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Tag Archives: Density

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.

June 12, 2017
June 11, 2017
Density-Fighters Pan Austin’s Zoning Overhaul
Next City

Knowing that the rollout of new draft zoning maps would send tempers flaring, Austin Mayor Steve Adler encouraged the public to “chill out” upon their April release. But so far the city’s CodeNext zoning overhaul process continues to provoke strong reactions from all sides.

June 8, 2017
Q&A: Local Planning Legend on Urban Density in Houston
Houston Chronicle

Mary Lou Henry, an industry leader who in 2014 received the Texas Planning Legend award from the state chapter of the American Planning Association, has been a longtime board member of Scenic Houston. Henry met with the Chronicle to discuss Houston’s past, present and future.

June 7, 2017
How Does Housing Stock Affect Urban Revitalization?
Aaron Renn

The second of Pete Saunders’ nine reasons why Detroit failed is “poor housing stock,” particularly its overweighting towards small, early postwar cottages. Will the same problem hurt Philly in the future?

June 4, 2017
Houston Grows Denser, Even if it May Sprawl
Urban Edge

Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. could all comfortably fit inside the city limits of Houston. But in sprawling Houston, there’s a growing push for walkable urbanism, and some areas of town are already seeing density comparable to East Coast cities.

Seattle Central District Next Stop on Upzone Train
Seattle Weekly

The city’s urban planning department has released a plan to rezone key intersections along 23rd Avenue in the Central District—Seattle’s historically black and rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.

Seattle Denser than 90% of US Cities
Seattle Transit Blog

There’s been a good deal of recent attention to Seattle’s continued growth spurt. The Upshot column in the New York Times points out that we’re also one of the few cities that is growing denser as we add population.

June 1, 2017
May 23, 2017
The Truth About Density and Public Health

As recently as 20 years ago, more than two detached houses throughout Australia were approved for construction for every multi-residential dwelling which was approved.

May 19, 2017
615 Foot Tysons Skyscraper Proposal
Greater Greater Washington

If Fairfax County approves the plans, a skyscraper taller than any in the Chesapeake Bay region could soon rise in Tysons Corner.

May 18, 2017
Why Co-Living? People Need People
Tech Crunch

People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world. So go the lyrics of the famous Barbara Streisand song.

May 14, 2017
Could Austin’s CodeNext Bring Affordable Housing, Density?
Austin American-Statesman

As a part of the efforts to bring more affordable housing to Austin under a massive zoning code rewrite, the city could see far more properties eligible for developer incentives allowing for denser and sometimes larger developments.

May 11, 2017
Where Is The World’s Densest City?
The Guardian

Evenly spread over all of the world’s mountains, deserts and other terrains, we would be standing 150 metres away from our nearest neighbours. In the most densely populated cities – from Dhaka to Medellin – we’re right on top of them.

May 9, 2017
California Takes Aim At NIMBYs

Over 100 bills aim to fix the state’s severe housing crisis, including many that would crack down on developers and communities that aren’t doing their part.

May 8, 2017
May 7, 2017
Why Affordable Housing Is An Environmental Issue
Huffington Post Canada

Hot-button issues such as jobs, education, health, and housing get a lot of attention during elections. But treating them as disconnected fails to recognize that action or inaction on one can have serious consequences for another.

May 4, 2017
Higher Density Cities Need Greening Too
The Conversation

Greening cities that are becoming denser is a major challenge. Green spaces and density are both good for health outcomes when designed well. However, higher-density development can place added pressure on green space if not well planned and managed.

Visualizing Comparable Density
The Urbanist

Perceptions on density depend on design. This article shows examples of various densities in Washington State communities and closes with a summary of design elements that help to make density more compatible.


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