Today’s Headlines

  • Nashville $6 Billion Transit Plan Approved (Tennessean)
  • Clinton Outlines Her Housing Policy, Including Boosting Low-Income Tax Credits (NYTimes)
  • Pennsylvania to Change State Laws to Match New Federal Self-Driving Car Guidelines (Gov Technology)
  • Volvo’s New Buses Will Automatically Yell at Pedestrians Who “Come Too Close” (New Atlas)
  • D.C. Testing Fixed-Route Taxi Vans in Underserved Areas (NextCity)
  • Brownsville, South Bend Celebrate “Mayor’s Challenge” Safe Streets Wins
  • Bay Area Planning Housing in Hopes of Reducing Traffic (CityLab)
  • Austin Business Leader to Push Plan for Denser Development (Austin Monitor)


Zoning Reform Will Boost Housing Affordability and Walkability in D.C.

A change to D.C.’s zoning code will allow homeowners to build and rent out a basement apartment, or an apartment over the garage, without the long, expensive hassle of obtaining special permission. Advocates in many high-rent cities, like Austin, have fought for this kind of legislation. It not only helps alleviate the housing crunch, it also creates better […]

It’s Time to Rethink Old Stereotypes About Renters

Homeownership rates in Philadelphia aren’t as high as they used to be, and that’s not a bad thing. Map: Pew via Plan Philly. Click to enlarge For a long time, renters have been thought of as a destabilizing force in urban areas. Federal housing policy encourages people to make the jump to homeownership in part […]

Austin’s Emerging Bipartisan Coalition for Walkable Housing

Last week, the Austin City Council voted to allow “granny flats” — small accessory dwellings — in some areas zoned for single-family housing, and to reduce parking requirements along transit corridors. These types of reforms make housing more affordable and make neighborhoods more walkable and transit-friendly. Dan Keshet at Austin on Your Feet said the vote highlights new political […]

From Manhattan to Texas, How Many People Can Live in Cities?

The New York Times ran a story this weekend on a topic near and dear to every urbanist’s heart: population density. “How Many People Can Manhattan Hold?” looked at the growth potential in America’s most densely populated island and concluded there’s plenty of room to grow — if current residents have the appetite for it. […]

Check Out Austin’s New Polka-Dotted Intersection Neckdowns

Safer streets for pedestrians don’t have to be expensive, or boring, for that matter. That’s the lesson from Austin’s new polka-dotted intersection neckdowns. In an effort to get drivers to slow down and give extra room to those on two feet, the city recently installed this colorful intersection treatment at the intersection of East 6th Street […]

Today’s Headlines

Obama to Pitch $300B Infrastructure Plan, Including Tax Overhaul (The Hill, Reuters) Study: Riding Transit Improves Racial, Ethnic Acceptance (Boston Globe) Foxx Affirms Feds’ Commitment to California High-Speed Rail (KPCC) D.C. Plans for 19 Miles of Bike Lanes This Year (Washingtonian) Atlantic Cities: America’s Love of Houses/Car “Enduring and Weird” Feds Approve North Carolina Light Rail […]