Tony DeLisi

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The future of housing policy is being decided in California

A chat with the activist who first dreamed up SB 827, a sweeping new bill that addresses California’s housing crisis.<p>California is in the midst of crippling housing crisis. The state’s population has steadily grown, but it hasn’t been building new places for people to live at anything close to the …

5 rising U.S. cities where homeownership is affordable

Dynamic, growing downtowns you can actually afford<p>“It costs <i>h</i><i>ow</i> much?”<p>Those not living in overpriced coastal cities are familiar with the conversation; a friend from New York or San Francisco visits, comments on a charming home, and then freaks when they realize that it costs a fraction of even the …

Real Estate

America's Digital Infrastructure Is Crumbling, Too

Last weekend I passed through the glittering main terminal of the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. It is highly efficient, utterly beautiful and ultramodern. I cannot think of a single U.S. airport that compares favorably to it in any dimension. China today is building high-speed rail …

Smart Cities

Tech's New Hotbeds: Cities With Fastest Growth In STEM Jobs Are Far From Silicon Valley

The conventional wisdom sees tech concentrating in a handful of places, many dense urban cores that offer the best jobs and draw talented young people. These places are seen as so powerful that, as The New York Times recently put it, they have little need to relate to other, less fashionable cities.<p>…

Silicon Valley

What Amazon’s HQ2 Wish List Signals About the Future of Cities

Amazon’s big announcement that it will build a second headquarters has caught the attention of local officials, economic development professionals, and pundits across the U.S. and Canada. And for good reason: “HQ2,” as it’s being called, would create upwards of 50,000 high-paying jobs and billions …

Why Big Cities Thrive, and Smaller Ones Are Being Left Behind

You don’t want to be hit by a recession in a city like Steubenville, Ohio.<p>Eight years into the economic recovery, there are thousands fewer jobs in the metropolitan area that joins Steubenville with Weirton, W.Va., than there were at the onset of the Great Recession. Hourly wages are lower than …

Density does Dallas

As seeds of progressive urbanism take root in the mammoth sprawl of the Metroplex, how will the city evolve?<p>Dallas is a booming city within a booming region. The epicenter of the Metroplex—a constellation of cities, including Fort Worth, that saw its population grow 35 percent between 2000 and 2014 …

The Small Appalachian City That’s Thriving

Roanoke, Virginia, has become what many cities of its size, geography, and history want to be. It started by bringing housing to a deserted downtown.<p>At the end of October, a blue Amtrak train pulled into downtown Roanoke, Virginia, to the sound of applause. This was a big moment. For the first time …

Urbanism

The 20 most-visited cities in the world

The start of a new year is a great time to plan ahead, which is why we provided you with 50 destinations that should be on your 2018 travel bucket list.<p>But it's also a great time to look back, and that's why we rounded up the most visited places of 2017.<p>In order to do so, we relied on data compiled …

Kuala Lumpur

As Mountain View plans for new housing, could other cities come next?

MOUNTAIN VIEW — An ambitious new redevelopment plan in Mountain View is the stuff housing advocates dream about: turn an outdated office park and …

Decade since recession: Thriving cities leave others behind

As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off.<p>In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded eight-fold over the next seven years to fill 36 buildings. Everywhere you …

Panelists: If Atlanta’s population booms as expected, we might be screwed

At event, city’s lead planner and others emphasize need for better mobility right now.<p>Throughout the years, various scribes on these pages have pointed to Atlanta’s regular weekend traffic jams as evidence that something is really—and perhaps irrevocably—wrong ‘round here.<p>But Sunday afternoon …

The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

BERKELEY, Calif. — The house at 1310 Haskell Street does not look worthy of a bitter neighborhood war. The roof is rotting, the paint is chipping, and while the lot is long and spacious, the backyard has little beyond overgrown weeds and a garage sprouting moss.<p>The owner was known for hoarding junk …

Bill Gates firm buys Arizona land for $80 million to create 'smart city'

A real estate investment firm owned by Bill Gates recently bought a giant plot of land in Arizona for $80 million to be developed into a “smart city.”<p>Arizona-based Belmont Partners, one of Gates’ investment firms, purchased close to 25,000 acres of land in Tonopah, around 50 miles west of Phoenix, …

The three-degree world: cities that will be drowned by global warming

The UN is warning that we are now on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world<p>When UN climate negotiators meet for summit talks this month, there will be a new figure on the table: 3C.<p>Until now, global efforts such as the Paris climate agreement have tried to …

Climate Change

What Happens When Land Is More Expensive Than The Buildings On Top?

Because of policies that prevent density, cities have ended up in a position where the value of land vastly outstrips the value of the buildings on them.<p>It’s often said that cities like San Francisco and New York are expensive because they lack housing. Lots of people want to move there to live and …

To See the Future of Renting, Watch the College Kids

To rent an apartment on LoftSmart, a website for college students looking for off-campus housing, users browse listings, take a virtual tour, and …

San Francisco ranked best city to live without a car

New York City and Boston come in at second and third, respectively<p>Cars are dangerous. They also cost a lot of money in both purchase and upkeep. Which is why, among so many other reasons, San Francisco is an ideal place to call home. Folks can live here for years without having to use or drive a …

Funding Is Key Hangup in Deploying Smart City Projects

An increasing number of cities are ready and willing to embark on smart cities initiatives. That’s the good news. On the flip side, most cannot …

Smart Cities

8 Meditation Apps to Try Now

Now, with all of the stress around current events and how our personal lives will be affected, it’s important to build self-care into the day any way you can, whether it’s taking three deep breaths every few hours or listening to a guided meditation to soothe you into a very important good night’s …

How’s the Mayor Doing? A Color-Coded App Can Answer That

Mayor Bill de Blasio has a reputation for being inattentive to the minutia of governing New York City, favoring broad policy initiatives to nuts-and-bolts metrics. But behind the scenes, his top aides maintain a painstakingly detailed collection of the mayor’s public promises, and his progress in …

How Cities Leaders Can Overcome Disruption

<b>Disruption is 1.0...Collaboration is 2.0...Partnerships are 3.0</b><p>Urban transformation is complex and comes in different phases--with the advent of new technology, there's a continual shift in the development within cities which affects growth and economic wealth creation and which ultimately results …

Miami is the 92nd best city to live in, study says

Miami’s “value” hurt its standing<p>Miami may be the third most fun city, the fourth best graffiti city, and the No. 1 people-watching destination in the land, but the Magic City is apparently not a great place to call home in 2017, according to U.S. News and World Report.<p>In the publication’s annual …

Salt Lake City is the 10th best place to live in the country. Here's why

Prepare to brag to your out-of-state friends about living in Salt Lake City.<p>U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Salt Lake City as the 10th …

To solve the housing crisis we need new ideas, not garden cities | Frances Holliss

New models of living and working make more sense than chasing nostalgic utopian visions of garden cities<p>Ah, the joys of the new garden city, town and village. Roses round the door, children playing carefree on safe, car-less streets, and neighbours chatting over the garden fence. Community – just …

Housing

Cities need to innovate to survive. Here are four ways they can do it

Alice Charles, Community Lead, Infrastructure and Urban Development, World Economic Forum<p>We are living in an ever increasingly urban world, where …