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A new theory of ancient cities

A new theory of ancient cities September 1, 2007 Los Angeles Times Staff Writer,By Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times Staff Writer ...was a full-fledged urban center of about 325 acres. The finds, the researchers wrote, suggest that the study of early urban areas "must accommodate multiple model... read more »

EPA Urban Transportation Design Study in Governing Magazine

A study compared how well old-city street layouts handled traffic versus modern approaches. The results set off a firestorm. From Governing Magazine By ALEX MARSHALL When I drive my neighborhood streets of Brooklyn, which were laid out more than a century ago in a grid style, it’s obvious: These c... read more »

Robin Roberts and Good Morning America welcome Pass Christian family to new Katrina Cottage

Robin Roberts was live in her hometown of Pass Christian, MS for the second day in a row today, commemorating the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destructive collision with the Gulf Coast ... read more »

Looking at the big picture

Planners say entire neighborhoods, not individual buildings, key to payoff of green principles Charlotte Business Journal - July 6, 2007 by Bea Quirk "One of the basic principles of ecology is that everything is connected -- that no part of the environment exists in a vacuum. ... read more »

A "Radical" Idea Whose Time Has Come: Lehrer News Hour Explores Bringing Down Seattle's Alaskan Way Freeway

More and more Seattle residents are showing they are fed up with the domination of their potentially beautiful waterfront by a truck route. ... read more »

NJ: Affordable housing shift blocked by court

By Tom Hester Jr. Associated Press TRENTON - A state appellate court yesterday ordered the state to reconsider a plan by a wealthy Monmouth County community to pay a poverty-laden nearby town to take on its affordable housing obligation, a decision hailed as crucial by affordable housing advocates. ... read more »

From NJ State Assemblyman Joe Roberts: NJ needs a new plan for affordable housing

Sunday, August 26, 2007 By JOE ROBERTS For the Courier-Post New Jersey needs a housing policy that promotes -- not prevents -- the ability of our residents to live where they work. Regional contribution agreements (RCAs) are a barrier to that goal. ... read more »

Sustainability and New Urbanism in the Third World

A recent article on WorldChanging.com brought up the subject of sustainable planning and building in third world regions. The article specifically discusses the October 15 8.0 earthquake in the Ica region of Central Andean Peru. The city of Pisco near the epicenter has reportedly lost 80 percent of... read more »

John Norquist's Letter to Editor (Chicago Tribune) on Highway Maintenance

In "Bad transportation policy, at a price," Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman appropriately bemoans the federal funding of highway expansion over maintenance. Federal funding favors spectacular expansion projects with attendant ribbon cuttings over routine inspection and maintenance that can h... read more »

Pittsburgh Planning Two Prominent Green Developments

In the same vein as Portland and Denver, Pittsburgh is on its way to becoming an energy efficient city centered around green urbanism. This ... read more »