August 10, 2011, 5am PDT
Utility boxes are cluttering city streets all over the world. But they're not going away, and cities should start to try to find new ways to blend them into the urban fabric, according to this article from the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>.
July 21, 2011, 8am PDT
Two years ago, Georgia Sheridan and Amber Hawkes wrote a series of articles for Planetizen on how cities were "rethinking the streetspace." Revisiting the same cities today, they discovered
June 22, 2011, 2pm PDT
Walkability guru Dan Burden's long-preached message of pedestrian-focused planning is increasingly becoming policy in cities across the country.
June 17, 2011, 1pm PDT
In response to Chicago's recent naming of a street in honor of Oprah Winfrey, late night TV host Conan O'Brien has suggested having his own street in L.A., along with various streetscape improvements.
June 13, 2011, 10am PDT
Chuck Wolfe focuses on the role of the urban corner, terming it "the central place of urban life".
May 25, 2011, 6am PDT
As aging populations grow, more cities and design organizations are looking at how to make streets safer for older residents.
March 23, 2011, 9am PDT
This interactive map from <em>The New York Times</em> overlays historic maps with modern-day maps of the city, and shows how the city and its street grid has developed.
February 10, 2011, 10am PST
One woman in Lansing, Michigan has started a walking mission to explore and document every stretch of street in her city -- a total of more than 400 miles.
January 19, 2011, 7am PST
This piece from <em>Next American City</em> looks at plans to dramatically rework streetscapes in Boston, and cheers the effort.
November 23, 2010, 2pm PST
Charles Marohn is a traffic engineer. Despite years of training and millenia of precedents, Marohn now feels that the common practice of traffic engineering is creating bad and even unsafe streets.
September 21, 2010, 5am PDT
The city of Indianapolis is using its hosting duties for the 2012 Super Bowl to rework one of its main streets into a new public space.
The Architect's Newspaper
August 21, 2010, 7am PDT
The Wall Street Journal reports on an extensive street redesign plan in New York City to be completed by 2030. The plan is aimed at an especially dangerous area.
June 3, 2010, 6am PDT
<em>Greater Greater Washington</em>'s Daniel Nairn wanted a planning-related poster for his wall. So he created one (admittedly nerdy) poster comparing the various grids of American cities.
Greater Greater Washington
May 16, 2010, 7am PDT
A variety of road and streetscape improvement projects in San Francisco are reviving the city's streets. But now, the city has to ask itself whether it wants to keep paying for these improvements.
San Francisco Bay Guardian
March 30, 2010, 5am PDT
Portland's "Green Streets" program is becoming a new tourist attraction in the city, which officials from other cities are visiting to learn from the Pacific Northwest's model water treatment infrastructure.
March 17, 2010, 9am PDT
In Seattle, the street names were settled a century ago. Naming alleys and other unnamed civic features is a way to reclaim urban spaces and enhance heritage. Kurt Cobain Way, anyone?
March 16, 2010, 8am PDT
"Woonerf" is a Dutch word for streets that mix cars and people, but with pedestrians as the dominant mode. Toronto planners are using the concept in their plans for the West Don Lands neighborhood.
February 1, 2010, 6am PST
Despite the economic downturn, a new skyscraper is rising in Oklahoma City. A suite of street improvements are also one their way.
January 28, 2010, 9am PST
Residents in one of Johannesburg's most infamous townships are hoping that a new street beautification project will bring pedestrians out onto their streets and into their shops when the country hosts this year's World Cup.
Scripps Howard News Service
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.