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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richmond CA Mayor Tom Butt, San Francisco Chronicle

Tag Archives: Density

August 22, 2017
Investor-Driven Urban Density is Linked to Disadvantage
The Conversation

The densification of Australian cities has been heralded as a boon for housing choice and diversity. The up-beat promotion of “the swing to urban living” by one of Australia’s leading developer lobby groups epitomises the rhetoric around this seismic shift in housing.

August 21, 2017
August 20, 2017
Downtown Bellevue, WA to be Rezoned
Seattle Transit Blog

Bellevue is nearing approval of a comprehensive update to downtown zoning. It could mean taller buildings up to 600’ in some areas of the downtown core.

August 17, 2017
How Does Compactness Effect Congestion?
Cities (abstract)

From years of research, we know that compact development that is dense, diverse, well-designed, etc. produces fewer vehicle miles traveled (VMT) than sprawling development. But compact development also concentrates origins and destinations.

August 16, 2017
August 15, 2017
Smart Cities Are Compact, But Are They Really Smart?

The Indian government announced plans in 2015 to create 100 new smart cities, leading the way with urban smartening. But while it was promised that these cities would be sustainable, new research suggests otherwise.

August 9, 2017
Vancouver Planners Aim to Make High Density Neighborhoods Livable
The Globe and Mail

Builders and city staff aimed to ensure that, in an area that previously only contained industry and single-family houses, the thousands of new people would have a rich array of activities and services, as well as a setting with more than just new towers.

August 7, 2017
How Density Builds Household Wealth
CNU Public Square

Walkable mixed-use neighborhoods can help families build wealth—enough to help fund big-ticket items like college and retirement.

August 6, 2017
August 1, 2017
July 31, 2017
The FHA Still Insures Sprawl Over Urban Density

While some may argue that America is an inherently suburban nation, full of citizens who prefer their own homes and yards, they forget that the federal government has long favored sprawl. No agency has been more complicit in this than the Federal Housing Administration.

To Reduce Emissions, CA Needs Housing Density

Emissions from electricity generation are decreasing while those from transportation are increasing. If communities don’t increase housing density to change travel patterns, it will only get worse, but the challenges may be insurmountable.

July 26, 2017
The Density-Frequency Guarantee in Seattle
The Urbanist

Recently, Seattle has made progress expanding its frequent service network and shifting from the old hub-and-spoke model to a frequent grid. But for trips requiring transfers or without frequent service nearby, infrequent routes are a frustrating limiting factor.

July 25, 2017
July 13, 2017
Twin Cities Buck National Trend, Get Denser

In the Twin Cities, an increasing amount of new development is also happening atop existing development, such as multifamily going up in the commercial corridors of yesteryear, like strip malls.

July 7, 2017
Will Hong Kong Stop Moving Upwards
Asia Tatler

What’s really struck me since the handover is how culture and architecture have become so interconnected in Hong Kong. Look at the West Kowloon Cultural District, which was first conceived in 1998.

June 29, 2017
Is a Walkable Houston Possible?
The Urban Edge

A hot topic in the planning world, walkability is something the City of Houston has begun to take more seriously recently but it’s progress is slow, without an easy application to a sprawling city that encompasses a wide variety of neighborhoods.

June 27, 2017
Making Infill Work in Florida’s Urban Cores
Urban Land Institute

A rising class of government officials and developers across Florida, attuned to the acute challenges limiting urban infill development, are attempting to remedy the obstacles of infill development and have found some success.

June 25, 2017
June 22, 2017
June 20, 2017
Evolve Austin Making the Case for Density
Austin Monitor

A coalition of businesses and nonprofits hopes to mobilize people to support a new Land Development Code that will make Austin more compact and connected.


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