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New D.C. Development Guidelines Require More Consideration of Walkability
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New D.C. Development Guidelines Require More Consideration of Walkability

"In June, the D. C. Department of Transportation published new guidelines for reviewing the transportation impacts of major real estate...

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Planning Department Study Documents Storefront Vacancy in NYC Neighborhoods
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Planning Department Study Documents Storefront Vacancy in NYC Neighborhoods

A new report from the New York Department of City Planning has found that storefront vacancy may not be a one-answer citywide problem. Vacancies...

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Seattle Residents Wary of Urban Greening Efforts
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Seattle Residents Wary of Urban Greening Efforts

Carolyn Bick reports that efforts to improve Seattle's tree protections and increase tree canopy coverage have been met with resistance from...

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Boston's Seaport District Still Lacking Diversity
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Boston's Seaport District Still Lacking Diversity

Adrian Walker reports on Boston's Seaport District and the findings of a survey that suggest diversity continues to be an issue for the new...

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Battle of the Bay: Oakland Ahead of San Francisco in Housing Construction
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Battle of the Bay: Oakland Ahead of San Francisco in Housing Construction

"Builders in Oakland are on course to create more new housing units than San Francisco this year, a notable role reversal for a city that has long...

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Land Use the Subject of Latest IPCC Report
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Land Use the Subject of Latest IPCC Report

The Special Report on Climate Change and Land, released in summary form last Thursday, August 8, was written by 107 experts from 52 countries for...

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The Best Green Building and Development Materials in 2019
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The Best Green Building and Development Materials in 2019

It's an often-cited fact that buildings account for a substantial percentage of CO2 emissions. For example, the U. S. Environmental Protection...

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Report: Impact Fees Add 18 Percent to the Cost of Housing in California
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Report: Impact Fees Add 18 Percent to the Cost of Housing in California

A new study recommends reform for impact fees as a necessary step in response to the housing shortage and housing affordability crisis in...

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Development vs. Open Space at a Denver Golf Course
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Development vs. Open Space at a Denver Golf Course

"While Denver was hosting urban planners from 18 nations recently for a conference on green space, residents were launching a campaign to preserve...

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Austin Housing Authority Acquires Units on the Private Market
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Austin Housing Authority Acquires Units on the Private Market

Low-income households everywhere face an uphill battle acquiring and using Housing Choice Vouchers to offset their housing costs. But in Texas,...

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Controversial N.Y.C. Housing Program Under Fire
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Controversial N.Y.C. Housing Program Under Fire

The Third Party Transfer program in New York City allows the city to shift ownership of properties with unpaid taxes or utility bills to third...

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Maurice Cox Departs Detroit to Lead Planning Chicago
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Maurice Cox Departs Detroit to Lead Planning Chicago

"Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday officially nominated Maurice Cox for Chicago Commissioner of Planning and Development," reports CBS Chicago. Cox...

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In Canada, Suburban Transit-Oriented Development on the Rise
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In Canada, Suburban Transit-Oriented Development on the Rise

"Rather than shuttling commuters between bedroom communities and downtown offices, the latest transit-oriented developments, or TODs, are focusing...

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This Company Will Build a Home in Your Backyard
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This Company Will Build a Home in Your Backyard

Would you put an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in your backyard, if someone else did the legwork? Many homeowners would welcome the extra income...

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Rent Control Challenged as an Illegal Taking of Property
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Rent Control Challenged as an Illegal Taking of Property

Jared Brey interrogates the legal case presented by landlords in New York in a lawsuit designed to overturn the state's new rent control law. Here...

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Inclusionary Zoning Changes Near Final Approval in San Diego
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Inclusionary Zoning Changes Near Final Approval in San Diego

"The San Diego City Council tentatively approved a controversial set of amendments to the city's inclusionary housing regulations Tuesday in an...

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Kids and Urbanization
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Kids and Urbanization

An article published by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University shares news of a new study by University of Texas at Austin...

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Trends in Community Park Landscape Design and Planning
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Trends in Community Park Landscape Design and Planning

Our job as landscape architects and urban planners is to help cities and developers design parks that balance the best use of space with the...

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Effort to Rid Apartments of Lead Poisoning Risk Pushes Forward in Philadelphia
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Effort to Rid Apartments of Lead Poisoning Risk Pushes Forward in Philadelphia

"A law designed to strengthen the city's safeguards against lead poisoning should soon finally get the vote backers have waited for after almost...

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Zoning Change for Mixed-Use Developments, Density Near Transit Moves Forward
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Zoning Change for Mixed-Use Developments, Density Near Transit Moves Forward

"The San Diego City Council Monday tentatively approved an amendment to the city's municipal code to add a sixth development zone category aimed at...

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Office of Sustainability Nixed in Louisville
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Office of Sustainability Nixed in Louisville

According to Ryan Van Velzer, budget cuts made last month included a decision to lay off the city's sustainability director and fold the Metro...

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Oregon Residents Wondering What Will Come as Statewide Zoning Reform Takes Effect
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Oregon Residents Wondering What Will Come as Statewide Zoning Reform Takes Effect

YIMBYs, urbanists, and other pro-development forces celebrated Oregon's approval of House Bill 2001, which will end single-family zoning in most...

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Planners Can Help Increase Opportunity and Fairness

Life is often unfair, but we can make it less so. Children born in high poverty neighborhoods have fewer opportunities and tend to be less...

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New Chicago Residential Tower Sets a New Standard in a City Famous for Height
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New Chicago Residential Tower Sets a New Standard in a City Famous for Height

"Chicago's tallest residential building recently welcomed its first renters - and their views are some of the best in the city," reports Randi...

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The Post-Wildfire Dilemma: Rebuild or Retreat?
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The Post-Wildfire Dilemma: Rebuild or Retreat?

The threat of climate change means communities are facing hard questions about their futures, writes James Temple. "When should communities stay or...

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'Community Preference' Housing Policy Under the Microscope on Either Side of the Country
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'Community Preference' Housing Policy Under the Microscope on Either Side of the Country

As Seattle develops a new community preference tool, damning evidence emerges of the policy failing to achieve its stated goals in New York City...

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Transit Oriented Development Shifts Into High Gear Near BART Stations in the Bay Area
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Transit Oriented Development Shifts Into High Gear Near BART Stations in the Bay Area

John King surveys the San Francisco Bay Area for examples of the transit-oriented building spree taking place near BART stations, like at MacArthur...

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D.C. Residents Report 'Residential Instability'
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D.C. Residents Report 'Residential Instability'

"In increasingly expensive D. C., about 20% of residents in Wards 7 and 8 anticipate needing to move in the next three years because they will be...

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Multi-Family Market Grinds to a Halt in New York City
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Multi-Family Market Grinds to a Halt in New York City

"Multifamily deals came to a standstill as investors got scared away by New York's new tenants-take-all regulations," reports Oshrat Carmiel. "In...

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Gentrification Enters Preservation Debate Surrounding NYC's Strand Bookstore
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Gentrification Enters Preservation Debate Surrounding NYC's Strand Bookstore

"Since vacating 4th Avenue's legendary 'Book Row'-of which it is the only surviving store-in 1957, the Strand has blossomed into an adored cultural...

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