Rachael Otto

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GOP spending bill cuts DC Metro funding in half

Lawmakers who represent House districts in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area are criticizing a Republican spending bill for cutting federal …

Urban Design

Rise of the Fragmented City

Does the number of governments in a given metro area really matter?<p>From the moment I began studying urbanism, I’ve heard urbanists, economists and city officials lament the so-called “fragmentation” of city government. The basic line is that our cities and metro areas are overrun with conflicting, …

Thanks to Expensive Housing, 27 Percent of LA Lives in Poverty

When you factor in the high cost of housing, California has the highest percentage of people living in poverty in the nation and Los Angeles has the highest percentage of people living in poverty in California, according to a new report from the California Housing Partnership Corporation (via the <i>LA</i> …

Housing

Dad's 'Affordable Housing' Lawsuit Over Son's Baseball Demotion Has Long, Heated History

In recent days, we’ve learned, thanks to an Associated Press article, that the Darien (Conn.) Little League is accused in a federal lawsuit of demoting the son of Christopher Stefanoni because of his attempts to build affordable-housing developments in the tony town. However, the story might not be …

Housing

Should Philly Get Rid of One-Way Streets?

John Gilderbloom and William Riggs' paper Love is a Two-Way Street, featured on Curbed National yesterday, suggests that "one of the easiest, cheapest route to improving a city may be <b>re-routing, specifically, eliminating one-way streets</b>." In fact, "their research shows the shift cuts the <b>risk of</b> …

Why America's Racial Wealth Gap Is Really a Homeownership Gap

Minorities are less likely to own a home, and get worse returns on the ones they do own.<p>Owning a home isn't just a fragment of the American Dream, it's the key to it. Homeownership is also the primary way by which Americans accumulate wealth. American asset-building policies are heavily focused on …

Beautiful (And Creepy) Aerial Drawings Of Imaginary Suburbs Will Make You Reconsider Sprawl

Suburban sprawl might not make a neighborhood sustainable–or very pleasant to live in–but it does make for mesmerizing art. For the last decade, artist Ross Racine has been carefully constructing imaginary suburbs, each drawn by hand on a computer.<p>“I’ve been fascinated by maps and aerial views …

The Sure-Fire Way To Undermine Prosperity -- Passing Laws That Erode Property Rights

Why are some American cities thriving, growing in population, investment, and incomes, while others are in decline with shrinking populations, crumbling buildings, and businesses fleeing?<p>For the answers, read <i>Boom Towns: Restoring the American Dream</i> by Stephen Walters, professor of economics at …

Income Inequality

Quality Public Transit Benefits Land Use Outcomes

A new report, "Quantifying Transit’s Impact on GHG Emissions and Energy Use—The Land Use Component," by the Transit Cooperative Research Program, …

Why Low-Rise, High-Density Architecture Is Still Our Best Hope for Better Cities

The world’s population is going through the proverbial roof, set to surpass 9.5 billion by 2050, and with more than half of us now living in cities, the strain on existing urban infrastructure is accelerating at a frightening rate … alright, I know what you’re thinking: Tell us something we don’t …

New studies measure the true cost of sprawl, and it's more than you think

Two new studies demonstrate the true costs of sprawl, and attempt to show that if new development was built at higher densities and with proper …

Could Miami become a buoyant city after all?

It seems as if almost everyone has a plan to save Miami, ranging from Dutch water experts to Danish architects, Harvard grad students, Swiss …

Building a More Competitive Mexico City Through Energy Efficiency | Smart Cities Dive

<i>Buildings are Mexico City's number one source of greenhouse gas emissions and the focus of a new partnership to improve energy efficiency and create</i> …

This Is What You’ll Be Eating In 2020

In the future, fat and bacteria are good, soil is smarter, and healthy convenience is king.<p>Today’s food landscape looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago. Fast casual–not fast food–dominates. Your next meal is just a tap of the iPhone away. McDonald’s is toying with the idea of kale. These …

Do Fungi Feast on Radiation?

Like plants that grow toward the sun, dark fungi, blackened by the skin pigment melanin, gravitate toward radiation in contaminated soil. Scientists …

Adaptive Urbanism on Flipboard

By Alejandro Puentes Amézquita | Chronicles how cities prepare for the future<p>This city in Alaska is warming so fast, algorithms removed the data …

Why Biking to Work is a Barrier for Most Americans

Photo by Matt Paish<p>This story originally appeared on Urbanful on March 24, 2015.<p>People for Bikes, a national cycling advocacy organization, released …

How Modern Transit and Highways Affect Property Values

BEEP! BEEP! Do you hear that everyday? Whether you are hurrying along your daily commute, or whether you live adjacent to a busy highway— the stress …

How do you catch the sun to make electricity at night? This German inventor has an answer.

Wolfram Walter is a man obsessed with things electric.<p>He’s electrified his bicycle. He’s electrified his Porsche. When he introduces his dog, Paula, you almost expect him to tell you that he’s electrified her, too.<p>Not yet, but you never know. The engineer from a small town in southwestern Germany …

Did You Know You Can Only Park in One Spot for 72 Hours? This Guy Didn't

Now lawyer J. David Sackman is suing the city of Los Angeles.<p>"I've been up to the U.S. Supreme Court before, and I'm ready to go again," he said. "We …

Transit on Flipboard

Shocking moment body camera captures cop fatally shooting a of father-of-two<p>Police in Northern California have released body camera video that shows …

What PH can pick up from Seoul's 2004 bus reform

MANILA, Philippines – A city choking from traffic congestion day in, day out. An economy on the rise, making cars affordable and putting more of them …

Bus Stop | Considering the alternatives

Metro is clearly trying to get you to think about frequency.<p>In the early 1980s, as Portland was building its first light rail line from downtown …

Next up for booming Blackstone district: 2 new apartment buildings

Next up at Omaha’s fast-growing Blackstone business district: newly constructed apartments.<p>Demolition this week of an old mansion at 41st and Harney …

Better Streets: Whatchu whatchu whatchu want?

<i>“What a bunch of idiots. Don’t they know this will create a</i> <b>traffic nightmare</b><i>?”</i>Sound familiar? It’s the most commonly voiced complaint any time the …

Urban Design

Path

Cities Face ‘New Normal’ from Climate Disruption: Cascading System Risks

New research reveals the majority of European cities are unprepared to deal with climate change risks that seem to be intensifying by the day. The …

Dear Houston: Bike Lane ≠ Parking Spot

If you're the kind of person who regularly rides a bike in or around downtown, the grand opening of Houston's first protected bike lane last month …

Bike Lanes