Urban Development

June 9, 2009, 11am PDT
Though they are still striving for social tolerance, mobile homes have managed to achieve a certain legal acceptance.
Virginia Lawyers Weekly
June 9, 2009, 10am PDT
A roundtable discussion on the projected growth in the Bay Area of California, and the planning tools being unveiled that will help mitigate the projected increase of an additional 2 million inhabitants to the region by 2035.
Blog post
June 9, 2009, 7am PDT

The growth in hybrid car sales is a welcome sign that a major change in the automobile industry is afoot.  The shift to transport infrastructure that is not based on the archaic complexity of an internal combustion engine, with its hundreds of moving parts and compressed fuel explosions, has been long put off by an automobile industry, happy with status quo, partnered with oil cartels with the power to price their product as if it were in endless supply.  But with smack-in-the-face-reality fuel prices last summer, the collapse of the so-called “Big Three” over the winter, and the simultaneous heralding assertion of alternative energy technologies (Daimler AG bought a 10% stake in Tesla Motors last month!), the fallout of western economic near-collapse has changed everything we’ve known to be sacrosanct; Leonard Lopate even waxed nostalgic about the “Death of the Car Song” yesterday on National Public Radio’s local station, WNYC.

Ian Sacs
June 9, 2009, 7am PDT
The Morris County Planning Board indicates that no new residential subdivisions of 20 or more lots were received in 2008, which signals the end of large-tract developments.
Daily Record
June 9, 2009, 6am PDT
Hayward, which is an East Bay suburb of San Francisco, has laid the groundwork for a nearly car-free housing development for environmentally conscious living.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
Fort Lauderdale joins a national program which will provide $3.7 million to change foreclosed homes into affordable housing.
June 8, 2009, 6am PDT
Schadenfreude is a German concept that means "taking pleasure in the suffering of others." Columnist Meghan Daum is experiencing 'debtenfreude'; the pleasure in watching house flippers and McMansion builders fall to the economic downturn.
Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2009, 9am PDT
Concern: Ames Shovel Shops might be demolished.
The Boston Globe
June 6, 2009, 5am PDT
A competition to design the shopping mall of the future produces some surprisingly non-futuristic results, according to juror and commentator Allison Arieff.
The New York Times
June 4, 2009, 11am PDT
A review of <em>Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs</em> by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson, from Residential Architect Online.
Residential Architect Online
Blog post
June 3, 2009, 7pm PDT

Once again, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) delightfully surprises the design community with another major leap forward in making city streets a public realm for all users (I can’t tell you how odd it still feels to write that).  As if the impressive, incessant roll-out of bike lanes, successful implementation of the “Select Bus Service”, and the unprecedented changes to Times Square and its environs weren’t enough to pique the imaginations of New Yorkers used to streets built for cars, NYCDOT has just issued their “2009 Street Design Manual”.  Planners and Engineers, get ready for a thrill!

Ian Sacs
June 2, 2009, 2pm PDT
The False Creek Shoreline in northeast Vancouver has been slated for decades for significant commercial development. Today, planners proposed taking the area in a new direction.
The Vancouver Sun
June 1, 2009, 2pm PDT
A debate over preserving the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City is a question of not just a building, but the historic preservation of an entire model of planning, says Christopher Hawthorne.
The Los Angeles Times
June 1, 2009, 9am PDT
Sam Staley argues that the increase in property values around transit stations isn't attributable to increased ridership, and in fact the locations with the least investment had the highest ridership.
The Business Journal (Fresno)
June 1, 2009, 6am PDT
The group tasked with reenergizing Bermondsey Square in southeast London see their target audience as "urban safarians."
May 31, 2009, 1pm PDT
Serenbe is a new master-planned community outside of Atlanta that is creating a new model for placemaking in the U.S., taking its form from English villages and working within the natural environment.
May 30, 2009, 11am PDT
A 212-acre urban infill project in Yakima, Washington will be one of the first communities to be planned according to developing LEED-ND (Neighborhood Development) principles.
Seattle Daily Journal Of Commerce
May 30, 2009, 7am PDT
Developer Paul McKee has secretly assembled 500 acres of land in north St. Louis, and recently unveiled a plan that includes 4 and a half million sq. ft. of new office and retail and 10,000 new homes.
St. Louis Post Dispatch
May 30, 2009, 5am PDT
Developers are finding it easier to get funding for sustainable building projects due to federal incentives and investor interest in green certification.
Apartment Finance Today
May 29, 2009, 1pm PDT
The median home price in California notched up 1.4% in April from the previous month, prompting some to announce the market has bottomed out and is recovering.
The Wall St. Journal