Should a pedestrian-friendly Times Square serve as a model for other American cities? Who would ask such a thing? Certainly not the real New Yorkers who constitute the city's hard-bitten press corps... Read On
Many of the world's great public spaces may be programmed in many different ways, to serve many different purposes. While bicycling through Times Square late last night, I noticed three orb-like seating areas dropped into the plaza. ... Read On
Union Square has been a crowded hub of downtown San Francisco since it reopened nine years ago. In 2019, the crowds could swell even more, with the addition of a subway station expected to serve nearly 50,000 riders daily... Read On
State and local officials broke ground today on the $15.9 million Talbot Commuter Rail Station in the Codman Square area of Dorchester. The crowd then migrated down the street, for a ribbon cutting for an affordable housing project whose residents will use the transit... Read On
Ann Arbor Planning Commission meeting (July 20, 2010): Parking is a frequent topic for planning commissioners, though often tangentially, as it relates to specific developments. The issue was brought up more directly at their July 20 meeting, when Susan Pollay - executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority - made a guest appearance.... Read On
The aptly-named Crown Square redevelopment is the central jewel in the remarkable comeback of its once-downtrodden city neighborhood, and it is now nearing completion, much to the delight of the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, which has been a guiding partner in the project... Read On
A new study commissioned by the city finds that air quality in Times Square has notably improved since the 2009 installation of pedestrian plazas on Broadway. Street-level readings taken by the New York City Community Air Survey, a city-wide air quality monitoring program created as part of PlaNYC, show that "concentrations of traffic-related pollutants were substantially lower than measurements from the year before and were less than in other midtown locations... Read On
The developer of a transit-oriented development in Railroad Square asked Wednesday to shift the location of affordable housing to make the project financially feasible, saying it could be a catalyst for building in the area as a whole...