Urban Development

September 29, 2009, 10am PDT
As the International Olympic Committee prepares to announced the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics this week, South Americans are hoping it's finally their time. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of four finalists, but some say the city isn't ready.
Time
September 29, 2009, 6am PDT
High hopes for city change are attached to Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Even if the city wins the bid this Friday, the impact is likely to be modest, according to <em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin.
Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2009, 1pm PDT
The World, the artificial islands being constructed off the coast of Dubai in the shape of a global map, has been officially canceled.
The Times
September 27, 2009, 9am PDT
Like many other cities, there are condos a-plenty in Seattle. Developers are trying almost anything to get them sold. But the majority remain empty, leaving developers scratching their heads about what to do.
KUOW
September 25, 2009, 9am PDT
<em>The New York Times</em> takes a look at Greensburg, Kansas, the tornado-ravaged town that rebuilt itself to high environmental standards.
The New York Times
September 24, 2009, 1pm PDT
Crafted with a sort of evangelical "New Ruralism," the 166-acre Agritopia neighborhood east of Phoenix mixes gardens, pastures, orchards, restaurants, lush trails, and more with historically inspired homes designed to bring neighbors together.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
September 24, 2009, 6am PDT
Interconnectedness is just as important to brains as it is to cities, according to researchers who've just released a study about the organizational similarities between cities and brains.
Science Daily
September 22, 2009, 8am PDT
A broad new plan has been unveiled in Oklahoma City. Included in the plan is a new 70-acre downtown park and a raft of transit improvements.
The Oklahoman
September 22, 2009, 7am PDT
Meeting the needs of aging residents has been a challenge for many cities. Some suburban communities are pioneering the conversion to an elder-friendly layout.
The Wall Street Journal
September 22, 2009, 5am PDT
New parks are popping up with a quickness in San Francisco, where planners have fast-tracked the conversion of street spaces into pedestrian parks.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 19, 2009, 5am PDT
Imagining cities of the future can bring about some pretty wild predictions. But when they're visions of existing cities, these futuristic predictions can be almost realistic.
io9
September 17, 2009, 2pm PDT
Among other issues tackled by the noted New Urbanist during a recent speech, Duany said that the current form of public engagement is broken because it engages only the immediate neighbors.
Northwest Hub
September 17, 2009, 6am PDT
This piece from the <em>Guardian</em> looks at a handful of projects and ideas that are emphasizing the importance of sustainable metropolitan areas in an age of diminishing resources and environmental devastation.
Guardian
September 17, 2009, 5am PDT
New Urban News looks at the growing influence of New Urbanists and their ideas in Washington, from the appointment of former CNU director Shelley Poticha to a HUD position to the new Livable Communities Act proposed by Sen. Christopher Dodd.
New Urban News
September 16, 2009, 9am PDT
Orenco Station in Portland, OR shows that traditional neighborhood development (TND) can decrease car use and encourage walking, according to a new study.
New Urban News
September 15, 2009, 7am PDT
The economic downturn has brought much development in Moscow to a halt. But for some preservationists, that's a good thing.
The Christian Science Monitor
Blog post
September 14, 2009, 11am PDT

Not long ago, I posted on what makes some cities more stressful than others. (See http://www.planetizen.com/node/40441 ). In that post, I remarked that the ideal objective indicia of stress (resident surveys on crime, illness, etc.) often do not exist for most cities.

Michael Lewyn
September 14, 2009, 9am PDT
South Africa is gearing up to host the 2010 World Cup next June. As it prepares to be the tournament's first African host, the country faces a number of hurdles.
The Independent
September 13, 2009, 9am PDT
A new line of Portland's MAX light rail system has opened, prefacing the coming decades of rail growth in the region.
The Oregonian
September 11, 2009, 12pm PDT
Organizers of next year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver are hoping to add a green sheen to the international event, but some critics say they aren't doing enough to offset the huge carbon footprint the Olympics will carry.
BBC