Urban Development

April 13, 2009, 5am PDT
Officials from three counties in the Portland region are trying to work together to decide where to locate regional urban reserves of land for future development and rural reserves for preservation.
Lake Oswego Review
April 12, 2009, 1pm PDT
The Saudi Arabian economy is still prospering, and development is booming. This piece looks at the Kingdom as an opportunity for developers and planners looking for work in tough times.
Building
April 12, 2009, 11am PDT
Though typically a strong and steady market, falling condo sales indicate that the housing slump has moved into Manhattan.
The New York Times
April 12, 2009, 5am PDT
Developers in Florida have announced plans to build a new 17,000 acre city that will run entirely on solar power.
The Miami Herald
April 11, 2009, 1pm PDT
Christopher Hume tours Dubai, and though he finds some redeeming qualities, the overall impression is that the fantastical city is a "ruin-in-waiting".
The Toronto Star
April 11, 2009, 9am PDT
Members of a citizen group in Bull Mountain, an incorporated area in Washington County, Oregon, are at odds with an agreement that would allow cities to provide all urban services and dictate urban growth boundaries.
The Times
April 11, 2009, 7am PDT
How is Kansas City to make itself sustainable? This blog offers 13 strategies, one posted a day, from experts in different fields.
One KC Voice
April 11, 2009, 5am PDT
This column argues that legislation to build a new stadium for Washington D.C.'s professional soccer team is also a move to jumpstart development around many of the area's transit stations.
The Gazette
April 10, 2009, 1pm PDT
A draft Environmental Impact Report is now underway to study the proposed routes and power sources for rail extensions south of Boston. Considerations include ridership, wetlands, smart growth benefits, and future development around train stations.
The Boston Globe
April 10, 2009, 11am PDT
A major retail and tourist project in Las Vegas -- what some are calling the largest project in the world -- is stumbling amid the recession. Its developers and the city are unsure of its future.
Reuters
April 10, 2009, 10am PDT
The recession is causing construction contractors to branch out -- from subdivisions to road projects. And the market is now flooded, giving state more and lower bids to choose from.
The Washington Post
April 10, 2009, 7am PDT
Shaun Donovan wants HUD to catalyze shifts in American urban planning, one community at a time. A look at the optimistic HUD secretary, who has been given the task of fixing the housing market—and making over a broken government agency.
Forbes
April 10, 2009, 6am PDT
Colorado Springs planners have put two ambitious plans on the table: The first, a brand new Master Plan for its downtown, and the second, a form-based code.
Colorado Springs Gazette
April 9, 2009, 2pm PDT
Los Angeles has begun using its $33 million in funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to jumpstart neighborhoods blighted by foreclosure. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan visited a South Los Angeles neighborhood Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2009, 6am PDT
The ambitious green Chinese city of Dongtan was hyped up to be one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. But now, like other eco-city plans, work on the project has slowed to a halt.
Yale Environment 360
April 9, 2009, 5am PDT
High Country News reports on Fresno's infamous Taco Flat in this 4-pager. Seattle's Nickelsville and Portland's Dignity Village are held up as better examples of squatter settlements. Architecture and 'informal urbanism' of tent cities is examined.
High Country News
April 8, 2009, 11am PDT
Officials in San Antonio say they've closed a legal loophole that allowed developers to clear trees for ranching or farming.
San Antonio Express-News
April 7, 2009, 9am PDT
A transit-oriented development boom in Southeast Seattle is coming to a halt, as the economic recession sets in.
The Seattle Times
April 7, 2009, 6am PDT
As planning director of Vancouver until 2006, Larry Beasley was instrumental in the creation of the downtown's new form. Since stepping down, he's been spreading the word across the globe of what makes Vancouverism work so well.
National Post
April 6, 2009, 1pm PDT
A new parking garage opening in Ft. Worth is actually a full-scale public art project by artist/architect Christopher Janney. Janney's design includes a soundscape of Ft. Worth music and native animal sounds.
Fort Worth Business Press