Nov 7
MO Appeals Court Finds Trustees Failed to Prove that the Cost of Repairing the Billboard was Not More Than 50% of the Cost to Replace its Non-Conforming Portions : The Board of Adjustment of the city of Branson (“the Board”) and the city of Branson (“City”) appealed the judgment of the circuit court that: reversed the Board’s decision to deny a sign permit (“the...
Law of the Land
Nov 7
1st Circuit Court of Appeals Remands Question of Restriction on Adult Entertainment Occurring Within Establishments Licensed to Serve Alcohol for Findings of State Law : Showtime Entertainment, LLC (“Showtime”), owner of a lot within the town’s adult-entertainment overlay district brought action against town and two members of town’s board, alleging, inter alia, that...
Law of the Land
Nov 7
NC Appeals Court Finds the Burden was on the Town, Rather than Property Owner, to Establish the Location of Zoning Line at the Time Property Owner Began His Nonconforming Use Because Town Could Not Locate Official Zoning Map : John Shearl (“Petitioner”) owned property directly off Highway 28 in Highlands, on which he operates a business entitled, “J & J Lawn and Landscape.”  On 19 August 2009, Respondent issued a zoning vio...
Law of the Land
Nov 7
Friday Fun: Urban gardening builds strong, cohesive communities : Urban gardens, like the one pictured above in Kibera, Nairobi, allow residents to come together for healthier, happier communities....
The City Fix
Nov 7
The ‘Super El Niño’ Forecast Fadeout : Early-year warnings of a "super El Nino" are history....
Dot Earth
Nov 7
NYC: Eyes on the Street: The Greenway Link That Burn Up Kips Bay Condo Owners : The 37th Street connector is in, providing a two-way bike link between First Avenue and the East Side Greenway....
Streetsblog
Nov 7
NYC: The Weekly Carnage : The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs....
Streetsblog
Nov 7
NYC: Prendergast: $15 Billion Gap in MTA Capital Program “Unconscionable” : Post-election, the political discussion about transit funding in New York has entered a new phase. Albany can now turn its attention to the most pressing transportation issue in the state: closing the...
Streetsblog
Nov 7
Environmental Activists Push for a Grenelle Environment Round Table in Marseille : Polluted Marseille, congested Marseille, Marseille the concrete jungle. Ecological activists in the French city are calling out to elected officials....
Global Site Plans: The Grid
Nov 7
Weekend Reading 11/7/14 : Clark A nifty idea: you can reduce your carbon footprint, at least a wee bit, by reducing how much data you store in the cloud.  One simple option for Gmail users is to use this free service to tidy u...
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Nov 7
NYC: New York State DMV Dismisses Tickets of Driver Who Killed Toddler Allie Liao : The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles dismissed summonses for failure to yield and careless driving issued to the driver who killed 3-year-old Allison Liao in 2013....
Streetsblog
Nov 7
NYC: Today’s Headlines : The Default NYC Speed Limit Is a More Humane 25 MPH as of Today (WSJ, WNYC, AMNY) …and Post Headline Writers Are at a Loss How Come Cy Vance Doesn’t Treat Drivers Who Actually Kill as Seriously as Thi...
Streetsblog
Nov 7
Traditional Development is a Municipal Goldmine : My latest piece in The American Conservative....
Strong Towns
Nov 7
Protecting Prairie Dogs : A Utah district court has ruled that the Endangered Species Act has exceeded Congress’ authority to regulate private landowners....
The Antiplanner
Nov 6
A Missed Opportunity for Seattle’s Downtown School : robert s donovan, flickrThe Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors disappointed hundreds of downtown families and residents yesterday by unanimously voting against plans to acquire the vacant Feder...
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Nov 6
Mumbai is ready For “Equal Streets – A Citizens’ Movement” : Car ownership is on the rise in Indian cities, but Mumbai’s new Equal Streets movement will help people take back the streets every Sunday while encouraging community interaction and active lifestyles...
The City Fix
Nov 6
NYC: Mary Beth Kelly: Let’s Start Driving on City Streets With a Respect for Life : Tomorrow the default New York City speed limit will drop to 25 miles per hour....
Streetsblog
Nov 6
A Doctor-Parent Exchange Reveals a Dangerous Gap Between Fears and Facts on Ebola and Flu : A parent presses a doctor to vaccinate a child against Ebola, while rejecting a flu shot....
Dot Earth
Nov 6
NYC: First Look: Woodhaven BRT Could Set New Standard for NYC Busways : In one option, “Concept 2,” buses would run in dedicated lanes next to through traffic, keeping local traffic, drop-offs, and deliveries to service lanes and out of the way of buses....
Streetsblog
Nov 6
Building the Responsive City : The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data Smart Governance by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford Technology, and especially the use of data and analytics, has been transforming the wa...
Newgeography.com
Nov 6
Comments and Responses : Last month the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a profile of me and Strong Towns. Being the state paper of record, it was a pretty big deal around here....
Strong Towns
Nov 6
In Tokyo, Japan, the Metabolist Nagakin Capsule Tower Faces Demolition : Boxes blackened by the passage of time, piled one on top of the other: the “Nagakin Capsule Tower” sticks out in Tokyo’s Shimabshi business district, but a handful of ardent supporters have mo...
Global Site Plans: The Grid
Nov 6
Motorcycle Taxis and Buses Duke it out in Rio de Janiero’s Rochinha Favela : Only three bus lines (537, 538, 539) serve the residents of Rocinha, in Rio’s South Zone, one of the largest favelas in Latin America....
Global Site Plans: The Grid
Nov 6
Sustainability Between the Sheets : Sustain Condoms 3-pack varieties....
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Nov 6
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Center-Lane Busways Among Several Options for Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevard SBS (CapNY) Crash Data: City Pedestrians Who Follow Traffic Rules Put Themselves in Mortal Danger (WNYC) Man Struck in N...
Streetsblog
Nov 6
Planned Manufacturing Districts: Planning the Life Out of Districts : Chicago’s Goose Island and surrounding Planned Manufacturing DistrictsThey are called different things in different cities, but they are similar in form and intent among the cities where they are foun...
Market Urbanism
Nov 6
Industry Denver Accelerates River North Revitalization : By Liz Munn If you’ve been to the River North (RiNo) neighborhood lately, you may have noticed that INDUSTRY at 29th and Brighton Boulevard is buzzing with activity....
DenverUrbanism
Nov 6
Podcast Show 195: Dave Runyon : This week the podcast features a conversation with Dave Runyon (twitter), Executive Director of City Unite and co-author of the book The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Ou...
Strong Towns
Nov 6
What Should Republicans Do? : Republicans have taken both houses of Congress and are eager to make changes. But they haven’t collectively decided what those changes should be. Here are some suggestions. 1. Learn from history....
The Antiplanner
Nov 5
Gravity still matters : I used to think that "monopolistic competition" is an oxymoron. (But more than 46,000 cites at Google Scholar.) I was stuck on "mono" meaning "one"....
Peter Gordon's Blog
Nov 5
Bike Share Is Growing Up : Capital Bikeshare, Washington, D.C....
ASLA.org - The Dirt
Nov 5
NYC: Hit-and-Run Drivers Strike Twice at Dangerous Fourth Avenue Intersection : A driver speeding north on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope this afternoon ran a red light and struck a woman, leaving her seriously injured before speeding away from the scene....
Streetsblog
Nov 5
One Factor Blunting Impact of Green Spending on Election: Inertia : What's missed in debates over the impact of liberal and conservative spending on congressional campaigns....
Dot Earth
Nov 5
NYC: Senior Struck By Unlicensed Driver in UES Crosswalk Has Died : Keiko Ohnishi was hit in a crosswalk by a driver who was charged with unlicensed operation and failure to yield but was not charged under the city’s new Right of Way Law....
Streetsblog
Nov 5
Call for submissions: Pitch your ideas for smarter mobility and urban development : Transforming Transportation 2015 is inviting YOU to become a presenter. Share your big ideas for sustainable mobility and urban development in smart cities....
The City Fix
Nov 5
NYC: Livable Streets Progress in Albany Will Have to Go Through a GOP Senate : Andrew Cuomo may have won re-election, but New York was no exception to the national Republican wave in yesterday’s elections....
Streetsblog
Nov 5
Recap | 5KL: Land Symposium : 5KL: Land symposium in September 2014 At the close of Climate Week NYC in September, a group of scholars, designers, and concerned citizens gathered to reconsider settlement patterns and competing la...
Urban Omnibus
Nov 5
You Are Now Entering An Active Urban Renewal Area : Urban Reviewer on Edgemere | Image via Urban Reviewer In a July Roundup, we pointed you to a new visualization tool for tracking the plans that have shaped our city: Urban Reviewer, a project of open...
Urban Omnibus
Nov 5
Bed-Stuy In Memoriam : Photo by Tiffany Hagler-Geard Neighborhoods of contemporary New York are primarily defined by the choices and actions of the people who call them home....
Urban Omnibus
Nov 5
Guerilla Planning in Baltimore City Creates a Mix of Inclusive and Exclusive Spaces : In 2012, Baltimore City’s population grew for the first time in over six decades only to face a disappointing decline in population in 2013. The residents who remain...
Global Site Plans: The Grid
Nov 5
NYC: SF Voters Reject Measure to Enshrine Free Parking and Stop Livable Streets : Voters slammed Prop L. It’s clear: San Franciscans want to put the automobile era behind us for a more livable city....
Streetsblog
Nov 5
Event: Buying the Ballot Box : Vote here by David Poe used under CC BY-ND 2.0Your ballot is in. Most of the races have been called. The TV screen is political ad-free again....
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Nov 5
When Landscape Eclipsed the Garden : Morel, Jean-Marie. La Théorie des Jardins (Paris 1776). Bibliothèque Nationale de France Joseph Disponzio, ASLA, wants us landscape architects to know where we came from....
ASLA.org - The Dirt
Nov 5
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Republicans Gain Control of U.S....
Streetsblog
Nov 5
Biking is Empowerment : I shared a feel-good article on social media about how the leadership in Memphis – which I deeply admire – has worked through difficulty to make some high return investments in biking infrastructure....
Strong Towns
Nov 5
Voters Reject Taxes : Light rail lost in Pinellas County (St. Petersburg), Florida by 62 to 38 percent. Light rail in Austin is going down by 58 to 42 percent. A transit tax in Polk County, Florida, is also losing....
The Antiplanner
Nov 4
Nuisance Suits Are a Nuisance : In one Texas case, homeowners are suing a new apartment building for nuisance....
Planetizen Interchange
Nov 4
NYC: Kips Bay Condo Owners Don’t Want Bike Lane By Their Door, So They’re Suing : Apparently, having this bike lane in front of their building instead of parked cars is too much for condo residents at The Horizon....
Streetsblog
Nov 4
NYC: Eyes on the Street: Cabbie on the Hudson River Greenway : Photo: Shelly Mossey The Hudson River Greenway is supposed to be a place where New Yorkers can walk and bike without fear of being hit by motorists....
Streetsblog
Nov 4
Three maps help explain São Paulo, Brazil’s water crisis : São Paulo is experiencing a drought so extreme that the city could run out of water, and it is only one of many populous Brazilian cities that face significant risk for drought in future years....
The City Fix
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