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Tag Archives: Urban Development

February 5, 2017
MARTA Cancels Brookhaven Development
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

MARTA has canceled a commercial and residential development at its Brookhaven transit station amid a rift with the city about financing for of the project.

February 1, 2017
It’s Time for Alter-Urbanization
Huffington Post

Just as the alt-right employs “alternative facts” in hopes of realizing their political desires, “alter-urbanization” aims for a certain urban future, namely, one that can positively answer the question: Is there an urbanization where citizens hold the ‘right to the city’?

January 31, 2017
Bay Area’s Open Space Threatened By Sprawl
SFGate

The combination of a sizzling economy and a shortage of housing has left hundreds of thousands of acres of Bay Area open space — from ranches in Antioch to scenic landscapes in San Mateo — in danger of being developed, according to a report by a land conservation group.

Land Hoarding Preventing Affordable Housing in Britain
The Guardian

Developers are sitting on land without building anything, then selling it on for profit – a vicious cycle that can make it impossible to create affordable homes. What can be done to stop this speculative feeding frenzy?

January 30, 2017
Austin City Hall Girds for Fight As It Releases Land Code Overhaul
Austin American-Statesman

Mayor Steve Adler rolled out the first draft of a controversial overhaul of the city’s land use rules Monday morning, signaling the start of a year-long process that will navigate the divisions that course through Austin’s politics of development, density and gentrification.

Austin’s Draft Land Development Code Released
Austin Contrarian

Austin’s in for a contentious few months. This draft has some obvious problems. The form regulations are too specific and too complicated. The downtown regulations are a mess. Are there any redeeming qualities?

Does Urbanization Promote Democratic Change?
Regional Studies (abstract)

Could urbanization lead to more democracy and better government for the mega-cities of the developing world? This paper reviews three channels through which urbanization may generate political change.

January 29, 2017
L.A.’s Identity at Stake in March Election
Los Angeles Times

The protests and marches over the ascendancy of Donald Trump are still underway, but it’s already time, Los Angeles voters, to focus on another election: one which might determine whether L.A. faces an urban future, or remains entrenched in its suburban present.

KC’s Downtown Revitalizing, But Other Cities Compete
Kansas City Star

From economic ignominy a couple decades ago, Kansas City’s downtown has re-emerged as an entertainment, cultural and residential hot spot with a new streetcar line that connects assets and builds walkable neighborhoods. But it has a lot of competition.

January 26, 2017
January 25, 2017
Budapest’s Largest Development in 30 Years Commences
Arch Daily

ADEPT Architects has won the commission to design a new masterplan for the Budapart neighborhood of Budapest, a project that will become the largest singular urban development in the city for nearly 30 years.

Transit-Oriented Street Design in Beijing
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Using Beijing as a case study, this paper seeks to contribute to academic and professional debates about how general Transit-Oriented design principles can be translated into the Chinese context.

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