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Should you really stick around for the rest of this session? What do we mean when we say “urban”? Influence of the“3 D’s”(Density, Diversity, Design) on transit usage and walking propensity Measuring the 3 D’s: How we did it & Results Using the Results in Community Decision-making Measuring the 3 D’s: How you can do it
This paper outlines a methodology that assesses urbanity in three dimensions (density, diversity, and design) and creates a combined scorecard that weights each dimension according to its influence on transit usage and walkability. Using no proprietary methods, this approach can be repeated by any individual or local government with GIS software and basic internet access. The resulting measurements can be used by communities to assess what types of investments and regulatory changes are necessary to create more transit and pedestrian-friendly communities.
For a while now, a strain of urbanist thought has been asking: Should we want transit to be slower? That, broadly speaking, is the question raised by Professor Patrick M. Condon at the University of British Columbia (UBC).... Read On
The comments on Is Speed Obsolete? -- my post on Professor Patrick Condon's thesis that slow streetcars are better than rapid transit -- are a gold mine of perspectives and insights. I could spin a month of posts out of them... Read On
"They are the "sweet spot for redevelopment," according to Patrick Phillips. "They have a distinct urban feel but not quite the urban grit. They are close to transit, jobs, cultural and entertainment facilities. They are walkable, architecturally interesting -- and they are employment centers."
The growth machine framework maintains that coalitions of elites work together to promote and adopt policies and practices that best serve their economic interests and propel cities toward growth. While numerous scholars have subjected the growth machine to theoretical and empirical tests, we know little about the beliefs and perspectives of individual actors within the growth machine. To address this gap in the literature, the present research uses in-depth interviews to examine the subjective views of one segment of the growth machine—real estate professionals. The findings demonstrate that these practitioners see the exercise of power at the local level to be less coordinated, consensus-driven, and growth-oriented than the growth machine thesis suggests. Specifically, they see their own power and capacity to act to be constrained by four factors: the (re)-election interests of politicians; the professional interests of municipal economic development staff; bureaucratic procedures…
Once bypassed in the stream of investments being funneled into downtown cores and outlying suburbs, first-tier neighborhoods are emerging in the post-recession era as major magnets for urban growth, according to Urban Land Institute Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips...
The near-term future of real estate development isn't downtown or in the far-flung suburbs. It's in between. That was the message of Patrick Phillips, chief executive of the Urban Land Institute, to several dozen journalists gathered in San Antonio on Wednesday for the National Association of Real Estate Editors annual conference... Read On
Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert will participate in a panel at the APA National Conference in Boston April 11 in Boston. The panel is on Livability in Small Regions and Rural Communities. Smith will be joined on the panels by Matt Dalby, EPA Office of Livable Communities; Mayor Patrick Henry Hays of North Little Rock, AR; and Roger Millar with Smart Growth America.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be in Vancouver,BC, to continue the series of workshops introducing Arup employees, through their Arup University program, to the concept of transit-oriented development. This part is facilitated by Patrick Condon at the University of British Columbia. Through lectures, discussions, and site visits, participants in the workshop will learn about the different efforts going on in the Bay Area coordinating land-use, investments and public policy in order to support compact, walkable, mixed-use development in neighborhoods with high-quality public transit.