Urban Development

Feature
December 31, 2009, 10am PST

Over the course of the year, the editors of Planetizen review and post summaries of hundreds of articles, reports, books, studies, and editorials related to planning and urban development.

Nate Berg
December 30, 2009, 2pm PST
<em>Triple Canopy</em> translates a Chinese interview with Shu Yu, one of the world's foremost underground urban planners. He talks about the potential of underground space for urban habitation.
Triple Canopy
December 30, 2009, 11am PST
Marin County, long known for its environmental awareness, is concerned about anything that is "growth inducing", and that certainly includes the new SMART passenger rail system, approved by the voters in November, that will serve Sonoma and Marin.
Marin Independent Journal
December 29, 2009, 7am PST
The three counties in the Portland Metropolitan area are at odds about what parts of the region should and should not be protected by urban growth boundaries.
The Oregonian
December 29, 2009, 6am PST
Closed car dealerships across the country are finding new life as yoga studios, classrooms, and day care centers.
Gazette Times
December 28, 2009, 2pm PST
New air quality guidelines aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of new housing developments may turn out to hinder the approval of dense projects in California.
The New York Times
December 28, 2009, 12pm PST
The City of San Francisco recently inked a deal to purchase the man-made Treasure Island sitting in its bay. But some wonder if an island threatened by rising sea levels was really such a smart buy.
San Francisco Chronicle
Feature
December 28, 2009, 10am PST
It will take a long time for the US to embrace pedestrians, bicycling, and electric carts as substitutes for cars in our communities. And yet an inevitable change is coming that will significantly increase environmental quality, and restore real community and economic viability. Changing legislation, master planning, and the development of car-reduced and car-free communities will move us forward, writes Greg Ramsey.
Greg Ramsey
December 28, 2009, 7am PST
Peer Smets (VU University Amsterdam) investigates the socio-cultural impacts of specific patterns of urban segregation (gated communities) on local urban politics and urban governance.
The Urban Reinventors Online Urban Journal
December 28, 2009, 5am PST
Mention 'density' in suburban areas and the knee-jerk reaction is, "there go the property values". But is that really the case? In this study from San Jose State University, 4 suburban TODs are evaluated for their effects on nearby property values.
Mineta Transportation Institute
December 27, 2009, 7am PST
A private group is proposing a wild scheme to build a much-needed new airport for San Diego as a floating offshore platform.
The Infrastructurist
Blog post
December 23, 2009, 5pm PST
A friend of mine who's a biophysicist popped in to see me the other day.  He was all excited and showed me his “patent pending” letter for his newest invention.
Steven Polzin
December 23, 2009, 2pm PST
Robert Campbell argues that Boston's planned expansion of the convention center should be mixed-use and urban in nature.
The Boston Globe
December 23, 2009, 8am PST
Arterial intersections around Martin County, Florida may soon see 7-11s and gas stations as county officials prepare a new growth plan.
The Palm Beach Post
December 22, 2009, 8am PST
Plans to quickly rebuild the historic Lansdowne Park in Ottawa instead of spending time on a design competition have spurred hot controversy in the city. Architecture critic Christopher Hume says the fast approach is bad for the project and the city.
The Toronto Star
December 21, 2009, 2pm PST
Prof. Robert Cervero at UC Berkeley studied parking needs at transit-oriented developments in the Bay Area and Portland and found that, on average, they exceeded peak demand by 25-30%.
Reconnecting America
December 21, 2009, 12pm PST
Los Angeles Downtown News picks the 10 Biggest Problem Projects of the Decade, including the still empty Hall of Justice and the languishing Angel's Flight.
Los Angeles Downtown News
December 21, 2009, 8am PST
In a close vote last week, the Sandy Springs, Georgia City Council approved a rezoning for a Church of Scientology but rejected the building expansion they were hoping for. The Church plans to sue under RLUIPA.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 21, 2009, 5am PST
Jeff Speck and Andrés Duany talk about why they wrote their new book The Smart Growth Manual, and why 'planners aren’t going to like it.'
Metropolis Magazine
December 20, 2009, 5am PST
There's a monorail on the Las Vegas Strip. Well, kinda. It's actually behind the casinos and hotels that line the famous strip. This piece from <em>Metropolis</em> explains how it got there and why it's not so good.
Metropolis