Posts tagged with 'zoning'
Reshaping Public Policy Can Solve the Housing Affordability Crisis in U.S. Cities
Reshaping Public Policy Can Solve the Housing Affordability Crisis in U.S. Cities
We’re living in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. Demand for apartments and condos continues to outpace supply in most urban cores. Upward pressure on asking rents is displacing low-income renters to nearby communities and middle-income renters are starting ...
TheCityFix’s Year in Review: 5 Stories Readers Loved This Year
TheCityFix’s Year in Review: 5 Stories Readers Loved This Year
A lot happened this year. Despite the diverse range of stories we covered, a few trends emerge that catch our eye. This year on TheCityFix, cities safer by design, bicycles, and compact urban development were some of our top themes ...
3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density
3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density
Where would you feel safer walking alone at 3 A.M: a busy, heavily trafficked street, or a loosely populated section of a sprawling city? Most people would likely choose the former. Indeed, higher population densities can make city streets feel ...
Streetcars are one of multiple public transport options for cities to consider when investing in sustainable urban mobility. Photo by Sean Davis/Flickr.
Are streetcars worth the investment?
The Economist recently argued that streetcars are “a waste of money,” citing their high capital costs and inefficiencies as a means of transport. Others have argued that streetcars can be a catalyst for creating dynamic, vibrant urban environments. Both arguments ...
Cities have a lot to learn from one another. New "Wikipedia for urban planners" GreaterPlaces helps them do just that. Photo by Shreyans Bhansali/Flickr.
GreaterPlaces: The emerging Wikipedia for urban planners
Washington, DC recently hosted a Techcrunch meet-up, a Silicon-valley style pitch-off battle for emerging application developers. Amidst contestants like Broomie, which allows people to remind roommates and errant husbands to pick up groceries, and SpeakerBlast, which lets users turn their ...
Montgomery County’s Mixed-Use Zoning Proposal Gets Mixed Reception
Montgomery County’s Mixed-Use Zoning Proposal Gets Mixed Reception
Earlier this week, the Montgomery County Council endorsed revisions to its zoning code that would include a proposed mixed-use zone. The Council is expected to approve the changes next week. In an effort to update the zoning system to create ...
Gentrification's Forgotten Block, Part 3: Conclusion
Gentrification's Forgotten Block, Part 3: Conclusion
Having already discussed the specific sites of the Government Printing Office and the Gales School, it’s now time to step back and look at the ecology of the entire block of G Street NW, between North Capitol and Massachusetts. Taken ...
Parlor Game: Where Should Sotomayor Live?
Parlor Game: Where Should Sotomayor Live?
I hadn’t noticed this fun parlor game of an article in Sunday’s Post: “Where Should Sonia Sotomayor Live?” It’s really further proof, along with good restaurants, that D.C. is becoming more like New York; we talk about real estate! Unfortunately, ...
Fear and Loathing in Montgomery County
Fear and Loathing in Montgomery County
The suburbs were founded on fears of racial heterogeneity and sometimes it’s hard to escape that. The big news story of the last week was the private swimming pool in Philadelphia where the white members called minority campers using the ...
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