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In Mexico we occupy streets in a very particular manner—it may seem chaotic, but it is actually very complex and organized.

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Tag Archives: Urban Development

March 7, 2017
Christianity Embracing Gentrification
The Guardian

To a new breed of churches, dilapidated neighbourhoods are the fallen world – and salvation lies not just in prayer but in pop-ups, vintage shops and bakeries.

March 6, 2017
The Roles of Nature and History in Urban Development
London School of Economics

Why do people live where they do, whether in the world as a whole or within a given country? Why are some places so densely populated and some so empty? In daily life, we take this variation in density as a matter of course, but in many ways it can be quite puzzling.

Study Sparks Debate Over Compact Development And Driving
Taylor & Francis

Compact development is often recommended as a way to get people to drive less and create more sustainable communities. However, different studies over the years have yielded different outcomes, leading to a muddled understanding about the true impact of compact development.

March 5, 2017
Charlotte’s Light Rail Development Lessons
Charlotte Business Journal

2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the 10-mile Lynx Blue Line, connecting uptown to Pineville. The line has spurred billions of dollars in new development; but how has Charlotte progressed since then?

Building Boom Reshaping Milwaukee Skyline
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The bevy of construction cranes hovering over downtown Milwaukee reflect an extraordinary commercial real estate boom that is reshaping the city’s skyline and transforming the ways its people live, work and play.

Detroit: The Urban Condo Boom’s Final Frontier
Realtor.com

Across the U.S., such development has reached its limit. Rents are dropping in some major cities, and bank lenders are pulling back even in strong markets. Detroit developers, a small group of mostly local businesspeople, are gambling they will defy those odds.

March 2, 2017
The Destruction of Mecca
The Economist

The Middle East’s largest building project has effaced 1,400 years of Islamic history.

Difficult Development Areas and the Supply of Subsidized Housing
Regional Science & Urban Economics (abstract)

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) provides a subsidy to developers who construct housing with maximum tenant incomes and contributions towards rent. How does this effect both low-income and high-income areas?

Reimagining Planning as ‘Market Maker’
Planning Theory & Practice (abstract)

In this paper we hope to show that the analyses that support planning as development hinderance are incomplete because of the theoretical limitations of the neoclassical tradition from which they emerge.

Shaping An Urban Amazonia
Planning Perspectives (abstract)

This paper discusses the massive colonization plan and settlement scheme implemented in the early 1970s by the Brazilian government as part of the development of the Amazonian territory, and accounts for some of the reasons for its failure.

March 1, 2017
February 28, 2017
Denver’s R-Line Needs Walkability, Freeways In The Way
Streetsblog Denver

RTD’s R-Line opened to the public last Friday, and while a new light rail route through Aurora is a positive step forward, it’s also not without flaws. Some shortcomings are a result of decisions made long ago and will be tough to fix, but they can be remedied.

Futurists Answer: What Elements Drive Urban Design?
The Urban Developer

Internationally renowned planning experts believe that artificial intelligence, driverless cars, the shared economy and climate change are disrupting the future of urban design in New Zealand cities.

New 3-D Map Visualizes Manhattan’s Future
The Architects' Newspaper

Launched by the Alliance for Downtown New York, a free interactive 3-D map (dubbed LM3D) uses real-time data to show all current and development projects within one-square-mile of Chamber Street.

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.

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