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The Geography of the Anti-Agenda 21 Movement

A look at the legislation that's undermining sustainable planning across the U.S.

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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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How a Law to Save the Sacramento Kings Will Make All California Cities More Livable

An antiquated car-centric planning metric called "level of service" must be reformed by 2014.

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One City's Long, Ongoing Struggle to Launch a Transit System

Arlington, Texas, recently got its first bus line — but it's hardly a comprehensive approach to public transportation.

Daniel Campo

'The Accidental Playground': Why What We Need in Our Parks Is More Freedom

It was paved in broken concrete, overgrown with weeds, and strewn with broken glass. In other words, it was the perfect urban recreation space.

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Why Mega-Projects Always End Up Costing More Than Expected

And how the part-political, part-psychological problem can be avoided.

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3 Charts That Explain Why You Spend So Much on Transportation

The affordability problem starts with planning that favors the automobile, argues a new report.

Steve Jurvetson

Prediction of the Day: Cities Will Soon Compete to Build Driverless Car Infrastructure

You heard it here first.

The Hunt for Unbuilt Los Angeles

An upcoming exhibit reveals the L.A. that might have been.

The Portrait of the Artist as Urban Planner

When he's not doing his day job, planner Neil Freeman likes to render the city in abstract and unique ways.

A 70-Year-Old Documentary About Cities Shows We Haven't Come Very Far

The walkable, bikable suburb of the "future" looks an awful lot like the smart growth ideas of today.

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5 Reasons Germans Ride 5 Times More Mass Transit Than Americans

Restrictions on driving is the biggest factor, experts argue in a new study.

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Sustainable Transportation Simply May Require a Top-Down Approach

Mandated planning improves metro area transit patterns, but maybe not enough.

Courtesy of Geoff Oliver Bugbee

In Louisville, Urban Planning Goes 3D

The city's new Vision Louisville initiative hopes to inspire proposals from the public.

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Building Urban Resilience Doesn't Require Much Building At All

Bouncing back from disasters relies more on pre-planning than concrete and steel.

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Is Toronto's Mayor a Barrier to Good Planning?

As the city finally hires a new chief planner, concerns about politics persist.

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George Lucas's Lesson to NIMBYs: Careful What You Wish For

The filmmaker lost a long-running zoning battle with his California neighbors. Now they may get something they want even less than a movie studio in their back yard: low-income housing.

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Study of the Day: Planners Miscalculate Benefits of New Roads

Researchers in Denmark found that municipalities underestimate the economic and environmental impact of new roads.

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A 3D Play for Citizen Planning

Gothenburg, Sweden, makes its public planning process interactive with an online map.