Urbanism

Why Is Car Parking So Ubiquitous in the US? This Video Explains Everything

The next time you're cursing the price of a city parking meter, think instead about the high cost of free, off-street parking in terms of the urban …

Urban Design

From Blackout to Priced out in New York City

It was almost as though the Williamsburg I remembered had been bombed out and replaced from scratch.<p>Bemoaning the disappearance of the New York is a time-honored tradition: no one has ever arrived here early enough to experience the city at its greatest, and everyone who comes after you has arrived …

Jane Jacobs

Urban design: we give you 13 ideas for what you can do with the roof of your home

When you want to make the most of every space in your home, it's fundamental to see and use all the possibilities to their full extent. If your roof …

Urban Design

Parking on the pavement - what is the current law?

It is becoming a bigger and bigger issue - but what do the current rules allow?

Urban Design

Atlanta's 11 Biggest Renovations in Recent Memory

Over the last few years, projects have transformed dated and dilapidated buildings across the city — for a change<p>Renovations come in all shapes and sizes. And with Atlanta experiencing a development boom, a slew of projects is reinventing buildings and sites across the city, taking old spaces and …

Urban Design

Why cleaning up toxic sites isn’t always good for the community

San Francisco has embarked on a project to transform its industrial southeast waterfront into a bike-friendly destination called the Blue Greenway. When completed, the Blue Greenway will be a 13-mile network of parks, bike lanes, and trails along the southeastern edge of the city.<p>Among its many …

Urban Design

Could a cantilevered transportation hub better connect Roosevelt Island to the rest of NYC?

A French architect has envisioned a new transit hub for the island<p>Come August this year, the city will launch the ferry route connecting Astoria to Wall Street with stops in Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, and East 34th Street along the way. That’s the latest transportation option being added …

Urban Design

Q&A: Retail pro discusses Atlanta development, storefront vacancies, urban growth

VP spokesperson for International Council of Shopping Centers talks big-picture ideas about Atlanta retail and millennial impact<p>Retail development is big business in Atlanta, with new towers, mixed-use projects, and even standalone commercial centers featuring new storefronts.<p>But this onslaught of …

Urban Design

Lincoln Avenue shut down over weekend while Lone Tree gets leaf sculpture

City of Lone TreeA map of the recommended Lincoln Avenue detour in Lone Tree this weekend.Come Monday, Lone Tree will be home to an eye-catching …

Denver

Mexico City is kicking its parking addiction; Can U.S. cities do the same?

By dropping rules that mandate more parking spaces, the largest city in North America will become more affordable and transit-friendly<p>This week, Mexico City took a big step towards making housing more affordable and transit more efficient. Did it pass a new budget that funded new apartments, or …

Urban Design

A changed perspective: San Antonio's more than downtown

<i>This story was contributed by Ben Olivo on behalf of FoloMedia.org, where it was originally published. Folo Media reports on the challenges and</i> …

Jane Jacobs

Who has the right to thrive in Toronto? Micallef

What kind of a city tells young people to leave?<p>Toronto, apparently.<p>Radio host Matt Gurney received a considerable amount of scorn after he wrote a …

Jane Jacobs

How parking lots are ruining Los Angeles

LA’s parking crisis is fueling its housing crisis<p>An estimated 14 percent of Los Angeles County’s land is devoted to parking, a number that feels both astoundingly inflated and painfully accurate. Parking—or, rather, the archaic city rules around parking requirements called parking minimums—is …

Urban Design

No Small Plans, a graphic novel illustrating urban planning of the past, the present and the future Chicago

<i></i>No Small Plans is a graphic novel that follows the neighborhood adventures of teens in Chicago's past, present and future as they wrestle with …

Urban Planning

5 Boston neighborhoods picked for 'slow streets' program

Five Boston neighborhoods have been selected to participate in the city’s Slow Streets program, an effort that will help Boston eliminate fatal and …

Urban Design

Tomorrowland: the role of technology in city planning

An artist’s impression of Meixi Lake in Changsha, China, due to be completed in 2020<p>Masdar City in Abu Dhabi features a transit system of driverless …

Urban Design

'For Her' Parking Spaces at Russian Airport Draw Sexism Charges

The airport advertized the spaces as beautiful, convenient and cheap.

Urban Design

City considering longer parking hours on some residential streets

Proposed changes would allow cars to park for six hours on weekends, holidays<p>The City of Ottawa is considering adjusting a bylaw to double the …

Urban Design

Plans drawn up for underground train system in Bristol

A leaked transport report includes plans for an underground rail system in Bristol.<p>If approved, the network would connect the city centre to Bristol …

Urban Design

Council weighs special taxing district in Laurel

Howard County Council members worked at their session on Thursday to better understand how the creation of a special taxing district in Laurel could …

Urban Design

Future of a Brisbane bridge in question as users battle for space

The future of one of Brisbane's main river crossings is unclear as buses, cyclists, pedestrians, green cabs and the planned Brisbane Metro compete …

Urban Design

City of Portland set to lower bike commute mode share target

How the pie is sliced now and our goals for 2035. A slide from PBOT’s presentation to the Planning Commission in June.<p>For the past eight years one of …

Urban Design

Angled parking experiment aims to solve Exchange District parking woes

East end of Bannatyne Avenue becoming 1-way to accommodate more spots<p>The city is taking a new angle on parking, in hopes of solving the Exchange …

Urban Design

Delta decries 'rotting' Massey tunnel, says new bridge safest option

Delta’s mayor and top bureaucrat say that replacing the George Massey Tunnel should be a priority for the new provincial government because it’s old, …

Urban Design

City will replace $550 homemade steps built by resident in Tom Riley Park

Mayor Tory says the city will build new steps down a heavily-used embankment at an Etobicoke park after a resident got frustrated with staff’s …

Urban Design

Calgary considers federal cash for Airport Trail expansion

Plan calls for new interchanges, extending key road eastward<p>City council will be asked on Monday to seek federal funds to complete Airport Trail.<p>The …

Urban Design

New Milwaukee Avenue transit-oriented development opens in August

Rents at The Western start at $1,900 per month for a one-bedroom unit<p>The latest major transit-oriented development for the northwest side is gearing up for its big debut next month. Dubbed The Western, the new seven-level apartment block from Chicago-based developer Vequity delivers another 44 new …

Urban Design

This California Ghost City Is A Monument To Bad Planning

One of California’s largest cities is also its emptiest.<p>California City, California, isn’t exactly a ghost town, but it comes pretty damn close. At just over 200 square miles–nearly as big as Chicago–it’s the third largest city in the Golden State by land size. Its population? A meager 14,000. But …

Urban Design

See Just How Much Of A City’s Land Is Used For Parking Spaces

In Los Angeles, for example, car parking takes up 17,020,594 square meters of land.<p>Two of the massive parking lots next to Dodger Stadium in L.A.–together roughly the size of Grand Central Station, or twice as big as the Pentagon–have room for thousands of cars. On non-game days, they’re largely …

Urban Design

What's Inside a Neighborhood in a Box?

On the outskirts of New York City, a new housing model aimed at Millennials asks: What <i>is</i> city living?<p>The peaked wooden eave jutting from the facade of the charcoal glass tower is trying to tell you something. So is the neon sign over the entranceway that says “home sweet home.” But it takes a beat …

Urban Design