Planning

Gen Y Values Great Neighborhoods Over Great Homes

Here is an interesting post at Urban Turf indicating that Gen Y prefers a great neighborhood over a great house. ... read more »

Neighbors in Los Angeles Advocate for Better Urban Design for Proposed Grocery Store

Local residents are fighting a proposed grocery store design along a pedestrian district of Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. ... read more »

LEED-ND and Affordable Neighborhoods

Click here to read a recent post by Kaid Benfield about planning for affordable housing and LEED-ND communities. The NRDC's Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant is an innovative way to combine good design with affordable housing. ... read more »

Rail and District Energy: Streets Paved in Better Than Gold

I'd like to get your opinion:  Could use of district energy for heating and cooling help to allow better urban design by increasing value in core area buildings (where it works best)?  District energy was a hot topic at Portland's second annual EcoDistricts Summit Oct 25-27, 2010. ... read more »

Sign the petition to save New Orleans' Charity Hospital

The City of New Orleans is grappling with what to do with Charity Hospital. The proposed LSU/VA medical complex would permanently abandon Charity Hospital, leaving one of the most beautiful buildings in the city to sit blighted with no plans for reuse.... read more »

Tax revenue from downtown mixed-use outperforms big-box superstores and malls

Analysis of property tax revenues from Sarasota, Florida reveals that mixed-use, compact development outperforms Walmarts and conventional shopping malls by a considerable margin when compared on a revenue-per-acre basis.  So writes one of our better observers of the built environment, Mary New... read more »

The Sustainable Communities Initiative

The Sustainable Communities Initiative View article with images, formatting, links and comments at http://blog.sustainableindustries.com/category/built-environment/ MaryVogel | July 21, 2010 ... read more »

"Mayors Institute" Model Comes to Israel (With a Little Help from CNU)

Aiming to import the success of the Mayors Institute on City Design — the National Endowment for the Arts program that has helped prepare more than 800 US Mayors over 24 years to be the "chief urban designers of their cities" — the Movement for Israeli Urbanism hosted the inaugural class of the... read more »

Putting a lid on the Downtown Connector at the Urban Labs luncheon

Talk about power lunching. At yesterday's Urban Labs lunch, at St. Luke's Church, a few minutes' walk from the Hilton, those of us at Table 1-A finished off our box lunches and then within about an hour sketched out a possible solution to a vexing problem of downtown Atlanta - the Downtown Connector... read more »

Food, Energy, Transportation, Urban Design, Climate for an Eternity without Oil!

2. The specific challenges that we must all address are A) the production of food without petroleum – there were approximately 100 million Americans in 1915 and 21.5 million horses (≅5:1) to help ... read more »