March 21, 2009, 11am PDT
Light rail developers in Utah are cutting costs and timelines with a new and unlikely track base: foam.
March 19, 2009, 8am PDT
Colorado law prohibits the collection of rainwater, but urban farmers, environmentally-conscious homeowners, and even developers are catching on to its benefits and building momentum for the legalization of rainwater harvesting.
March 13, 2009, 8am PDT
Legislators in Utah have approved a bill that would allow the Utah Department of Natural Resources to swap a 3,000 year old Native American village to a group of developers intent on building a new transit station.
January 13, 2009, 1pm PST
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is talking about reforming the city's longstanding restrictions on alcohol. Writer Luke Garrett puts in his pitch for relaxed zoning to allow an old-fashioned pub in his neighborhood.
December 31, 2008, 8am PST
Obama has compared the size of the stimulus package he wants to the 1956 National Highway Act. If the states have their way, it may be just that -- a new highway bill with little left for transit.
December 28, 2008, 11am PST
The U.S. Census Bureau released its report for the year ending July 1, 2008. It showed that the effect of the recession was to reduce domestic migration from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and Sunbelt. Utah was the fastest growing state.
December 3, 2008, 8am PST
The people of Salt Lake City have gotten behind the switch to mixed-use, and developers have been clearing away old sprawl. But the flailing economy has put projects on hold, leaving the city with a landscape full of holes.
December 1, 2008, 10am PST
The Bureau of Land Management hasn't gone through with its plans to auction off leases on land, apparently intended to be explored for oil and gas.
November 5, 2008, 9am PST
Draper, UT will soon be seeing new transit-oriented development, where there will be no building height restrictions or population caps.
October 10, 2008, 12pm PDT
A battle is brewing in Utah over a Senate bill that banned voters from overturning land use decisions, and the power plant that is the first significant land use to be impacted by the law.
October 10, 2008, 10am PDT
As many as 65% of foster care kids in Utah end up homeless and on the streets. A youth commission in Salt Lake County is proposing a new sort of housing project to help young adults as they age out of the foster care system.
September 28, 2008, 7am PDT
Midvale used to be the heart of Utah's mining industry. After an economic slump, downtown Midvale has come back thanks to small businesses and a new influx of immigrants.
September 3, 2008, 6am PDT
Utah appears to be just what Texas oilman, T. Boone Pickens, had in mind with his new energy plan that calls for widespread use of natural gas to replace gasoline and diesel, even though only one vehicle is manufactured to run on it.
August 25, 2008, 9am PDT
Development encroaches on one of the last family farms in Orem, Utah. Now the Cook Family Farm intends to stand their ground in the face of new city mandates and developer pressure.
August 12, 2008, 10am PDT
This column from Neal Peirce looks at the new megapolitan stronghold of the Intermountain West.
July 30, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A new study by the University of Utah shows that people who live in walkable neighborhoods are more likely to be leaner than those who live in auto-oriented areas.</p>
June 2, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>"Mixed-use"? "transit-oriented development"? Development in Farmington, Utah hits a wall while the planning commission debates definitions.</p>
May 21, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Sprawl is consuming small towns in Utah, and creating one of the largest megapolitan regions in the U.S.</p>
May 7, 2008, 4pm PDT
<p>Plans for a Broadway-style theater and "cultural district" in downtown Salt Lake City moves forward.</p>
May 5, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Suburban Salt Lake cities are squabbling over who should host a possible station for the area's new commuter rail system. The city seen as the best choice doesn't want a station, while another city is doing all it can to lure the system.</p>