Urban Development

October 8, 2009, 11am PDT
A lot has changed since February, so Builder Magazine has revised its list of the Top 10 Housing Markets in the country for 2009. The Bottom 10 are, of course, also featured.
Builder Magazine
October 8, 2009, 5am PDT
The theme of this year's International Architecture Biennale is "Open City: Designing Coexistence". <em>Places Journal</em> talks with the biennale's chief curator about what that means to planners, designers and architects.
Places Journal
October 7, 2009, 7am PDT
Thousands of subdivisions across the country have been abandoned mid-development by owners and developers hit hard by the economic recession. This video takes a tour inside one of these "zombie subdivisions".
CNN
October 5, 2009, 2pm PDT
Rio de Janeiro has been selected as the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. This analysis from <em>NPR</em> looks at why the Brazilian city was the obvious choice.
NPR
October 5, 2009, 8am PDT
Time Magazine takes a look at the growing problem of vacant storefronts across the U.S., and what some intrepid souls are doing about it.
Time Magazine
October 2, 2009, 9am PDT
As we learned in <em>The Big Sort</em>, America is sorting itself into enclaves of people with similar beliefs. In <em>Whitopia</em>, Rich Benjamin shows that the fastest growing areas are also the most white.
Miller-McCune
October 1, 2009, 8am PDT
In San Francisco, the mid-Market St. area has struggled for decades with blighted conditions. An area property owner thinks that digital billboards could solve the problem, and has put a proposition on the local ballot to get them built.
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 1, 2009, 7am PDT
In the midst of an important debate in Washington, DC over the future of America's transportation funding, a report issued this month by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified several challenges facing regional transportation policy.
Northwest Hub
September 30, 2009, 9am PDT
Failing malls didn’t get into trouble overnight: most began their descent long before the tough climate.
Building Place Notebook
Blog post
September 30, 2009, 6am PDT

Since its founding in the mid 1990s, Alliance for Downtown New York has long been one of the world's leading business improvement districts. This non-profit organization has presided over the reinvention of New York's historic Financial District as a thriving 24-hour live/work district, while retaining a respectable share of the city's financial services sector. The Alliance built a network of Wi-Fi hotspots that lit up nearly every major public space in the district - not just outdoor locations like Bowling Green and City Hall Park, but also indoor atria like the Winter Garden and 60 Wall Street.

Anthony Townsend
September 29, 2009, 12pm PDT
New public art projects are popping up across the Pacific Northwest. Some of Seattle’s traffic signal boxes are getting a makeover, as artists add decorative touches to them.
Northwest Hub
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