When It Comes to Keeping Up Flint’s Parks, It Takes an Army

Flint adopted its updated master plan in 2013 and began holding community meetings seeking input on how residents wanted their city to grow and change, and Quincy Murphy, a local knew they could drive out the negative behavior at parks by making the community feel heard. Read more... Read more

Road Diets Make for Skinnier Streets that are Safer for Pedestrians

A decade ago, when Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville, Florida was widened to six lanes, there wasn’t much reason for anyone to walk across it. But in recent years, that stretch of Riverside has seen a construction boomlet. Now the Downtown Investment Authority is exploring a concept called a road diet that would result in fewer lanes for automobiles, making it easier for people on foot and bicycle to cross the the street. Read more... Read more

Mexico City is Kicking its Parking Addiction. Can U.S. Cities do the Same?

This week, Mexico City took a big step towards making housing more affordable and transit more efficient; they eliminated parking minimums, the city regulations that impel builders to add a required amount of parking spots for every new unit of housing they create. ​By dropping rules that mandate more parking spaces, the largest city in North America will become more affordable and transit-friendly. 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

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

Land Trust Alliance Education Grant

With U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funds, the Alliance will support educational programming for the land trust community and partners. The Land Trust Alliance’s educational objectives are to: strengthen the land conservation community through training opportunities; foster a peer network for engagement and sharing of ideas; celebrate conservation successes and identify strategies for emerging challenges; and rejuvenate a dedicated community of land conservationists. Applications due August 1. Learn more... Read more
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