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Emory University annexation approved

Emory University and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will become part of the City of Atlanta on Jan. 1. The Atlanta City Council approved the annexation at its Monday meeting. via Atlanta

Posted in Atlanta, Cities

Undoing damage caused by interstates

The proposal to cover a section of Atlanta’s Downtown Connector with new parks and development is not unique. In fact, the so-called “Stitch” is one of several such potential projects in cities around the country whose primary intent is to

Posted in Atlanta, Cities, Planning

Walkable neighborhoods more valuable

…If a region has a low supply of good urban communities that are inviting to pedestrians — and that have destinations easily reachable on foot — then the homes within that limited supply are more likely to have a high

Posted in Atlanta, Cities, Walkability

A Map of the U.S. by Property Value

Just a handful of counties account for the vast majority of property values in the U.S. via A Map of the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area – CityLab.

Posted in Cities

Streets are People Places

I have a favorite saying about transportation: “If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.” It sounds obvious, but when I make this

Posted in Cities, Planning, Traffic, Transportation

Are Apartments Bad for Brookhaven?

Single-family home owners tend to be skeptical of apartments, and Brookhaven homeowners are no exception.  The perception is that 1) apartments will be a drag on property values, 2) apartment renters will not be vested in the well-being of the

Posted in Atlanta, Cities, Planning

Philadelphia a Great Bicycle City

If you were to name the big American city with the highest rate of commuter cycling, Philadelphia might not be the first place that would come to mind. But Philly is, in fact, the U.S. city with more a million

Posted in Cities, Living, Planning, Transportation, Uncategorized

Through an Immigrant Lens

While native-born adults in the United States outperformed immigrants on the PIAAC survey, both groups scored well below international averages. The overall U.S. scores were only marginally affected by immigrants’ low scores, the MPI researchers found. The test results show

Posted in Cities, Working

It’s only relatively recently in the United…

“It’s only relatively recently in the United States, that all of our streets’ historic purposes—commerce, socializing, playing—were subsumed by one activity: driving.” — Why Can’t We Party in the Street? | Angie Schmitt, GOOD Magazine The linked article offers a

Posted in Cities, Transportation, Walkability

Desire paths in car-centric Metro Atlanta Kids…

Zoning laws typically impose minimum infrastructure requirements for cars but not so much for pedestrians. Desire paths in car-centric Metro Atlanta Kids….

Posted in Cities, Schools, Walkability

The Invention of America’s ‘Love Affair’ With the Automobile -

One historian calls [the phrase America's love affair with the automobile'] a “masterstroke of public relations” made possible by a single 1961 television special. via The Invention of America’s ‘Love Affair’ With the Automobile – CityLab.

Posted in Cities, Transportation, Walkability

The Real Reason U.S. Gas Is So Cheap Is Americans Don’t Pay the True Cost of Driving – CityLab

…any gas tax that fully corrected for the social costs of car reliance would upend life as Americans know it. via The Real Reason U.S. Gas Is So Cheap Is Americans Don’t Pay the True Cost of Driving – CityLab.

Posted in Cities, Transportation

Decatur Metro – News, Events & Discussion » 2014 Survey: Over Half of Decatur Residents Support 25 MPH City-Wide Speed Limit

67% of Decatur residents favor a citywide speed limit of 25 mph. Decatur Metro – News, Events & Discussion » 2014 Survey: Over Half of Decatur Residents Support 25 MPH City-Wide Speed Limit.

Posted in Atlanta, Cities, Traffic, Walkability

Why the Poor Are Struggling in America’s Suburbs – CityLab

Fully 88 percent of Atlanta’s poor live in the suburbs, according to Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution. Between 2000 and 2011, Atlanta’s suburban poor population grew by 159 percent, while

Posted in Atlanta, Cities, Living

The Future of London at Peak Population – CityLab

There has, however, been a yet more important factor driving London’s population spike. And no, it isn’t immigration. It’s people having kids. London is a youngish city—its median age is 34, compared to a national average of 39.7.  With more

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Suburbs Becoming More Urban

In Downtown, Midtown, the Westside, and Buckhead, skyscrapers and midrises– most of them mixed use developments– have been completed, planned or are under construction on many of the vacant parking lots that used to be spotted all over.  Atlantans are moving into highrises, midrises

Posted in Atlanta, Cities, Living, Planning, Walkability

The incredible drop in car use, from 1995 to 2009 …

In a few more years, if patterns of good urbanism increase, I think we’ll see some good changes in mode share for transit, cycling and pedestrian commutes in the US overall. Certainly, the decrease in VMT shows that people are

Posted in Cities, Planning, Transportation

Learning from Sprawl – Ryan Gravel

Ryan Gravel, mastermind of the Atlanta Beltline, recently posted this cool little video about sprawl on his website, Gravelblog. via Learning from Sprawl Ryan Gravel, mastermind of….

Posted in Atlanta, Cities, Planning, Transportation

White Suburbs Are More and More a Thing of the Past

The classic image of an American metropolis was that of a polyglot city surrounded by mostly white suburbs—the “chocolate city/vanilla suburbs” of the 1950s and 1960s, when white-dominated suburbanization left largely black minority populations stranded in many of the nation’s

Posted in Cities, Living

Urbanization is ‘new normal’ for Canada

The surge in city living over suburban living is no longer an “emerging trend” but “the new normal” as millennials — and a growing number of their parents — transform downtown cores across much of Canada at dizzying speed, according

Posted in Cities, Living, Planning