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City Council panel rejects plan for homes next to a freeway interchange 16.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A key committee of the Los Angeles City Council rejected a plan Tuesday for putting 15 homes near a freeway interchange, in part over the potential health risks from car and truck pollution.

The council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee unanimously declined the request from businessman...

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Politicians line up against proposed Philly marijuana dispensary 15.8.2017 Philly.com News
Political opposition could derail a medical marijuana dispensary slated to open early next year in Philadelphia's East Mt. Airy neighborhood.
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The Pittsburgh Conundrum 26.7.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here . Forty years after the decline of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has emerged from the ashes of deindustrialization to become the new Emerald City. Its formidable skyline gleams with homegrown names—PPG, UPMC, and PNC. Touted as the “most livable city” by the likes of The Economist and Forbes, its highly literate and educated workforce has contributed to a robust and diverse local economy known as a center for technology, health care, and bio-science. It is a leader in startup businesses. Uber and Ford’s announcement in 2016 that they would base development of their self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, rather than in Silicon Valley, is a telling example of the power of high-tech image and low costs. Pittsburgh also ranks high in housing affordability. Residents can easily walk or bike to public libraries, museums, and arts and entertainment venues. Some see Pittsburgh as a model for economic development and a new ...
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The Pittsburgh Conundrum 26.7.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here . Forty years after the decline of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has emerged from the ashes of deindustrialization to become the new Emerald City. Its formidable skyline gleams with homegrown names—PPG, UPMC, and PNC. Touted as the “most livable city” by the likes of The Economist and Forbes, its highly literate and educated workforce has contributed to a robust and diverse local economy known as a center for technology, health care, and bio-science. It is a leader in startup businesses. Uber and Ford’s announcement in 2016 that they would base development of their self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, rather than in Silicon Valley, is a telling example of the power of high-tech image and low costs. Pittsburgh also ranks high in housing affordability. Residents can easily walk or bike to public libraries, museums, and arts and entertainment venues. Some see Pittsburgh as a model for economic development and a new ...
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Environmentalists rejoice: court says land regulation doesn't go 'too far' 24.6.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.
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The hard-working women of TNT’s ‘Claws’ rock killer nails and a tight bond 10.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Walter White of “Breaking Bad” cooked meth. Pablo Escobar of “Narcos” dealt in “Cocaine.” But what does series TV do when pharmaceutical meds are the new drug of choice across America?

It conjures up the gang of misfits in TNT’s “Claws,” manicurists/money launderers who sport 6-inch acrylic heels,...

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SF is among American cities simply running out of room 22.5.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology

“If you have three days of rations left, you’ll be fine on day one, two, three,” said Romem, author of new research demonstrating home construction patterns. New construction trends in places like New York City have been tightly focused on downtown clusters where zoning rules permit high-density construction.  

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'Living Tiny Legally': Part 2 of informative tiny house docu-series is out (Video) 11.5.2017 TreeHugger
The second part of this educational series is out, offering a behind-the-scenes look at how current codes are being updated to include tiny houses.
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Unaffordability Is a Problem, but Sprawl Is a Terrible Solution 31.3.2017 THE CITY FIX
Many hard-working families spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, leaving them with insufficient money to spend on other essential goods such as food and healthcare. This is a tragedy. It results, in part, from public policies ...
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L.A. is building lots of homes but too few for its growing population 3.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Along many Los Angeles thoroughfares, large apartment complexes are replacing parking lots, strip malls and warehouses, as builders provide new homes in a city grappling with a persistent housing shortage.

In downtown, dozens of mixed-use condo and apartment towers are rising in the largest development...

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Build L.A. up or slow growth down: Should you vote ‘no’ or ‘yes’ on Measure S? 26.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Build L.A. up or slow growth down: Should you vote 'no' or 'yes' on Measure S? Feb. 26, 2017, 5 a.m. Measure S is a proposition on the March 7 ballot that aims to slow growth and development in Los Angeles by placing a two-year moratorium on projects that require a zone change, a height district...
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22 freight train cars tumble into flooded Northern California river after derailment 11.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A freight train derailed in the Sacramento Valley Friday, sending 22 cars full of food tumbling into the Cosumnes River, authorities said.

The train derailed before 1 p.m. as it passed over an inlet near Highway 99 and Dillard Road south of Elk Grove, said Cosumnes Fire Department Battalion Chief...

Neighborhood Spotlight: Palos Verdes Estates' luscious view goes both ways 10.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Travelers heading south along the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that runs through the crowded South Bay can hang a right at Palos Verdes Boulevard and within minutes arrive in a place of gracefully curving streets, lush green space and stunning ocean views.

There they’ll find the peak of an...

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As U District upzone nears, a simple ‘pro’ argument underscored 6.2.2017 Seattle Times: Local

Proponents’ simplest argument for a University District upzone? Locating new apartments and jobs near transit is common sense.
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Pa. development fight grows on 'sliver' of farmland 21.1.2017 Philly.com News
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County moves to approve six-lot subdivision, city objects 18.1.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted 2-0 Tuesday, Jan. 17 to approve the new six-lot Fox Grove subdivision in the Huckleberry Lane neighborhood off Fish Creek Falls Road, over the objections of the city of Steamboat Springs and with Commissioner Doug Monger absent. However, the matter won’t be finalized, and the final plat won’t be filed, until Jan. 31 when county officials and the developer’s team hash out the details of how a developer’s fee in lieu of creating public benefit will be resolved. Developer William Friesell’s 5.7-acre Fox Grove parcel, which is just outside the city limits off Fish Creek Falls Road, would create six lots ranging in size from .69 to .91 acres on a parcel mostly covered with aspen trees. Fox Grove would be wrapped on three sides by existing homes, many in the Huckleberry Lane neighborhood, which is a bit of an anomaly in the county. Motorists passing by on the way to Fish Creek Falls could easily mistake it for being part of the city. The neighborhood is also ...
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Building Type: Introducing a weekly column on architecture 13.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

It’s easy these days to think of California as a republic unto itself, declaring its political and cultural independence at every opportunity, zigging as Donald Trump’s America zags. But the state’s biggest city has  at least one important thing in common with the country as a whole as we move...

One solution to Southern California's housing crisis: building in tight spaces, small lots 23.12.2016 LA Times: Business

In Santa Ana, not long ago, on a tired commercial stretch west of downtown, stood a church, a burnt-out motel and something harder to see: one key to alleviating the region’s housing crisis.

It’s on this now-graded site near the corner of 1st and Bristol streets where Olson Co. is constructing...

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One solution to Southern California's housing crisis: building in the region's nooks and crannies 23.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In Santa Ana, not long ago, on a tired commercial stretch west of downtown, stood a church, a burnt-out motel and something harder to see: one key to alleviating the region’s housing crisis.

It’s on this now-graded site near the corner of 1st and Bristol streets where Olson Co. is constructing...

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Op-ed: Don't let SLC's northwest quadrant fall victim to sprawl 14.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
It is time to speak out about Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant master plan adopted in August. I hope it is not too late. What set me off was an article last week in the Tribune titled, “Setback could turn to fortune for SLC.” The article speaks of the city’s plan for an “economic powerhouse” on 3,670 developable acres north of Interstate 80 and west of the Salt Lake International Airport. The only caveat in the article was a reference to former Mayor Rocky Anderson’s concern about commuting. ...
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