Sprawlhaven, Florida: Suburbs In The Age Of Climate Change

Fort Myers, Florida, is a flashpoint for the Sunshine State’s battle against climate change. It’s a battle that the state isn’t exactly winning. Part of that is coming from the self-inflicted wounds of eviscerating public sector oversight of real estate development. We’ve got photos of the traffic jams and storm damage to prove it.

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Handbuilt Votes 2022: Urbanism At The Ballot Box

Three counties in Southeast Michigan will vote on transit funding next week. There are also a number of other transit and infrastructure-related votes around the country.

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How To Find Nonpartisan Consensus in Sustainable Urbanism

In an era when political discourse seems so fragmented, polarized, and toxic, is it possible to find consensus on any issue? A recent trip to Southwest Florida featured an interesting conversation on the subject– around transportation infrastructure that can make South Florida’s cities safer and more attractive for the large number of tourists and residents alike.

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Our Top Ten Scariest Things In Urbanism This Halloween

Halloween is a spooky time of year. Know what else is spooky? Well, we have a list of ten things– which we meticulously compiled while wearing our costumes in the war room of Handbuilt Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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The Oakland County GOP Is Courting Literal Nazis To Fight Infrastructure Funding

For reasons that don’t seem to make any sense but were probably completely predictable, a nonprofit advocacy group in the northern suburbs of Detroit has enlisted a prominent Nazi sympathizer to fight against the real scourge of America: modern transportation infrastructure!

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Pattern Zoning: What Is It? Is It Good?

The Michigan Municipal League thinks that a modern take on pattern zoning might actually help encourage better infill and planned development.

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Weekend Project: Working with Weathered, Reclaimed Lumber

Many moons ago, when we renovated the third floor, we ended up removing a bunch of (non-structural) walls and ceiling

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Want To Municipalize Your Utility? I Mean, Really?

DTE Energy is a disaster, as evidenced by its continued embrace of fossil fuels and its apocalypse-level outages. That doesn’t mean that a public option could do better. But there are some options for improving.

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Getting Rid Of Your Car Could Make You Happier

A new research paper assesses the perceived happiness of households that have gotten rid of their car. Turns out that it might actually be good for your brain! There is a catch, though, and it’s not going to work for everyone.

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Ann Arbor Axes Parking Minimums. In Michigan, That’s Huge.

The city of Ann Arbor officially abolished parking minimums yesterday with the passage of an amendment to the city’s development

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