zoning

Review of Emily Talen's book online

My review of Emily Talen's book City Rules is now online.   To briefly summarize the book: in addition to explaining how land use and street design regulations promote sprawl, Talen shows how those regulations have become stricter over time.  In addition to addressing oft-discussed issues ... read more »

How Single Use Can Be Mixed Use

Howard Blackson's latest post on the Placemakers blog clarifies the concept of "mixed use." A narrow definition of mixed use limits the term to mixed-use buildings: for example, buildings partially devoted to housing and partially devoted to other uses.   But Blackson points out that a walkable... read more »

What I (Sort of) Wish I'd Said

Last Friday, I gave a speech on conservatives and smart growth at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference.  At the panel discussion after the speech I was asked "what if you want to build something nice and your neighbor wants to build a car wash?"  I gave an honest but nuanced answer... read more »

zoning budgets- one way to keep NIMBYism under control

Roderick Hills and David Schleicher, two law professors, have proposed one way to limit NIMBY-inspired downzonings: a "zoning budget."  Specifically, they propose that cities require every downzoning to be matched by an upzoning somewhere else, so that the city's "budget" was always balanced.&n... read more »

The North Carolina Senate's Big Act

Although Governor Bev Perdue - a Democrat - now heads North Carolina, one would hardly equate the Tar Heel State as a capital of big government. In the land of states' rights, logic would seemingly dictate that the North Carolina state legislature would allow for local municipalities to operate free... read more »

Taking it to the Street

Our studio was recently included in APA's Planning Magazine for our Field Trips and what we have learned from them. ... read more »

New Urbanism Primer in Lifestyle Magazine

Lifestyle Magazine has a nice feature on the basics of new urbanism. ... read more »

Smart growth and regulation aren't the same thing

Most debate over the relationship between smart growth, zoning regulations, and housing prices divides city and state governemnts into two categories: (a) laissez-faire, pro-sprawl governments and (b) ... read more »

Gulf Coast New Urbanism and the Katrina Cottage - USA Today

USA Today’s Larry Copeland tells us that many coastal Mississippi towns are rebuilding their communities with new urbanist principles in mind. But not all towns are jumping on the bandwagon. Towns like Biloxi seem weary of recent efforts to create walkable communities with widespread access to s... read more »