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The Future of Community Design

As climate change brings longer periods of hot weather, the associated heat-related health risks also increase. While being in air conditioning is the simplest way to prevent heat illness and death, access to cool air isn't equitable.
If none of the proposed maps get a majority approval by Aug. 12, the map pitched by Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration will win by default. But the debate continues, particularly over the racial demographics of District 7.
Transit agencies in California and New York, as well as other areas, are adopting fare payment technologies that allow fare capping, setting a limit on what riders will pay regardless of the trips they make.
Over 20 million Americans live in manufactured housing — more than in public housing and federally subsidized rental housing combined. Yet many planners and researchers view this kind of low-cost housing as a problem.
A study of housing underproduction found that the state was short by approximately 9,000 units, 8,000 of which are in the Portland metropolitan area, the state’s largest city. The state ranks in the middle of other New England states’ deficits.
Blockchain technology is starting to revamp corporate governance. There are those who believe it could revamp local government as well.
Residents of South Carolina’s capital city are concerned about the unintended consequences and environmental impacts of removing barriers for developers and entrepreneurs in an effort to make the city more “business friendly.”
From electrified pavement that can charge vehicles and delivery robots that collect data to flying taxis, transportation experts sound off on what we can expect highways and byways to look like in 2050.
Construction is underway on Origin Park, built on 600 acres of post-industrial wasteland along the banks of the Ohio River.
A new report found that 60 percent of moves in California during the first year of the pandemic were families leaving the state. San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles all saw population decreases in the last two years.
New funding is providing unparalleled opportunities to invest in climate resilience by building natural infrastructure to protect vulnerable communities.
Around the world, cities have hired “night mayors” to advocate for and grow the nightlife scene while ensuring safety. Nightlife advocates see an opportunity as the city tries to revitalize its downtown after the effects of COVID-19.
An estimated 7,265 pedestrians died last year, which averages out to 18 pedestrian deaths every day, according to a new study by Smart Growth America; an increase of 62 percent since 2009.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced that six more express trains would be added to the New Haven line and seven new weekday trains to the Waterbury branch. The additions come as $5 billion in federal infrastructure funds are headed to the state.
New York City’s newest mayor has made several key moves to speed up bus service and open lanes to more bicycles. But transit advocates are asking for bolder policies while reckless driving becomes a serious problem.
The state’s plan to toll nine bridges across the state to help fund their replacement and maintenance has collapsed amid court rulings and negotiations between Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers.
Elected and other officials gathered in Birmingham, Ala., to announce a new U.S. Department of Transportation pilot program aimed at addressing past infrastructure projects that have harmed and divided communities.
Gov. Chris Sununu announced the federally funded program on Tuesday, July 5, that could develop thousands of new housing units and will begin accepting applications on Monday, July 11.
Several cities across the state are considering pilot scooter programs. Ensuring the safe use of micromobile vehicles requires analysis of driver behaviors, road infrastructure and local regulation.
Highly detailed data around cycling and pedestrian activity has not always been easy to come by. Public officials and micromobility advocates stress the need for better data to make the case for more and better infrastructure.
The median age in Maine dropped to 44.7 in 2021, a slight drop from 44.8 the year prior, marking the first time in more than two decades that the median age has dropped. Still, the state ranks as the oldest in the nation.
So far, the city is 25,000 trees shy of its 2019 goal. To continue, Los Angeles will need community buy-in. But concerns have been raised about the equitable distribution of the trees.
The U.S. National Bridge Inventory maps the location and other details of all bridges in the nation 100 years old or older. The interactive map offers data around the age of the bridge, its condition and daily traffic.
Gentrification’s pressure on homeownership is threatening a rich history and culture while worsening the racial wealth gap. There are some steps governments should take to preserve as much of it as we can.
Despite input from two advisory groups, the state’s Gulf Coast Restoration Fund is failing to meet any conventional measure of success for an economic development program funded by the money BP paid following its massive 2010 oil spill.
By making producers responsible for the recycling of their products, Colorado is showing the way toward improving recycling rates, reducing unnecessary packaging and lightening the burden on local governments.
The City Council Finance Committee voted to increase the speeding ticket threshold for automated speed cameras to 10 miles per hour above the limit. Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls the move “unconscionable.”
Corporate investment can be an economic boon to low-income communities. It can also be a cultural threat.
Frances Haugen, Timnit Gebru and Janneke Parrish are at the forefront of a group of high-profile women calling out big tech. Is there a connection between their gender and their role as whistleblowers?
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other city council members have lauded the maps for their independence and transparency. The new districts will go into effect for the May 2023 city elections.
The street vendors who sell food to downtown customers are a boon to urban life. Cities ought to have more of them.