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Tag Archives: Urban Development

April 30, 2017
April 27, 2017
Government-Created Parking Externalities
Market Urbanism

In new research on parking policy, Jan Brueckner and Sofia Franco argue that residential developers should be required to provide more off-street parking in places where street parking contributes to traffic congestion. But this is all based on one crucial assumption.

The Absurdity of the Boston Common Shadow Debate
Boston Globe

At earlier points in our history, ridding the city of witchcraft and suppressing immoral literature were urgent goals for respectable Bostonians. The movement to keep fleeting shadows off parks is just as well-intentioned — and just as overzealous.

April 26, 2017
Effectiveness of Transit Oriented Development in Reducing Car Use
Urban Policy & Research (abstract)

A transit oriented development (TOD) approach for Perth, Western Australia has been employed as one means of reducing car dependency. Planning for Subiaco Station precinct, one of the first Perth TOD precincts, commenced two decades ago. Has the project been effective?

High-Density Intensified Housing Developments in Asia
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper highlights the key considerations and trends in the development of new urban spaces in the context of high-density, high-intensity residential urban environments in Asia.

April 25, 2017
Has Seattle Finally Figured Out Redevelopment?

Over the last few years, virtually every neighborhood in Seattle has seemingly been inundated with large development projects. What has the city learned during its redevelopment process?

April 20, 2017
Interests Behind ‘City Shapers’ Subvert High-Density Policies
The Conversation

Urban consolidation features in the planning policy of every Australian capital, but is highly contentious. Communities often resist attempts to increase density. And research suggests such policies are inconsistently implemented and often fail to achieve sustainability goals.

April 19, 2017
Nashville Requiring Developers To Build More Sidewalks
The Tennessean

The Metro Council took action Tuesday that will significantly increase the number of developers in Nashville — particularly homebuilders — who are required to provide sidewalks during new construction projects.

April 17, 2017
April 16, 2017
How Driverless Cars Will Change Urban Development
Los Angeles Times

One of the country’s biggest apartment developers is working on plans for a grand residential complex in downtown Los Angeles that includes what appears to be an ordinary garage. But it is different in one respect: it is designed to be converted to residential use, eventually.

April 13, 2017
CDBGs Lack Star Power, With Biggest Impact Often Hidden
Next City

Ninety-nine. That’s how many budget categories the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development lists in its spreadsheet tallying up how Community Development Block Grants get spent across the country. Even some of those categories aren’t as precise as they could be.

April 12, 2017
Las Vegas Is Learning From Us

In a place with no rules, why is the Strip trying so hard to be just like the boring city you left behind?

April 11, 2017
L.A. Moves to Alter Its Sprawling Image
New York Times

Los Angeles conjures a particular image in the popular imagination: sprawling and spacious, dotted with single-family homes and riddled with traffic. But Angelenos have signaled that they are ready for a change.

April 10, 2017
April 9, 2017
UT-Austin Team Wins 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition
Urban Land Institute

A redevelopment plan for a Chicago site presented by a team from UT-Austin has taken top honors in the 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition, a competition that provides grad students the chance to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for a large-scale urban site.

Developer Bets Big On Downtown San Antonio’s Future
San Antonio Express-News

Holding a Local Coffee cup in one hand, San Antonio developer Kevin Covey examined a brick in the other before leaning in to look at the mortar of a wall at a popsicle shop he’s building in Southtown.


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