3 Ways EVs Could Sideswipe the ‘Rules’ of Urban Living

Gabe Klein, a former Zipcar vice president and expert on urban design and transportation, estimates there are 30 parking spots for every person in Houston. This statistic underscores just how profoundly car ownership has affected city planning. The rise of electric vehicles, not just cars, could encourage cities to put people first when planning neighborhoods and transportation systems. They could prioritize shared modes of transportation and pedestrian traffic, and set aside discussions about building more highways and roads. Read more... Read more

“Smart” Bench Gathers Data to Help Urban Planners meet Public’s Needs

Landscape designers, who design public spaces, now have the help of the smart bench. The bench collects data from individual’s ID associated with the Wi-Fi enabled device, so that if they visit the park again it will know that they are not a new visitor. This allows the designers to know when new or returning visitors are frequenting the park and therefore can appropriately schedule public park events. Read more... Read more

Downtown Missoula’s Parking Puzzle

Free parking at homes, malls, grocery stores, parking garages are causing Americans to become far too dependent on cars, while also wasting space and increasing emissions outputs. Missoula, Montana’s Parking Commission Director Rod Austin, is focused on limiting parking and depending on public transportation. Read more... Read more

Detroit in 2067: Where do we go from here?

​​Trying to predict the state of Detroit 50 years from now is an idealistic pursuit to be sure, but keen observers from different fields of study contend the framework for the Motor City’s future is being installed now. Several futurists and urban planners envision Detroit making better use of open space, embracing its own recipe for mobility and building on a foundation being laid now by private and public entities. Read more... Read more

Why Sacramento Plans to Demolish and Replace an Entire Neighborhood

​Sacramento’s Twin Rivers housing project has long been one of the city’s most isolated neighborhoods; that is about to change. The city’s redevelopment agency and a national developer plan to tear down the entire community and its 218 outdated units and replace it with a denser, mixed-income urban village that will house many more people, not all of them poor. Read more... Read more

Next Land Bank Director Sees Chance to Make Big Changes in Detroit

​Saskia Thompson is poised to return to her hometown of Detriot as the new executive director of the Detroit Land Bank Authority. It is the largest land bank in the U.S., with tens of thousands of vacant lots and houses in its inventory, the exoskeleton of the million-plus people who left. The authority means to restore them to productive use. Read more... Read more

Flint Co-Op Will Put Good Food, Ownership in Hands of Residents

​ Flint created an Economic Recovery Task Force, which in turn formed the Grocery Stores Initiative, a board focused on replacing and maintaining food shopping options in the city. They began by commissioning a market analysis for north Flint, and the researchers concluded that attracting a large chain store could lead to problems, like driving out other smaller grocers or leaving certain residents without access. Read more... Read more
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