Sunday, December 3, 2023


EnvironmentHousingParks & RecUrban Planning

To Sprawl, Or Not To Sprawl: LaSalle, Ontario Mulls Development Plan

If we can get past the fanciful belief that all growth is good growth, we can critically examine the likes of really bad municipal planning in our southern neighbor of Canada.

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Affordable housingHousingReal EstateUrban Planning

Will California Get Out Of Its Own Way?

The Bear Republic has been bearish on housing prospects. But a new bill could change that– provided the state and its residents can shake off its affinity for car-dependent suburban sprawl.

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HousingUrban Planning

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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HousingPolicyUrban Planning

Those People: NIMBYism in America’s 17th-Wealthiest County

If you, like me, are a part-time transplant resident of the District of Columbia– and are a policy nerd, no

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HousingMobilityReal EstateUrban Planning

Greenways, The Ultimate High-Density Corridor Development Tool?

Nat compares the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis to the Joe Louis Greenway in Detroit, which broke ground this past week.

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PolicyReal Estate

Study: Detroit CBO Is Not Quite There Yet

An academic paper looks at the Detroit Community Benefits Ordinance, or CBO. Conclusions? It’s had mixed success. We can get beyond this if we stop thinking about public policy in the simplistic terms of “pro” or “anti” development.

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MPSC December Meeting: Neighborhood-Level Equity and Energy

Dr. Tony G. Reames of the University of Michigan, Briana Parker of Elevate Energy, and others presented at an MPSC meeting on some approaches to the question of equity in energy efficiency for low-income communities and communities of color.

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Public HealthSeattleTechUrban Planning

Did Cities Ever Need Tech, Anyway? Seattle vs. the Post-COVID Economy

Long a sleepy seaport town, Seattle was enjoying a fraught, decade-long flirtation with explosive growth– and inequality. Will COVID bust up the party forevermore?

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Urban Planning

YouLam No. 3 – Combat Midwinter Malaise With Good Journalism!

After a long stretch of tepid gloom, winter has hit like the gabbagool. It’s the latest YouLam. Here’s the news:

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