Land Use

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The Next Century of Sustainable Communities Will Be Organized Around Transportation

The era of transit-oriented development and "networked livable communities" has arrived.

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Dublin's Quest to Banish Vacant Lots

The Irish capital is pockmarked with empty parcels. With tough new property laws planned for this year, that could change.

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Google's New Chicago Home Isn't More Transit-Friendly, But It Is More Highway-Friendly

Yet it's being hailed as a victory for transit-oriented development.

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Are Some Places Just Too Fire-Prone for Us to Live?

With flooding, we have rules about where to build and how to prevent calamity. Why not with fire?

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Prepare to Waste Your Day With This Fascinating City Comparison Tool

Metros across the world don't speak the same language. But maps can.

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In D.C., Medical Marijuana Is All About Location, Location, Location

How a single neighborhood is shaping up to become the city's pot growing district.

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Quantifying the Cost of Sprawl

In infrastructure, service delivery and tax receipts.

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Should We Be Zoning With Crime in Mind?

If residential areas are safer than commercial ones, it would seem so.

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A Continental Network to Monitor How We're Trashing the Environment

New nationwide observatory will track how climate change and land use affect ecosystems.

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What Really Matters for Increasing Transit Ridership

Broward County, Florida, has one of the top transit systems for a metro of its size thanks to a multi-destination approach.

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The Secret to Tokyo's Rail Success

Fares are nice, but real estate and retail holdings are the main reasons why its private rail companies profit.

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Land Transfer of the Day: 4.1 Million Acres

Turkey will open formerly protected land (much of it already illegally developed) to builders.

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Regional Planning Done Right

How two communities came together to design more sustainable neighborhoods.

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Have Guitar, Will Sing Songs About Urban Planning

Melanie Hammet wants to turn obscure zoning ordinances into the universal language of song.

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Is Urbanism Slowing the Rise of Car Travel?

If Americans have really reached "peak driving," recent changes in land use may be a reason why.

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A Fight for the Future of San Diego

Officials think they crafted a balanced regional transportation plan; two environmental groups, and the state Attorney General, don't

Landscape Absurdism: Las Vegas

The Nevada city's craziest urban designs, as seen from space

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Maryland's Governor Explains his War on Sprawl

On the eve of releasing a new smart growth plan, Gov. Martin O'Malley discusses density, smart growth, and a city-centric future

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9 Cool Projects Under Freeway Overpasses

Innovative ways to reuse the empty space beneath overpasses