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Neighborhood Alliance Plans to Convert Vacant Lot into Urban Farm, Housing Complex

February 26, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Food and Housing Redevelopment

The Hilltop Alliance, a nonprofit, is working on a project that could drastically advance urban agriculture in the state. The organization wants to turn a vacant 107-acre lot into Hilltop Village Farm, a multi-use development that would include 120 townhomes, a 20-acre urban farm incubator, a youth farm and CSA.[read more]

REVEALED: The Most Segregated Cities in North America

February 26, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

North America and Urban Segregation

The Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto has just released a new study called Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros that reveals the physical sorting and separation of advantaged and disadvantaged groups within cities.[read more]

Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

February 25, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Walkability isn't just about density

A relatively dense neighborhood still needs to facilitate its residents to walk to more than just their neighbors. A mixture of uses that comprise daily destinations need to be within a manageable radius in order to truly reduce net vehicle miles traveled and get people out on the street.[read more]

The Great Intensification Debate: What's Better for Cities?

February 25, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Intensification

Neighborhood investment needs to be a balance between preservation and progress. This doesn’t exclusively mean high-rise intensification. It could mean removing the barriers to laneway housing.[read more]

Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future

February 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking Development

At the Urban Age Conference, head of UN-Habitat Joan Clos stressed the need for a new paradigm for shaping communities around the world. When asked if that meant that government(s) would need to change as well, Dr. Clos replied with a brief and direct “yes,”. Simply having a public space often isn’t enough.[read more]

Is America Changing Its Attitude Towards Adding Flats To Suburban Homes?

February 24, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

More suburban homes are being allowed to expand

"PADs," or private accessory dwellings, is another term for nanny flat or laneway house. Whatever you may want to call it, the concept is the same. It’s about taking a single family house and adding an additional dwelling onto that same lot. And whereas they used to be disallowed, more and more they're being approved.[read more]

JOIN OUR WEBINAR: Can Strong Communities Be Designed by Architects?

February 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Must sustainability must include liveability?

Join us this Wednesday at 5pm-6pm GMT, 12pm-1pm EST, for a free webinar to explore whether and how successful communities can be designed.[read more]

5 Tips to Get Your Clubhouse Right

February 22, 2015 by Canin Associates

Neighborhoods, Centers, and Planning

A clubhouse can be a neighborhood focal point and help attract new residents to the area. However, not all amenity centers are actually created equal. From functionality to the need for aesthetic appeal, here are five tips to make your clubhouse shine.[read more]

How Unlikely Neighborhoods Change

February 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Neighborhoods and Change

The interesting thing about Dovercourt Village — and specifically Geary Avenue — is that they seem like unlikely places for new investment. There’s a rail line and a set of power lines running through it. But if the buzz around Dovercourt Village proves to be true, then it could end up as a yuppy enclave in the city.[read more]

Why Our Towns Need a Better Future than Tesco Can Offer

February 19, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Britain and Town Center Planning

Last month local leaders in the UK who had hopes to regenerate landmark sites in partnership with Tesco had to end years of planning: the retailer pulled out of schemes to develop 49 sites, create at least 8,000 jobs, more than 1,100 new homes, and nearly 2.5m square feet of retail space.[read more]

Children as NIMBYs?

February 18, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Playgrounds and Opposition

Early in January a story was posted about a preschool playground in Washington, DC that was opposed by a condominium association. The opposition was a result of the noise generated by the children. So when exactly did children become NIMBYs, particularly in urban communities?[read more]

What Do Driverless Cars Mean for Suburban Planning?

February 17, 2015 by David Edmondson

Driverless Cars and the Suburbs

Automated, technologically advanced, self-driving cars are coming, and boosters of drivable suburbia are hoping that the adoption of this mode of transportation will be a potent weapon against mass transit and cities. But what they mean for towns and suburbs isn’t quite so clear.[read more]