Headlines for the Week ending June 2, 2017
Cities growing more slowly than suburbs for the first time in six years
The Washington Post – May 25, 2017
The shift reflects a relatively steeper decline in the growth rate in cities, rather than an increase in suburban growth.
The real housing boom: The suburbs are where we want to be
The Globe and Mail – May 29, 2017
The 'burbs continue to draw tens of thousands of new residents every year compared to the few thousand or so who move downtown.
Old highway becomes public park with 24,000 plants in Seoul
Curbed – May 24, 2017
A new urban garden has risen in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, where a 938-meter (3,077-feet) elevated highway first built in 1970 has been transformed into a “sky garden” featuring 24,000 trees, shrubs, and flowers.
Placemaking When Black Lives Matter
Progressive City – April 3, 2017
Persistent inequalities and decades of discrimination mean a code of ethics isn’t going to cut it. We need an actual politics of placemaking.
How photography profoundly reshaped our ideas about cities
Common\Edge – May 29, 2017
Before the invention of the camera, we could behold the world only through our own eyes.
Here’s the detail that's missing from all the manifestos
bdonline.co.uk – May 30, 2017
Design codes make sense when a local authority, neighbourhood forum or landowner wishes to ensure urban and architectural quality — variety within a pattern — over a geographic area with multiple landowners and/or multiple builders.
To Save New Urbanism From #MAGA, it's Time to Get Political
Planetizen, May 30, 2017
Criticizing New Urbanism for the misplaced nostalgia it invokes is not new, or necessarily fair….[but] Getting serious about addressing New Urbanism's flaws means getting past design and into policy.
Transit hubs: A lure for developers
New York Times – May 23, 2017
Young workers who prefer to walk or take the train — rather than drive — to eat, work and shop are pushing up property values and reshaping the way developers approach their plans.
New Hampshire Says Yes to ADUs
AARP Livable Communities, May 2017
By allowing accessory dwelling units (or secondary residences) on single-family lots, a state law helps create needed housing for people of all ages.
Metro Board drops controversial 710 tunnel
L.A. Now – May 25, 2017
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted unanimously to withdraw its support and funding for a five-mile, $3.2-billion tunnel through El Sereno, South Pasadena, and Pasadena connecting the 710 and 210 freeways.
“Reconnect Austin’s I-35 Plan Is Running Out of Time”
Towers, May 31, 2017
Proposal returns the highway to its roots before the construction of I-35, when it was known as East Avenue.
“SPUR Talk: Reconnecting Oakland to its Waterfront”
StreetsblogSF, May 25, 2017 Stand in downtown Oakland and look around and it can be easy to forget it’s a coastal city. That’s because Interstate 880 cuts a giant, uninviting swath between the city center and the waterfront at Jack London Square.