January 2, 2011, 1pm PST
A new study in 8 countries says yes, contrary to government predictions.
December 28, 2010, 1pm PST
Jonathan Lerner gives an extensive analysis of the benefits of turning failed commercial properties, or "redfields", into strategically-picked park land for revitalization purposes. Some conversion would be permanent, some just land banking.
December 20, 2010, 10am PST
Reports to Congress have suggested a terrorist attack on a minor substation could knock out the whole grid. An infrastructure expert says, "That's a bunch of hooey."
December 8, 2010, 2pm PST
According to new research, immigrant homeownership is shifting from large cities like New York and Los Angeles to smaller ones like Las Vegas and Minneapolis.
October 16, 2010, 7am PDT
The gas tax is becoming an increasingly outdated and unsustainable idea. This piece from <em>Miller McCune</em> looks at the prospect of replacing it with a tax based on vehicle miles traveled.
October 15, 2010, 11am PDT
Trails and walking paths are commonly built in suburban areas. But their mere presence doesn't automatically mean they'll be used, according to a new study.
October 7, 2010, 1pm PDT
Increasing vehicle standards means decreasing gasoline usage--and tax revenues. A new report suggests that a wholesale rethinking of how we pay for transportation infrastructure may be in order.
August 17, 2010, 2pm PDT
As the U.S. eases itself into a national system of high speed trains, other nations seem to be decades ahead, especially Spain.
August 5, 2010, 7am PDT
This feature from <em>Miller-McCune</em> looks at the debate over a dam near Stanford University, and whether it should be removed to restore the ecosystem the area once housed, or maintained to protect the ecosystem that it spawned.
July 10, 2010, 7am PDT
Bamboo homes survive earthquakes and typhoons, it grows like a weed, and has twice the compression strength of concrete. Elisabeth Best reports on the wonder material and the image problem bamboo must overcome to be used more widely.
April 29, 2010, 9am PDT
Public health was an early impetus for better urban planning. But over the years, it has faded into the background. This piece from <em>Miler-McCune</em> looks at how health concerns are moving their way back into mainstream planning.
April 29, 2010, 5am PDT
New research shows that recent immigrants are twice as likely to ride bicycles as other Americans. Though the health impact is beneficial, the ridership is less likely to continue in the second generation.
March 3, 2010, 6am PST
The public library is being re-imagined as an interactive space with multimedia learning labs, coffee shops and government services.
January 22, 2010, 11am PST
The expense of properly carrying out recycling and trash programs is weighing on cash-strapped states. Government is pushing back, with new requirements mandating that manufacturers take some of the load.
January 22, 2010, 10am PST
This piece from <em>Miller-McCune</em> looks at the conservation easement and explains how the legal device is being used to protect land and prevent sprawl.
January 21, 2010, 5am PST
Urban convenience stores are being further linked to childhood obesity after the release of a new study from Temple University.
January 20, 2010, 6am PST
While in Copenhagen for climate talks in December, U.S. officials got a taste of Danish-style bicycle planning. Some of them liked what they saw, but translating that infrastructure here in the States is no easy task.
December 29, 2009, 1pm PST
GIS maps are being used to identify where communities need services -- and whether some communities are victims of municipal discrimination.
December 11, 2009, 1pm PST
A new report shows that green roofs not only help by cooling the sun's rays, they also are effective for carbon sequestration.
November 3, 2009, 5am PST
The motherlode of wind energy up, up in the air, say scientists. A handful of new technologies are being developed to harvest it at the source, roughly six miles up.