Urban Development

April 30, 2009, 9am PDT
Now that Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel has been listed as one of the nation's most endangered historic places, preservationists argue the irony behind developers' plans to demolish the building to "green" the area.
Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2009, 7am PDT
Diversity is important to neighborhood commercial areas, but getting the right balance of retail and restaurants without disincentivizing the former is not so simple.
Greater Greater Washington
April 30, 2009, 6am PDT
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering listing the Tehachapi slender salamander as an endangered species, which could cause problems for large developments in California like the massive Tejon Ranch project.
The Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2009, 10am PDT
Detroit, now no stranger to demolitions, ought to rethink what it does with its abandoned, historic buildings--which have long been bulldozed without much of a second thought.
Next American City
April 29, 2009, 9am PDT
The effects of the U.S. Green Building Council's new LEED-ND certification for neighborhoods leaves plenty of questions to be answered regarding its effects (intended or not) on land use, sprawl, and property values.
REJournals.com
April 29, 2009, 8am PDT
Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has unveiled plans to turn an industrial parcel of land near downtown into "the global capital of clean technology."
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2009, 7am PDT
The municipal demand for water in Oregon is expected to increase by more than 61% by 2050, and many policymakers there are trying to figure out how to meet that growing demand.
The Oregonian
April 27, 2009, 2pm PDT
Disability-rights activists have criticized New Urbanists for raising entrances above ground level, which hampers accessibility. The 'Lifelong Communities' charrette in Atlanta found the two groups mending ways.
New Urban News
April 27, 2009, 1pm PDT
The Russian government is building a 2-mile bridge from Vladivostok to a tiny island in preparation for the 2012 Asia Pacific Economic Summit. Many in the country say the $1 billion plan is a waste of money and a bridge to nowhere.
The New York Times
April 27, 2009, 10am PDT
This series from the BBC looks at how the UK's cities have changed over the last few decades, and what the lasting impact is of the billions spent for community redevelopment.
BBC News
April 27, 2009, 8am PDT
Toronto is moving forward with a plan to re-vision it's aging concrete high-rises as sustainable, mixed-use centers of urban development.
WorldChanging
April 27, 2009, 6am PDT
Redeveloping Coney Island could be the biggest rezoning effort in New York City history. The controversial plan has many in the city up in arms.
New York Daily News
April 26, 2009, 9am PDT
Virginia recently announced new rules governing the connectivity and width of streets. Some new urbanists bemoan that they may have muffed an opportunity to make the new standards even better.
New Urban News
April 26, 2009, 5am PDT
This article from <em>High Country News</em> dissects the Arizona real estate collapse through the lens of one exurb.
High Country News
April 25, 2009, 5am PDT
As the automotive industry takes a deep hit during the current economic recession, many tie the Detroit's hopes to those of the auto industry. But Richard Florida argues Detroit needs to think beyond the car business.
NPR
April 24, 2009, 11am PDT
Philadelphia's SugerHouse waterfront development could learn a thing or two from San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood, according to this piece.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
April 24, 2009, 8am PDT
The EPA's proposal to list the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site is getting mixed reactions from nearby residents and officials: some see the designation as a development-halting stigma, others as quite the opposite.
The New York Times
April 23, 2009, 10am PDT
As a developer turned bicycle activist, Brad Knoefler is trying to bring an urban greenway to one of Miami's most blighted neighborhoods. However, a myriad of red tape remains to be cut.
Miami Herald
April 22, 2009, 1pm PDT
The Hope for Homeowners Act was designed to allow foreclosed homeowners to keep their homes by drawing up new and more affordable mortgages for qualified applicants. Barney Frank is one of many proclaiming it a failure.
NPR
April 22, 2009, 8am PDT
This slideshow from <em>New York</em> looks at a handful of residential and office buildings in New York City that have either stalled or completely halted development.
New York