Development

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Why We Shouldn't Rely on Smart Growth Incentives to Fix Sprawl

When it comes to development, local desires often render state smart growth incentives insufficient.

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Violence, Tear Gas Greet Protests to Save One of the Last Public Parks in Istanbul

The battle over Gezi Park has become a symbol of opposition to the city's massive urban upheaval.

Mark Byrnes

We Paved Cicada Paradise

How construction and development makes life difficult for cicada broods.

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Eerie Truths and Hard Lessons From a 1970s 'Ecotopia'

Revisiting Ernest Callenbach's controversial portrait of a more sustainable America.

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The Case for Caution When It Comes to Building Streetcars

There are several reasons to be excited about streetcars — and several others to be skeptical.

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After Decades of Sprawl, Density Comes to Denver

The city's push for transit-oriented development has paid off, according to a new report.

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Shanghai's Spectacular Growth, in One Photo

You don't need satellite imagery to see how much the city has changed.

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Rio's Mad Scramble: Will the City Be Ready for the World Cup?

Weather, worker strikes, and structural problems have set back the renovation of the historic Maracanã Stadium as FIFA's deadline looms.

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New York's 'Affordable Housing' Isn't Always Affordable

A new report finds that two-thirds of newly developed units are too expensive for local residents.

The Man Who Tried to Change the Soul of Paris

Michel Holley built a mini-city of hulking towers on the Left Bank. He thought he was creating a utopia, but most of the city disagreed.

Julie Ruvolo

Scenes From Carnaval, the 'Largest Street Fair on the Planet'

The debauchery you're missing stuck at your desk.

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Indianapolis's Non-Profits Move In Together

Indianapolis couldn't afford to tear down the old city market. So a bunch of non-profits turned it into a work space and farmers' market.

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In Defense of 'Mansionization'

Let's stop fighting developers who are trying to make your neighborhoods more desirable.

Chuck Wolfe

Picturing 10 Urban Qualities Every City Should Have

Wood-framed storefronts, natural-seeming water features, commercial porches and more.

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Bethlehem Steel's Redevelopment: Winners and Losers in Public-Private Partnerships

Sands Casino revitalized a major parcel of unused land, bringing a hotel and award-winning arts center along with it. But partnering with a casino can come at a cost.

Mark Byrnes

Richmond's Fledgling Street Art Scene

Artists redecorated a dead space between two vibrant sections of Richmond. But connectivity issues still keep visitors away.

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With the Louvre-Lens, a Curtain Call for the Bilbao Effect

The world's most famous museum has opened a relatively modest satellite campus in a former industrial town.

Kaid Benfield

A New Policy That Incentivizes Walkable Neighborhoods

Massachusetts pushes diverse, dense zoning.

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How to Balance People and Nature on the Galapagos

There are some significant but realistic planning ideas making the rounds, with acute sensitivity to the islands’ special culture.