Urban Development

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New Book Highlights How GIS Improves Outcomes

Esri Press recently published a digital book called Mapping the Nation which demonstrates how a geographic approach guides important decisions and addresses challenges around the globe.

February 20, 2024 - ESRI

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The Benefits of Trees

In addition to all the economically valuable services they provide, trees are beautiful as pure aesthetic objects and a welcome presence in any landscape.

February 19, 2024 - Corey Squire

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Securing Smart Cities: Financial Cybersecurity in an Urban Age

Explore financial cybersecurity in smart cities, addressing urban vulnerabilities and strategies for protection.

February 15, 2024 - Devin Partida

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Arizona’s ‘Car-Free’ Community Takes Shape

Culdesac Tempe has been welcoming residents since last year.

February 14, 2024 - The Cool Down

TOD Opportunities Around America's First True High-Speed Rail Line

Brightline West hopes to break ground, in anticipation of a 2027 opening. Cities in the Inland Empire and High Desert areas of Southern California are looking to take advantage.

February 14, 2024 - California Planning & Development Report

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Did the Pandemic Spur Radical Urban Change?

The Covid era highlighted social inequities and prompted new paradigms for urbanism and mobility. Will they stick around?

February 14, 2024 - LinkedIn

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The Changing Shape of American Suburbs

Housing costs and availability are pushing more American households, including young families, to suburbs and exurbs — and they’re demanding changes.

February 13, 2024 - Business Insider

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5 Urban Planning Ideas for How to Settle Mars

Colonization of the Red Planet is a hot topic of late. If someone were to try to take it from fantasy to reality, Earth's urban planners have a few tips that could help set future Martian cities up for success.

February 12, 2024 - Justin B. Hollander

North Shore Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh To Develop Comprehensive Plan

The city voted to spend $6 million on a plan to address future development.

February 8, 2024 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Opinion: Austin Zoning Reform Won’t Have Major Impact

Despite heated controversy, some experts believe the zoning changes made last year won’t make a significant dent in the local housing crisis.

February 4, 2024 - Forbes

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Walkability Report Ranks NYC #1; Others May Surprise You

More surprising entries on the list include Houston and Los Angeles.

February 1, 2024 - Spectrum News 1

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The Importance of LA's Exposition Park

Centrally located in Los Angeles, Exposition Park is a 160-acre urban park that is home to key recreational, cultural, educational, and athletic institutions and facilities. Learn more about the park from its general manager Andrea Ambriz.

January 29, 2024 - California Natural Resources Agency

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How to Participate in Post-Pandemic Urban Resilience

In a summary of a recent talk, Chuck Wolfe provides five tools to help reimagine post-pandemic urban spaces with a focus on livability and co-creation.

January 29, 2024 - Medium

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City Profile: Los Angeles

A diverse city with diverse challenges, Los Angeles is characterized by unique neighborhood nodes and as a center of global trade and entertainment.

January 26, 2024 - Planetizen

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City Profile: Houston

Infamous for its lack of zoning codes, this east Texas port city grew thanks to the energy industry and an abundance of developable land.

January 26, 2024 - Planetizen

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Amazonian Ruins Reveal Ancient ‘Garden Urbanism’

An archaeological site shows evidence of a unique layout of dense residential buildings interspersed with a network of roads and farmland.

January 16, 2024 - Scientific American

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A Framework for Effective Transit-Oriented Development

Six principles for building vibrant, accessible communities with a focus on sustainable transportation.

January 16, 2024 - Momentum Magazine

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Depopulation Projected in Thousands of US Cities

Many small and mid-sized cities could see a decline before 2100.

January 15, 2024 - Scientific American

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Applying a Sustainable Transportation Hierarchy

To be equitable and efficient, transportation planning must apply a sustainable transportation hierarchy that prioritizes affordable, healthy, and resource-efficient mobility options.

January 8, 2024 - Todd Litman

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Planning Year in Review 2023: Zoning Reform, a Rail Revolution, and Climate Realities

Last year’s most talked-about planning issues and news.

January 8, 2024 - Diana Ionescu

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The Walkable City

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.