This post is a part of CNU’s new Highways to Boulevards Blog series, which features interview summaries and insights from some of the best minds at the frontline of our Highways to Boulevards Initiative.
I'm currently reading, among other things, the book VARIATIONS ON A THEME PARK, edited by Michael Sorkin. One essay entitled "New City, New Frontier", identifies New Urbanism and Gentrification as almost one and the same. I guess I didn't get the memo that making urban spaces livable was the same thing as "prettifying" property for the art gallery and salon crowd!
Students for the New Urbanism at Arizona State University placed wayfinding signs in the Mill Avenue Districts located in downtown Tempe. The group formed in fall 2012 and has attracted both graduate and undergraduate students from urban planning, environmental science, landscape architecture. According to member Daniel Barusch, “The benefit for us is we’re not just on here going to classes, doing boring student stuff,” he said.
LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors will host an online webinar to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's forthcoming regulations on stormwater management. The webinar features Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator of the EPA's Water Office, who will discuss the forthcoming proposal and answer questions. This event is free but registration is required.
The webinar will be held on May 1 at 1 PM EDT. More details and registration is located here.
Because much of the literature on anti-density "exclusionary zoning" involves suburbs, you might think that cities tend to favor development and density. But according to a recent paper by Vicki Been of NYU Law, this is not the case. The study examines rezonings proposed by the New York Department of City Planning, and shows that the city downzones property more often than it upzones.