New York city planning director Amanda Burden recently argued that there's not much more that the city can do to make housing more affordable, claiming that the city has given out 30,000 building permits per year, yet prices have failed to go down. But in fact, New York has built housing at a much lower rate than some other cities.
A few months ago, the federal Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District.
CNU Illinois and the Illinois Chapter of Students for New Urbanism hosted a successful Pop-up Urban Design Studio last week in Chicago. The studio gave students the opportunity to experience a peer-led charrette followed by collaboration with professional designers and planners. The selected site for re-design was a brownfield site in Rockford, Illinois.
One argument I've seen in anti-smart growth literature is that regulation generally and/or smart growth-oriented regulation creates housing bubbles that lead to price instability.
I've read some stories suggesting that poverty is decreasing in cities and increasing in suburbs. Urbanists see this alleged trend as evidence that cities are becoming more popular; egalitarians see it as evidence that gentrification is driving the poor into suburbia.
Could San Francisco function without any freeways? With all the derring-do that an outsider agitator can bring to a city of stakeholders, I suggested just that last Friday in the City by the Bay. Streetsblog was there.
So read the article and comment and vote. Should the SF Freeway system be wiped away?
Hello Highway Removal Advocates!
CNU is embarking on a new an effort that will expand our Highways-to-Boulevards initiative through online educational resources. This educational series will provide advocates with the tools to execute a successful Highway Removal campaign. We need to hear from you about what tools, information, and resources would be most helpful.
I recently read the following comment justifying sprawl-oriented policies: "people still want the freedom of choice, privacy and flexibility a car affords."
I have often seen this sort of argument; it seems to me to endorse the following chain of logic: (1) an unspecified number of "people" (presumably a majority) want cars and therefore (2) we should enact policies that make car ownership effectively mandatory (e.g. using highways to shift development to places without public transit, building streets too wide to be crossable by pedestrians).
Last Friday night, a woman and her daughter were struck by a car while crossing the street to attend Yom Kippur services in Jacksonville, Florida. The mother died instantly, the daughter was hospitalized.