Urban Design

North American Properties head honcho: Atlanta’s future depends on MARTA

Leader of suburban development Avalon, urban revitalization of Colony Square, calls I-85 bridge collapse defining moment<p>Mark Toro, the managing partner and chairman of prominent Atlanta developer North American Properties, has joined the growing chorus of business and civic leaders calling for …

Atlanta

Doing Something Real About Gentrification and Displacement

by Dan SavageThe only thing worse than listening to suburbanites bitch about being stuck in traffic? Listening to local politicians pretend they can …

Cities

Kalorama Gets Resident-Only Parking Due To 'Special Circumstances'

Kalomora residents might not love being neighbors to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, but the addition of the new residents, along with the Obamas, …

Washington D.C.

DC traffic to get worse, leaders question whether real solutions possible

WASHINGTON — Commutes across the D.C. region are projected to include significantly more time sitting in traffic in coming years, and a number of …

Urbanism

City Hall In Your Borough: Mayor de Blasio Kicks Off Week in Bronx With Tour of Hunts Point Terminal

<b>City investing $150 million to expand capacity, improve resiliency and create new jobs at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center</b><p><b>BRONX, NY</b>—Mayor …

Urbanism

Interview: Olivia Sudjic, Author of 'Sympathy'

Alice Hare, the main character in Olivia Sudjic's novel <i>Sympathy</i>, is at a crossroads of sorts. Not one perhaps that involves the typical trepidations …

Jane Jacobs

State government backs down after Upper Kedron density ruling error

A political blame game over the appropriate housing densities for a Brisbane development has ended with the state government retracting their …

Brisbane

Seattle Climbs but Austin Sprawls: The Myth of the Return to Cities

Be skeptical when you hear about the return to glory of the American city — that idealized vision of rising skyscrapers and bustling, dense downtowns. Contrary to perception, the nation is continuing to become more suburban, and at an accelerating pace. The prevailing pattern is growing out, not …

Cities

As supply outweighs demand, Calgary Parking Authority looking to get creative

Print<p>Calgary’s parking authority shored up a more than $4 million revenue gap last year as vacant spots in parkades and surface lots, once a rarity …

Canadian News

Times Square mayhem renews call for banning vehicles

NEW YORK - The mayhem and death left in the trail of a car that sped along crowded sidewalks in New York's Times Square has revived calls for banning vehicles from the Manhattan crossroads, one of the world's busiest tourist destinations.<p>The incident on Thursday, which killed one person, injured 20 …

Times Square

Opinion: The real lesson from the I-85 crisis

The opening of I-85 four weeks early is certainly a momentous event that should make us all proud. The fact remains, however, that we have a very …

Urbanism

Deadly Times Square attack highlights NYC pedestrian safety

NEW YORK (AP) — Fears of a terrorist attack prompted officials to ring many of the pedestrian plazas of Times Square with squat steel posts capable of stopping a speeding vehicle.<p>But those barriers only cover so much ground. There were none of them Thursday at the corner where a man steered his car …

Times Square

Construction boom sweeps away worries about Rochester's DMC project

At least 14 projects are in the works or completed.

Urbanism

Weekend traffic hotspots include Bourbon Street, New Orleans East

Several road projects are underway in the New Orleans area, as residents and visitors alike prepare for the Bayou Boogaloo weekend. If you're driving …

New Orleans

Detroit’s New Streetcar Is Cool and All, But It Can’t Save a City

Something crazy is happening in Detroit, something not seen since 1956: Streetcars are running downtown. The QLine takes riders on a 25-minute jaunt …

Urbanism

Mapping America's Bike Commuters

In honor of Bike to Work Day, we dug into where the largest share of these intrepid workers get to their jobs on two wheels.<p>This Friday is Bike to Work Day—a chance for people to hang up their car keys, get off the bus, and give cycling a try. To kick off our Bike Week line-up here at CityLab, I …

Cycling

Chicago Plan Commission OK’s transformative North Branch initiative

The move clears a path to opening the industrial land to new offices, residences, and green space<p>The Chicago Plan Commission voted yesterday on a sweeping measure to revisit the primarily industrial zoning of a 3.7-mile stretch of the Chicago River’s North Branch between Kinzie Street and Fullerton …

Urbanism

First phase of Coral Gables streetscape work celebrated

City leaders, merchants and residents gathered Friday for a champagne toast on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables as the first phase of the streetscape …

Urbanism

A garden bridge that works: how Seoul succeeded where London failed

Seoul’s ambitious Skygarden revives a disused elevated 1970s highway with 24,000 plants – and is open to all, 24 hours a day<p>Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The ambitious mayor of a big city backs a project to put a garden on a bridge. A celebrated designer is appointed and seductive images …

Architecture

Dream of that single-family home in the suburbs fading fast as highrises move in

Print<p>Hamilton builder Jeff Paikin has been in the real estate industry for almost three decades, but his days of building single-family homes may be …

Real Estate

New Renderings Released for The Queensway, a Linear Park out of an Abandoned Rail Line

In another step forward for the Queensway, new renderings for the first phase of the linear park project by DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape …

Urbanism

Cities: Skylines' Mass Transit Expansion Adds Blimps, Ferries And Transport Hubs

City-builder Cities. Skylines has accumulated a healthy number of expansions since its release in 2015 and developer Colossal Order has just added …

Cities

How an Overlooked Urban Design Feature Helped Stop the Times Square Driver

A few days ago, I sat at a café table in the middle of Times Square. Protected from traffic by a row of shiny, hip-high stanchions, I observed the …

Urbanism

Eight Streetcars Planned In U.S. Cities That Could Break Ground By 2020

Streetcars are experiencing a renaissance in American cities. After Portland and Seattle led the way in the early 2000s, eight more cities have …

Urbanism

Let’s take a moment to admire Chicago’s incredible grid system

Chicago’s expansive grid system is mesmerizing from above<p>Chicago is known for being the birthplace of the skyscraper and home to some of the world’s tallest towers, but the city’s street grid system and master plan is equally as innovative and impressive as the tall steel structures that helped …

Airports

Lee Circle traffic restrictions in effect Friday for Confederate monument removal

Lee Circle and streets within a block of the Confederate monument were closed to traffic Friday morning in advance of the removal of the Robert E. …

New Orleans

Emanuel's vision for North Branch redevelopment clears hurdle

City Hall took a big step Thursday toward transforming part of a longtime industrial corridor along the Chicago River into a new neighborhood with thousands of residents.<p>As expected, the city Plan Commission approved the "North Branch Framework," Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid to make it easier for …

Chicago

It's time to put an end to traffic terrorism

It really is bad enough that people in cars already get most of the space on our roads for moving and storage, but they often don’t even have the …

Sustainability

City Council votes to dedicate $27M to Vision Zero, its plan to end traffic deaths

Vision Zero was almost zeroed out in this year’s budget<p>The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to dedicate $27 million in the next fiscal year to Vision Zero, a plan to eliminate the city’s rising traffic deaths. The plan will also point LA towards a future of fewer cars.<p>“Today’s vote shows …

Urbanism

Plan to fix 'horrible' King Street gets mixed reviews from community

Community members have a chance to share input on the current plan until June 10<p>Carlo Trevisan's whole life revolves around King Street.<p>For nearly a …

Urbanism