Urban Development

December 17, 2009, 7am PST
Architect Daniel Libeskind, designer of part of the new Las Vegas megaproject CityCenter, says now is the right time to be building big and bold projects.
Der Spiegel
December 17, 2009, 5am PST
Barry Johnson of The Oregonian looks back at Portland's urban renewal program, what was lost in the demolition of neighborhoods and what was gained.
The Oregonian
Feature
December 17, 2009, 5am PST
The U.S. needs a new model for denser living, says John Stillich of the Sustainable Urban Development Association. 'Newburg' is SUDA's proposed solution to the problem.
John Stillich
December 15, 2009, 1pm PST
The Chinese government has announced their intention to increase the stock of affordable housing and tax homes sold within five years or less of purchase.
Bloomberg.com
December 15, 2009, 6am PST
<em>Los Angeles Times</em> architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne offers a take on Las Vegas' new CityCenter mega project, highlighting the project's faux-urbanism and what in the end is disappointingly conservative architecture.
Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2009, 12pm PST
In Willmar, Minnesota, city officials were not pleased when a mandated environmental review concluded that the 68-year old airport building they wanted to demolish was historically significant.
West Central Tribune
Feature
December 14, 2009, 9am PST

Despite geologic barriers and in the face of scientific advice, huge infrastructure projects of the 20th century brought water to the arid Southwest and fueled the growth of a megaregion.

Nate Berg
December 14, 2009, 5am PST
School officials in the UK are increasingly looking at old office buildings and other existing facilities that can be converted into school houses more affordably than building from scratch.
Guardian
December 13, 2009, 9am PST
In 2006, Austin, Texas established rules limiting the size of homes in the central city for reasons of historic character. Residents of South Austin may soon face similar restrictions.
Austin American-Statesman
Blog post
December 12, 2009, 6pm PST

Conventional wisdom dictates that middle-class families would find urban schools more tempting if we only “fixed the schools”- a concept that implies that urban public schools are simply unable to educate anyone, because they are either horribly underfunded (in the liberal version of this claim) or horribly mismanaged (in the conservative version).

Michael Lewyn
December 12, 2009, 1pm PST
Photographer Brian Ulrich has been taking pictures of dead mall and big-box retail across the country. The Morning News presents a photo gallery of his work.
The Morning News
December 12, 2009, 5am PST
After halting construction on a science center in Allston months ago, Harvard has announced that the project will be postponed for the foreseeable future.
BostonHerald.com
Blog post
December 11, 2009, 5pm PST

The display of yellow ribbons in remembrance of friends and family serving far away goes back hundreds of years. Dr. Gavin Finley has an interesting website on the history. The American Folklore Center at The Library of Congress has more intriguing history and also cites the 1949 John Wayne and Joanne Dru film, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.

Dwight Merriam
Blog post
December 10, 2009, 9am PST

A recent event organized by Good Magazine, Sheridan/Hawkes Collaborative and The Public Studio brought together about 30 civic-minded designers, planners and architects to come up with some ways to improve the urban environment of Los Angeles. It was a big question to tackle in one afternoon, with a huge array of possible solutions. The crowd was split up into five separate groups and surprisingly, each came up with a similar answer: taco trucks. OK, not taco trucks specifically, but the essence of taco trucks and what they bring to the city.

Nate Berg
December 10, 2009, 6am PST
In Pass Christian, Mississippi, it seemed WalMart was on board for a village-style, mixed-use development that would include one of their stores. That is, until Walmart brass heard about the project.
New Urban News website
December 9, 2009, 8am PST
A Philly street once dubbed the "Skid Row" of Fishtown has been transformed by a handful of determined residents through years of painting, sweeping and fixing broken windows.
Philadelphia Daily News
December 9, 2009, 5am PST
This essay from Places looks at the history of development in Las Vegas and how the city has rapidly changed the Mojave Desert.
Places
December 8, 2009, 1pm PST
A developer who hopes to put a new shopping center on a stretch of Market Street will face challenges from local groups who take issue with the accompanying parking structure and modern design.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 8, 2009, 12pm PST
A Utah professor says it's time for planners to think more like public health professionals. The Utah Dept. of Health concurs, saying, most cities in Utah discourage daily physical activity.
The Salt Lake Tribune
December 7, 2009, 2pm PST
Planning commissioners in Cleveland are pushing forward a plan to revitalize the city's waterfront and port.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer