October 22, 2011, 5am PDT
While some may grudgingly eat the extra fee to park downtown on weekdays, others may look toward more reliance on the El--the desired response. But is a flat congestion fee on top of already existing parking rates the best way to go?
July 28, 2011, 12pm PDT
A downtown plan created a vision for development in San Francisco, but couldn't guide the social and cultural changes the city would see over the past 25 years.
July 25, 2011, 6am PDT
Amid the dissolution of Borders bookstores in urban centers, Chuck Wolfe urges policymakers and the private market to assure "no let loss" in the spirit of natural resource protection to assure third places remain available in American cities.
Sustainable Cities Collective
May 26, 2011, 12pm PDT
Having lured its first major retailer on Main Street, revitalization efforts in Columbia, South Carolina's urban corridor seem to be finally paying off.
May 6, 2011, 11am PDT
A proposal to build a casino in downtown Minneapolis has locals and lawmakers wondering if it's a good deal for the city. The governor wants more than the suggested 25% take of revenues, but others say even that is not worthwhile.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune
April 7, 2011, 12pm PDT
The former City Manager of Mountain View explains how a city once known as a second-class dormitory community turned its downtown area into a lively, successful, and loved place.
April 5, 2011, 5am PDT
In this Q&A, architect Brenda Levin talks about the role of preservation in Los Angeles, and how restoring and reusing some of the city's historic buildings has created a long-term benefit.
The Architect's Newspaper
January 26, 2011, 6am PST
With a downtown largely devoid of trees, Minneapolis is considering a new plan that would add more green life and greenspace to the city's center.
January 21, 2011, 11am PST
Joel Kotkin argues that most U.S. cities that were struggling in the '60s and '70s have forged a comeback and should no longer need the sort of redevelopment and federal attention they've been given.
December 22, 2010, 9am PST
Seattle is considering a new policy that will allow companies to place large signs atop buildings downtown. It's part of an effort to lure companies downtown, but many locals are outraged.
July 15, 2010, 9am PDT
Christopher Hawthorne says that new Civic Park in downtown Los Angeles, which breaks ground this morning, "shows the strain" of trying to reconcile differing visions, but it also has "a coherent aesthetic identity."
June 10, 2010, 8am PDT
In an effort to regain its stature as a center of culture, Cairo is looking at plans to re-integrate the pedestrian into its now car-dominated downtown.
May 21, 2010, 1pm PDT
In Seattle, parking spaces are reserved for people who carpool into downtown. But in recent years, an increasing amount of those parking spaces are empty.
February 18, 2010, 11am PST
Des Moines, Iowa, is undergoing a rapid and thorough urban revival -- at least when compared to other cities. By Des Moines standards, the city's pace is par for the course.
January 9, 2010, 5am PST
New parking lots and obstructed views of historic buildings would be forbidden under a new set of zoning rules being discussed for downtown Baltimore.
December 24, 2009, 11am PST
Instead of encouraging shopping, as the city had hoped, free downtown parking has been occupied by downtown workers.
December 6, 2009, 7am PST
The new Citygarden park in downtown St. Louis is seen by some locals as a sign of hope for the future of the city.
July 20, 2009, 6am PDT
This post from <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em> looks at the park that just opened in St. Louis, and finds it effective at emphasizing the public art and public space that exist in the city -- even beyond the park's edges.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 10, 2009, 9am PDT
A walking tour of tamford downtown development projects started at the Government Center.
April 10, 2009, 6am PDT
Colorado Springs planners have put two ambitious plans on the table: The first, a brand new Master Plan for its downtown, and the second, a form-based code.