New Urbs

Posts in category “Zoning”

Downtown Los Angeles Is Coming Home—to the New Elite

The last frontier of Southern California is in the former Skid Row.

Posted March 22nd, 2019

Suburban Archaeology and America’s Architectural Commons

Tacky or not, America’s commercial strips and “placeless places” have developed their own historic, layered aesthetic.

Posted March 8th, 2019

Arlington Should Deny Amazon $51M in HQ2 Subsidies

Before it succumbs to price explosion, the D.C. ‘burb needs to play hardball.

Posted March 4th, 2019

This Suburb Won’t Become a Pedestrian Paradise

Car-dependent development muddles along. But some places could collapse.

Posted January 25th, 2019

Why Can’t I Afford to Live Here?

Zoning, financing, creative construction—cities and states need to help regular people live where they work.

Posted October 12th, 2018

Today’s Skyscrapers Assault the Skyline and the Street

Many new towers do not respect their neighbors or the human scale of city life.

Posted March 9th, 2018

The Slow Death of the Shopping Plaza

This ‘monstrosity’ is in one of the richest zip codes in the country.

Posted March 1st, 2018

Orange County Gets Density—and Subpar Urbanism

New developments in old suburbia resemble an odd platypus hybrid.

Posted January 26th, 2018

The Best Urban Planning Book Is a Century Old

As today’s urbanists work to recover the art of planning, Raymond Unwin’s era remains uniquely instructive.

Posted December 15th, 2017

City Regulatory Hurdles Favor Big Developers, Not the Little Guy

Small-scale real-estate entrepreneurs face unresponsive bureaucracies and inspectors hungry for violations.

Posted December 4th, 2017

How We Subsidize Suburbia

Federal intervention—not the free market—made sprawl the way we live today.

Posted October 20th, 2017

Don’t Blame Lack of Zoning Laws for Houston Floods

Too much asphalt—in roads and parking lots—is responsible for more devastation.

Posted September 1st, 2017

What Cities Can Learn From the Victorian Era

A lack of regulation led to public-health concerns, but also produced great neighborhoods and innovations.

Posted August 25th, 2017