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Our harsh culture : Today's NY Times includes "Dude, Close Your Legs: MTA Fights a Spreading Scourge." Perhaps we should face up to the fact that there are some rough edges in American culture, including how many America...
Peter Gordon's Blog
Dec 20
Thoughts on ULI's bold Astrodome proposal : My own snapshot of the old grey lady on a rainy day as I left the ULI event. --- Longtime readers know I've talked a lot about the Astrodome over the years, with my own thoughts on the indoor park i...
Houston Strategies
Dec 20
Dec 20
PA Supreme Court Upholds Township’s Use of Planned Residential Development Ordinance that Permitted Uses to Float : The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors enacted a Planned Residential Development Ordinance (“PRD Ordinance”) pursuant to state statute. Newtown Square East, L.P....
Law of the Land
Dec 20
Fed. Dist Court in CA Says RLUIPA Does Not Apply to Sale of Church Property for Residential Market Rate Condos but Permits First Amendment Claim to Proceed : The City and County of San Francisco (“the City”) moved to dismiss the First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) of Plaintiff California–Nevada Annual Conference of the Methodist Church (“the Conference”), in w...
Law of the Land
Dec 20
Part One: Should MoMA Tout Tactical Urbanism(s) as a Solution to Uneven Growth? : In part one of a two-part series, I introduce MoMA's latest Issues in Contemporary Architecture exhibit and offer a definition of Tactical Urbanism....
Planetizen Interchange
Dec 19
Design a Wildlife Center in Africa : Rhinoceros / Kruger National Park At nearly 19,000 square kilometers, Kruger National Park, which spans both South Africa and Mozambique, is one of the largest wildlife preserves in Sub Saharan Africa...
ASLA.org - The Dirt
Dec 19
NYC: Eyes on the Street: Super-Sized Ped Space at Deadly Sixth and Houston : Most of the intersection of Houston Street and Sixth Avenue used to be wide-open asphalt. DOT is now putting the finishing touches on expanded pedestrian space at this deadly crossing....
Streetsblog
Dec 19
Congress passes tax extenders legislation : by Rebekah King, National Housing ConferenceOn Dec. 16, the Senate approved a one-year package of tax extenders, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771) that will expire on Dec....
NHC Open House Blog
Dec 19
From Maine to Denmark, Islanders (Including Students) Seek Sustainable Energy Solutions : Students from an environment-minded college on a Maine island learn how an island in Denmark turned from fossil fuels to renewable energy...
Dot Earth
Dec 19
NYC: Justice for Allie Liao : The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles faces a critical test on January 6 at 9 a.m.:  Can the agency provide meaningful oversight and consequences for reckless drivers? That morning, Ahmad Ab...
Streetsblog
Dec 19
NYC: DA Robert Johnson: No Charges for Driver Who Killed Child on Bronx Sidewalk : Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson filed no charges against the driver who hit 10 people, including at least three children, on a sidewalk outside a Kingsbridge Heights school, killing 8-year-old...
Streetsblog
Dec 19
Best of Blog: Stroad Nation : This is my last post of 2014, and it's right that we should end with Ferguson, a story that I think defined this year as well as America at a very difficult time....
Strong Towns
Dec 19
Friday Fun: Write about your ideal city to win a trip to Masdar City : This rendering from Masdar City shows one version of an ideal city of the future. What does your city look like? Photo by Forgemind Archimedia/Flickr. What will your ideal city look like in 2030?...
The City Fix
Dec 19
The Bike Hub at Denver Union Station – Coming Fall 2015 : by Peter Bird As Denver continues to expand its bicycle infrastructure (protected lanes, bike parking, and bicycle-specific signage, to name a few), the city recognized the a...
DenverUrbanism
Dec 19
Weekend Reading 12/19/14 : Ted Have you wondered why the cast, promos, and maybe even the audiences for the new hit movie “Wild” (based on the 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed) include so few non-white faces?...
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Dec 19
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Driver Kills Denise Lippin, 56, at Bruckner Boulevard and E 138th Street (DNA) Fed Up With Dangerous Walks to School, Parents to Bombard 311 With Street Safety Requests (DNA) De Blasio Changes Course,...
Streetsblog
Dec 19
Clarity on Antarctic sea ice. : I’ve always been a skeptic when it comes to Antarctic sea ice....
RealClimate
Dec 19
More Expensive Than It Should Be : The Economist reports that housing in China is “cheaper than you think.” The magazine-that-calls-itself-a-newspaper’s measure of affordability is the average price of a 100-square-meter (1,076-square-...
The Antiplanner
Dec 18
NYC: TLC Still Has No Plan to Require NYC Road Tests for Taxi and Livery Drivers : The Taxi and Limousine Commission will close a loophole that allows livery drivers to operate with less training than yellow cab drivers, but the agency still has no plans to require road tests on act...
Streetsblog
Dec 18
Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act Is a Big, Awesome Deal : In Washington and across the Northwest, we are already seeing devastating impacts of climate change....
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Dec 18
Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa leads Bogotá’s inclusive urban transformation : With a focus on sustainable urbanism and social justice, Enrique Peñalosa used a wide variety of people-oriented policies that helped transform Bogotá....
The City Fix
Dec 18
A Chat on New York’s Shale Gas Ban with Anti-Fracking Superhero Mark Ruffalo : A chat with anti-fracking campaigner and movie star Mark Ruffalo on on Gov. Cuomo's shale gas ban....
Dot Earth
Dec 18
Best of Blog: A Normal Life : Today's podcast and the post two weeks ago of the same name -- Just another pedestrian killed -- are part of a conversation that needs to happen in the United States....
Strong Towns
Dec 18
NYC: The Simple Change to Truck Design That Can Save Lives : Truck side guards can help reduce pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. Boston requires them on city-contracted vehicles. New York might follow Boston’s lead....
Streetsblog
Dec 18
NYC: Vance Deal: $400 Fine for Unlicensed Driver Who Killed Senior in Crosswalk : An unlicensed driver who fatally struck a senior as she crossed the street with the right of way will pay a $400 fine, pursuant to a plea arrangement with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. NYPD an...
Streetsblog
Dec 18
NYC: Today’s Headlines : DOT Proposes New Crosswalks, Expanded Ped Islands at Atlantic, Washington and Underhill (DNA) UES Isn’t the Only Neighborhood Protesting Against Shouldering Its Share of Trash Burden (Bklyn Paper) MTA...
Streetsblog
Dec 18
What Do Oil Train Explosions Cost? : Given the nasty tendency for oil trains to explode when they derail, it’s probably worth asking what a catastrophic accident might cost....
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Dec 18
Fed. Dist. Court in CT Finds Regulation was not Unconstitutionally Vague as Applied to Property Owner’s Variance Application : Plaintiff Arrigoni Enterprises, LLC sought a variance from defendants the Town of Durham, Connecticut, the Durham Planing & Zoning Commission, and the Durham Zoning Board of Appeals to excavate, crush...
Law of the Land
Dec 18
AL Supreme Court Upholds City’s Decision Not to Rezone Property : The Shelby Land Partners, LLC and Alabaster Land Company, LLC, each owned a 50% undivided interest in a 19.4–acre parcel of undeveloped real property located within the municipal limits of the City of...
Law of the Land
Dec 18
Fed. Dist. Court in NY Permits Retaliation Claim to Continue Following Posting of YouTube Video Criticizing Proposed Housing Project : In protracted litigation, Plaintiffs John and Jennifer LaVertu alleged that defendant Town of Huntington retaliated against them by ticketing them for violating the Town’s building code after plaintif...
Law of the Land
Dec 18
NY to Ban Hydrofracking : Citing potential health risks, the commissioners of the Department of Environmental Conservation and Health convince the Governor to ban fracking in New York....
Law of the Land
Dec 18
Podcast Show 199: Just another pedestrian killed : Chuck Marohn and Andrew Burleson sit down to discuss a tragedy in Springfield, Mass, where a mom and two girls were hit by a drunk driver on an urban stroad....
Strong Towns
Dec 18
Buying a Self-Driving Car : BMW has announced that it will demonstrate a valet-parking car at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. This is more that a car that can parallel park by itself....
The Antiplanner
Dec 17
With Unresolved Health Risks and Few Signs of an Economic Boon, Cuomo to Ban Gas Fracking : A look at the mix of economic, political and environmental factors that prompted Gov. Cuomo to bar fracking....
Dot Earth
Dec 17
2014 Highlights (Made Possible by Readers Like You) : Like most years in the ever-changing metropolis of New York, 2014 has been marked by significant flux....
Urban Omnibus
Dec 17
A More Resilient Neighborhood, Just Beyond the Grid : While independent communications infrastructure, renewable energy, and resilient heating and power systems may all be major priorities in contemporary urban development, the three aren’t typically inc...
Urban Omnibus
Dec 17
Example Models from CSS600 : Even after several years of teaching it is always amazing how quickly a semester passes....
GIS and Agent-Based Modelling
Dec 17
189 cities and counting: Track the growth of bus rapid transit on the redesigned BRTdata.org! : The redesigned BRTdata.org platform shows the global rise in bus rapid transit and bus priority corridors, and allows users to compare bus systems across a wide range of metrics....
The City Fix
Dec 17
Housing Beyond the Market: Transatlantic Precedents : We are pleased to introduce Susanne Schindler as one of our new Urban Omnibus columnists....
Urban Omnibus
Dec 17
Best of Andrew Price : My best-of-blog series every year has always been more properly called a best-of-Chuck's-blog series as it has only featured my work....
Strong Towns
Dec 17
Dec 17
Future Landscapes: 3D Laser Projections : What would have seemed like science fiction just a few years ago is now reality. Researchers at Burton Inc. in Japan have figured out how to create a 3D projection of text and images into the air....
ASLA.org - The Dirt
Dec 17
NYC: Eyes on the Street: Dodging Drivers on the Sidewalk : Video still: Rob Underwood Heads up, New Yorkers....
Streetsblog
Dec 17
5 Tips for Portland and Vancouver on Uber : Uber 4U by Adam Fagen used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Portland and Vancouver BC officials, welcome to Seattle’s pain....
Sightline - The Daily Score blog
Dec 17
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Jersey City on Track to Approve Contract for 350-Bike Citi Bike Expansion Next Month (WSJ) Kallos, Dromm to Introduce Bill That Caps Community Board Tenure at 12 Years (Gotham Gazette) City & State Ta...
Streetsblog
Dec 17
Best of Blog: Staying Strong : The old courthouse terminating the view on 4th Street. Over the past two years I've been quietly offered a number of job opportunities....
Strong Towns
Dec 17
How a Porcupine and YouTube Helped Save the Bronx Zoo’s Budget : How a century-old conservation group chose YouTube and a porcupine to fight budget cuts in the depth of the recession....
Dot Earth
Dec 17
Time to Go on a Diet? : Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx wants you to go on a diet–a road diet....
The Antiplanner
Dec 16
Fasten seatbelts : Is it possible to have low interest rates and low down-payment requirements on home purchases without there also being risky lending? Events leading up to 2008 suggest that the answer is "no"....
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