in Britain.
January 27, 2011, 11am PST
Haitian government hires planners who propose a better urban environment than existed prior to the devastating earthquake.
January 24, 2011, 11am PST
With many scratching to make a living in a badly damaged economy, coworking is springing up to meet the needs of independent workers.
January 21, 2011, 1pm PST
Reconnecting America issues a guide to state, regional, and local programs that provide money for development connected to transit.
January 17, 2011, 11am PST
The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary, by Dhiru A. Thadani is a doorstopper of a book. Philip Langdon looks at this giant guide to New Urbanist ideas.
January 13, 2011, 8am PST
With a fleeing population, Youngstown, Ohio was ahead of the current trend on "shrinking cities." So what can planners learn from Youngstown's example?
January 4, 2011, 11am PST
With few exceptions, America's largest homebuilders are slower than companies in other fields to act on environmental concerns, according to a survey conducted by Calvert Asset Management Company.
December 16, 2010, 10am PST
That's the conclusion of a new study published in the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate. Higher WalkScores also show a decrease in defaults, unless you're in a low-income area, which results in an increase in defaults.
December 6, 2010, 1pm PST
Designers and "movement specialists" in Great Britain are pioneering various street designs that aim to bring traffic speeds down to teens, which they claim is the speed range that allows vehicles to safely share a space with pedestrians.
December 6, 2010, 6am PST
Last week saw the first murder ever in the Disney-developed (and much scrutinized) town of Celebration, Florida. Will this mean the 14-year old town of 11,000 has finally shaken off its idealized persona?
December 2, 2010, 6am PST
Phil Langdon reviews Peter Calthorpe's latest, called 'Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change'. Langdon says it is "a densely packed, yet concise overview of the troubling situation we all find ourselves in."
November 30, 2010, 12pm PST
A new study shows that three qualities - social offerings, openness, and beauty - strengthen residents' level of community attachment more than other urban variables, and that passion for place may be a leading indicator of local economic growth.
November 28, 2010, 1pm PST
As landscape urbanists hover in the exalted world of the designer-hero-genius, Emily Talen asks — where are the people?
November 16, 2010, 5am PST
Robert Steuteville comments on a recent article by Alan Pisarski that he says "regurgitates many of the heavy-handed arguments of the pro-sprawl, pro-highway crowd" in reaction to the Obama Administration's livability agenda.
November 10, 2010, 11am PST
A tour shows off the results of a plan that "completely changed the direction of urban planning for much of the last century."
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.