September 2011 issue
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Walk Score leads to better-planned transit networks
As Walk Score’s calculations gain sophistication, planners in Phoenix are using the system to determine where to put light-rail stations.
How to redo commercial strips, one piece at a time
The “Incremental Sprawl Repair” project identifies methods for remaking road corridors when financing and transit are limited.
Death on the highway
The heartbreaking case of Raquel Nelson
Many infill projects use versatile Katrina Cottages
Katrina Cottages, which were designed as alternatives to FEMA emergency trailers after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, are getting a second life in projects across the US. How, where, and why they are being used.
With “Our Town,” NEA funds livability
The National Endowment for the Arts grants are intended “to strengthen the arts while shaping the social, physical, and economic characters of their neighborhoods, towns, cities, and regions.”
Uncertain future for Golden State redevelopment
Financing for smart growth and transit-oriented development faces possible cutbacks as redevelopment agencies are caught in California budget battle.
Project shows how to get a transit village built
Small families, rental apartments, and a right-sized central square are keys to development at Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County, California.
Tracking the shrinking Walmart
“Walmart Express” units of just 15,000 square feet are on the way — responding to Americans’ growing reluctance to drive long distances.
Goodbye, suburban parking lots. Hello, garages.
Supermarkets are increasingly coming equipped with parking garages. Could “automated parking” be in the future?
Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder
An autobiography of influential urban designer and architect Ken Greenberg
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed Complete Streets legislation in August.
CityView, based in Los Angeles and founded by former HUD secretary Henry Cisneros, is a capital fund that invests in urban real estate, with $2 billion in urban investments in 45 communities in 13 states as of August 2011.
A $1 billion development, Great Pond Village in Connecticut, is the latest example of suruban employment centers trying to evolve into lively, pedestrian-oriented places where people will live and not just work.
The Congress for the New Urbanism and its allies call for the easing of federal restrictions against mixed-use development.