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Tag Archives: Urban Development

February 27, 2017
Meet Philly’s Mega Builder
Philadelphia Magazine

The mega-builder with three careers may well be the ultimate survivor in Philadelphia’s development community.

February 26, 2017
Prohibiting Density Doesn’t Ease Traffic, It Creates Sprawl
Los Angeles Times

Supporters of Measure S say it will stop mega-developments that worsen traffic. But in fact, the measure will do little to improve traffic. Congestion has many causes and possible cures, none of which are addressed or advanced by Measure S.

February 23, 2017
Is It Too Early To Agree On SDG Indicators For Transport?
World Bank

In March, the international community of statisticians will gather in New York and Ottawa to discuss and agree on a global indicator framework for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 169 targets of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Making Sense of L.A.’s Measure S
Los Angeles Times

If you want to understand the forces — and more to the point, the grievances — that gave rise to Measure S, the anti-development initiative that will appear on the March 7 ballot in Los Angeles, you have to go back to the 1980s.

Systemic Approach of Urban Resilience
International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (abstract)

Understanding the universality of complex systems order, which characterizes living systems, and which modernist city planning has violated, would allow planning more resilient cities.

February 22, 2017
Measure S and the L.A.’s Horrible Status Quo
Streetsblog L.A.

But, as best I can tell, giving developers the finger by voting “yes” on Measure S would not only do nothing to change the inequitable tendencies of development, it might serve to make it worse. Which is not to say a “yes” vote isn’t tempting.

Smart Cities Should Focus on Climate Change
Financial Express

A former Earth Sciences Ministry secretary today said while the Smart City project focuses on “infrastructure and development plans”, it gives lesser attention to impacts of climate change and natural calamities.

February 21, 2017
Congress Making Push for Urban Development Tax Credit
Next City

Facing an impending tax overhaul from the Trump administration, members of the House and Senate have moved to protect a program that gives tax credits to businesses that create jobs and other economy boosters in low-income communities.

Why Greenery Matters for Urban Development
The Guardian

From rooftop parks to garden bridges, developers have never been so green-fingered. Although landscape often comes as a decorative afterthought, putting plants first can guide the rest of the development for the better.

February 20, 2017
Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change
Huffington Post

Almost 50 years ago, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change. How can urban diaries influence effective city planning and development outcomes?

Indy Developing 100 Downtown Acres
Indianapolis Business Journal

We’re quietly building toward one of the largest opportunities for new urban development in Indianapolis’s history, the 103 acres west of downtown and the White River that was formerly the General Motors metal fabrication and stamping plant.

Demystifying HUD
Fast Company Design

It’s the “meat and potatoes” of cities and towns. It’s also deeply misunderstood.

February 16, 2017
8 Steps To Effective Urban Design
The Urban Developer

In a recent interview with Urbis National Director James Tuma, The Urban Developer investigated a series of urban design strategies that are key to achieving better cities.

St. Louis and Kansas City Bounce Back

Anchoring either end of Missouri, St. Louis and Kansas City are 250 miles apart along Interstate 70. And while they have distinct personalities and urban landscapes, the two also have an awful lot in common, both now and in the past.

Research Develop Blueprint for Future Indian Cities

Researchers at the University of Birmingham worked with children, young people and their families living in a new urban development in India to understand the everyday experiences of urban transformation – with the results informing the future development of Indian cities.

February 15, 2017
February 14, 2017
Contentious Bonus Height Program Rebranded
Socket Site

The biggest component of San Francisco’s proposed Affordable Housing Bonus Program was effectively abandoned last year; but the bonus height program for market rate developers is about to re-emerge as “HOME-SF.”

Leadership in Urban and Regional Development
Regional Studies (abstract)

This editorial paves the way for the articles addressing several contemporary sub-national leadership experiences in England, Australia, Finland, China, the Netherlands, Norway, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden.

February 12, 2017
L.A. Planners Often Allow Developers To Break Code
Los Angeles Times

When a developer proposed a high-rise tower and a shopping center at the site last year, L.A. planning commissioners — appointees of Mayor Eric Garcetti — approved the project even though it was 10 times taller than existing rules allowed. And this is not uncommon.

Leadership in Urban and Regional Development
Regional Studies

This editorial paves the way for the articles addressing several contemporary sub-national leadership experiences in England, Australia, Finland, China, the Netherlands, Norway, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden.


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