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Leadership in Urban Planning, After Two Successful Stints as a Planning Director
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Leadership in Urban Planning, After Two Successful Stints as a Planning Director

Peter Park embodies a special kind of eloquent and focused leadership, having served as planning director of two American cities at critical times...

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The Benefits of Transit to Real Estate Values
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The Benefits of Transit to Real Estate Values

"Property values of residential and commercial buildings increase dramatically when located close to transit, according to a joint study from the...

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Ordinance Would Limit Chickens, Livestock in Chicago Residential Neighborhoods
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Ordinance Would Limit Chickens, Livestock in Chicago Residential Neighborhoods

A "pastoral tableau" has become more common in Chicago, "as sustainability-minded residents capitalize on Chicago's live-and-let-live approach to...

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Why the Poor Cannot Move: It's Not Just the (Official) Rent
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Why the Poor Cannot Move: It's Not Just the (Official) Rent

I recently read Matthew Desmond's book Evicted; one of the author's more interesting observations is his suggestion that renters in poor...

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Development Momentum for the East Side of Dallas
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Development Momentum for the East Side of Dallas

"Builders have broken ground for a new housing community on the eastern edge of downtown Dallas," reports Steve Brown. The new community is located...

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Smart Growth and Vehicle Travel Reductions
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Smart Growth and Vehicle Travel Reductions

Many jurisdictions have targets to reduce vehicle miles of travel (VMT) and increase use of alternative modes (walking, cycling, public transit,...

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Revisiting the Resilience Metric—How Does it Relate to Sustainable Development?
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Revisiting the Resilience Metric—How Does it Relate to Sustainable Development?

This is an update and expansion of a paper that I wrote in 2016, "A New Metric for Community Resilience," which presented an evidence-based index...

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Report Addresses Climate Change and Equity in New Orleans
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Report Addresses Climate Change and Equity in New Orleans

A new climate action equity report from the city of New Orleans outlines strategies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions, writes Della...

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Is National Rent Control the Right Answer?
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Is National Rent Control the Right Answer?

Kriston Capps takes a closer look at the rent control portion of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's tenants' rights bill, the A Place to...

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These Transit Agencies Want You to Build on Their Land
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These Transit Agencies Want You to Build on Their Land

Public transit providers are struggling to make ends meet. Many agencies are in a vicious cycle: the increased use of ride-hailing and bike-sharing...

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Watch: The Dark Side of Eminent Domain
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Watch: The Dark Side of Eminent Domain

In a segment for the urban planning YouTube channel City Beautiful, Dave Amos looks at the history of eminent domain and how it has decimated...

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Seattle Light Rail Expansion Brings Redevelopment Boom
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Seattle Light Rail Expansion Brings Redevelopment Boom

Doug Trumm takes a closer look at development around one of the stations that is part of Sound Transit's Northgate Link extension project in...

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The Future of the Community Reinvestment Act
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The Future of the Community Reinvestment Act

In February 2019, the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and Penn IUR jointly convened a research symposium to consider...

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Affordable Housing Losing Ground in New Orleans
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Affordable Housing Losing Ground in New Orleans

Jessica Williams shares news of a new report from HousingNOLA, a local housing advocacy organization, which finds a net loss of affordable housing...

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Gentrification and Displacement in One of Miami's Most Vulnerable Neighborhoods
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Gentrification and Displacement in One of Miami's Most Vulnerable Neighborhoods

Andres Viglucci reports on the wave of investment and change washing over Little Haiti, describe dint he article as "one of Miami's poorest, yet...

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Lincoln Common, a 1.1-Million-Square-Foot Development, Takes Shape in Chicago
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Lincoln Common, a 1.1-Million-Square-Foot Development, Takes Shape in Chicago

Blair Kamin writes news and a review of the Lincoln Common development in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. The development totals 1.1...

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Boston's Zoning Board Called Out for Conflicts of Interest
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Boston's Zoning Board Called Out for Conflicts of Interest

Milton J. Valencia and Tim Logan report on potential conflicts of interest on the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal. A recent approval of a six-unit...

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Three Years of New York's Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Program
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Three Years of New York's Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Program

Michael A. Tortorici, co-founder and executive vice president at Ariel Property Advisors, checks in with the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH)...

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2004 Rezoning Didn't Predict the Wave of Residential Development in Downtown Brooklyn
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2004 Rezoning Didn't Predict the Wave of Residential Development in Downtown Brooklyn

Tom Acitelli reports on a wave of new development in Downtown Brooklyn in New York City, especially along the Schermerhorn Street corridor....

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Forget Parking: Billions in Development Investments for Philly's Central City
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Forget Parking: Billions in Development Investments for Philly's Central City

"Building new parking in Center City just doesn't make financial sense anymore," writes Meir Rinde, citing development experts familiar with the...

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'Anti-Displacement Zones' Proposed in L.A. Following Development Controversy
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'Anti-Displacement Zones' Proposed in L.A. Following Development Controversy

Herb Wesson, president of the Los Angeles City Council, wants to counter large market rate developments in parts of the city by establishing "anti...

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Food Deserts Need the Right Kinds of Supermarkets
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Food Deserts Need the Right Kinds of Supermarkets

Catherine Brinkley at the University of California, Davis writes about her team's research on the types of supermarkets that have successfully...

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Diversifying Neighborhood Associations More Challenging Than Assumed
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Diversifying Neighborhood Associations More Challenging Than Assumed

Jessica Lee reports on the city of Minneapolis' ongoing process of reforming its neighborhood association system: The Neighborhoods 2020 program...

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Property Tax Increase Proposed to Fund Affordable Housing in Vancouver
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Property Tax Increase Proposed to Fund Affordable Housing in Vancouver

"Metro Vancouver is examining the prospect of raising property taxes by about $4 per household to fund construction of new affordable units,"...

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Stop Giving Away Valuable Public Assets! A Fiduciary Obligation for Road and Parking Pricing
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Stop Giving Away Valuable Public Assets! A Fiduciary Obligation for Road and Parking Pricing

A fiduciary obligation refers to the' legal responsibility of professionals to wisely manage the assets with which they are entrusted. One of the...

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Denver Looks to Landmark Designation Changes
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Denver Looks to Landmark Designation Changes

Denver city councilmember Kendra Black is developing proposed changes to the city's landmark designation law. The changes would require more...

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Research: Low-Cost Rental Housing Disappears While Rental Stock Grows
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Research: Low-Cost Rental Housing Disappears While Rental Stock Grows

A new working paper from researchers at the Joint Center for Housing Studies documents the decline of low-cost rental units over the past three...

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Your County May Not be Very Good at Accessing Community Development Funding
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Your County May Not be Very Good at Accessing Community Development Funding

You might think that community development funding in the United States-investments like small-business loans, federal housing grants, tax credits,...

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Toronto's New Affordable Housing Program Yields 651 New Units
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Toronto's New Affordable Housing Program Yields 651 New Units

"Toronto's invitation to build affordable housing, with financial help and incentives from the city, yielded eight new proposals for a total of 651...

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Statewide Rent Control, Eviction Protections Adopted in California
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Statewide Rent Control, Eviction Protections Adopted in California

"Tenants across California will for the first time have protections against how much landlords can increase their rents after legislators on...

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