Urban Development

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."
Building
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.
AIArchitect
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
May 27, 2009, 11am PDT
Shelby County and Memphis are on the verge of adopting a new smart growth zoning code to slow urban sprawl and breathe reinvigorate urban centers. The county's Main Street Mall will remain car-free. "Pedestrian-friendly" is the new planning theme.
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis
Blog post
May 27, 2009, 10am PDT

A friend introduced me yesterday to rambunctious bicycling advocate Fred Oswald via a recent article out of Cleveland’s press. Much debate swirls around his not-so-uncommon opinions. Mr. Oswald’s argument can be boiled down to two points: supporting a critical need for much more bicycling education on sharing public roadways with other vehicles, and fighting an industry-borne fallacy that breaking up streets with allocated spaces, such as bike lanes, is good for the biking community. The former is, of course, not contestable. We all agree that safety and training are absolutely critical to developing a strong and healthy bicycling community.

Ian Sacs
May 27, 2009, 9am PDT
The new documentary <em>The Greening of Southie</em> follows construction workers in Boston as they adapt to the new rules and regulations of green development (sometimes unwittingly).
GOOD Magazine
May 27, 2009, 6am PDT
A battle over the height of a proposed skyscraper in San Francisco emphasizes the need for an update to the city's 25-yr old plan, says critic John King.
San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2009, 1pm PDT
Seems some developers are taking Planetizen's recent poll to heart and are looking at closing car dealerships as perfect locations for new, dense development.
The Boston Globe
May 26, 2009, 7am PDT
Three cities - three directions on how their transportation infrastructure was shaped by national transportation and housing legislation, and the role of influential leaders like CO Gov. Lamm, OR representative Earl Blumenauer, and NY's Robert Moses.
PBS
Blog post
May 25, 2009, 2pm PDT

This extended holiday weekend is much anticipated personally because it signifies the return to a recreational activity that thrills me more so than any other.  By this time most years the weather has warmed up enough to prevent any further delay in getting my cheap, little sailboat ready “for the season”.  While there is very strong merit in, and a touch of previous discussion on, the return to sailing vessels for the purposes of international commercial shipping, this Memorial Day weekend I rather turn to the merits sailing has as a sustainable, low-impact, and surprisingly cheap way of having fun and experiencing the splendor of nature first hand.  Won't you please take a few moments to consider how a traditional form of waterborne transportatio

Ian Sacs
May 25, 2009, 7am PDT
The rowhouse, a style of housing that began in 17th century Europe, is gaining in popularity in the U.S.
Chicago Tribune
May 24, 2009, 1pm PDT
The consensus seems to be that its so bad, we must have hit bottom. But "a drop in housing starts might actually be good news," says one economist.
Business Week
May 24, 2009, 7am PDT
Mineola, NY has approved a new 257-unit transit-oriented development, which will benefit from a density bonus. The project is expected to pump $2 million dollars into the economy.
Newsday
May 22, 2009, 1pm PDT
A controversial bill on the desk of FL Gov. Crist is touted by supporters as 'smart growth' because they feel it will direct growth to urban areas, which are defined as 1,000 people per sq. mile. At stake is transportation mitigation of new projects.
The New York Times - U.S.
May 22, 2009, 11am PDT
MSNBC looks at the demographic and cultural shift away from suburbs and towards downtown.
MSNBC