Tag Archives: density

Does geography contribute to a healthier downtown?


Over the years as both a planner and a traveler, I have noticed that compact downtown areas tend to be more vibrant and healthy than those that are spread out across the landscape. Examples include Manhattan, which is hemmed in … Continue reading

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A new tower to rise in Boston


Below is an artist’s rendering of the new mixed use skyscraper planned for the Back Bay district of Boston. The 58 story, 691 foot triangular-shaped building will contain both condominiums and a hotel, making it the tallest residential building in … Continue reading

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Cities with the best 2013 rental occupancy rates in the USA


Here is a newly released list by Multifamily Executive magazine of the 10 American metropolitan areas with highest multiple-family housing occupancy rates in 2013. It is interesting to note that only one of these urban areas is situated in the Western … Continue reading

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You know your community is urban when…


The third in this satirical series. Walking or bicycling to places is not considered weird. Comic book superheroes are constantly buzzing about doing good deeds. You have to look up to see the top of buildings. Wildlife is spending your … Continue reading

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“Dense sprawl” is still sprawl


I support the concept of new urbanism just as much as anyone in the planning profession, but constructing such a project from scratch on greenfield sites is pure bunk. The last thing that planners should be doing is advocating for the equivalent of … Continue reading

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