Planning

"Suburbs" don't have to equal "Sprawl"

Great post at http://capntransit.blogspot.com/2012/04/why-we-need-walkable-transit-oriented.html .  ... 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 »

Housing costs and centralization

In my limited experience, commentators who oppose regional land use regulations like urban growth boundaries (or at least worry about the impact of such regulations on housing costs) tend to favor keeping cities constrained within their 1950 boundaries, while people who favor such regulations t... read more »

Gibbs to Present Keynote at Auckland Conversations

Robert Gibbs will give the keynote presentation for Auckland Conversations, in Auckland, New Zealand, on March 21. Auckland Conversations is a speaker event that presents select international urban thinkers who are leaders in their areas of expertise. ... read more »

New Urban New Orleans

New Orleans – New Urban Projects Compiled by Gate Pratt (limehs@earthlink.net) ... read more »

Planning Director - Minneapolis

Mayor R.T. Rybak City Hall, Room 331 350 South Fifth Street Minneapolis, MN 55415 ... read more »

Rainwater-In-Context Initiative Members Published in Stormwater Magazine

CNU members and contributors to the Rainwater-In-Context Initiative, Jim Dumont and Kim Stephens have just been published in the most recent issue of Stormwater Magazine. Their article, “Rainwater Management in a Watershed Context” is a thoughtful review of the divergent goals of rainwater manag... read more »

Sprawl: Opportunity Costs - Opportunity Lost

The image is a drawing done by the author, simply expressing visually what I would be seeing from the place I grew up. Looking back, I might wonder how I can look back further in time and see how a city like New York, and my "old" neighborhood came into existence, how it has changed and constantly e... read more »

Andrew Howard's Better Block Parties

It is sometimes objected to new urbanism that it’s somehow inauthentic - that streets where the houses have front porches and communities built around a town center may have more to do with stage design than the way real people live today. ... read more »