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April 20, 2017, 1pm PDT
Urban densities tend to encourage more liberal, tolerant values. Living among diverse neighbors can reduce fear and resentment, as everyday interactions break down stereotypes and misconceptions of ‘the other.’
Places Journal
Blog post
March 26, 2017, 1pm PDT
Despite depressing U.S. federal politics, there are many encouraging planning trends if you look internationally and locally.
Todd Litman
March 2, 2017, 12pm PST
Leading researchers debate whether more compact urban development reduces automobile travel in the Journal of the American Planning Association. The issues are complex and important.
Journal Of The American Planning Association
February 28, 2017, 5am PST
The new INRIX Traffic Scorecard uses "big" data to calculate congestion costs. Like previous studies, it exaggerates traffic congestion costs and roadway expansion benefits.
City Observatory
February 23, 2017, 5am PST
The new Transit-Walkability Collaborative works to create safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service.
Transit-Walkability Collaborative
Blog post
February 21, 2017, 5am PST
Many households spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, but the latest International Housing Affordability Survey is wrong to recommend sprawl as the best solution. Real solutions must reduce both housing and transport costs.
Todd Litman
February 4, 2017, 5am PST
City Observatory's Joe Cortright examines how immigration rates affect regional economic development. This research indicate that policies that exclude immigrants are not only mean, they are also stupid.
City Observatory
February 3, 2017, 8am PST
The "sanctuary cities" that President Trump has repeatedly characterized as incubators of crime are generally safer than other cities, according to a new analysis of FBI crime data.
The Washington Post
Blog post
January 27, 2017, 12pm PST
The annual Urban Mobility Report (UMR), published by Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), should come with a warning label.
Todd Litman
January 17, 2017, 1pm PST
The "Monitoring Global Urban Expansion Program" gathers and analyzes data on 200 cities around the world. The "Atlas of Urban Expansion" presents the program's preliminary results.
Atlas of Urban Expansion