In what the University of California, Davis hopes will set a national precedent for sustainable design, the university has opened a mixed-use development targeted as nation's largest "zero net energy" community designed to generate as much energy each year as it consumes... Read On
A new study conducted by the University of Oregon and San José State University reveals that people often walk farther than they had thought despite their desire to minimize time and distance. Other results suggest that design is less important than accessibility.
In 2003, Columbia University announced its plan to expand its Morningside Heights into a 17-acre area of West Harlem known as Manhattanville. The University’s expansion plan called for the acquisition and demolition of all but three buildings in the project’s footprint and the construction of a state of the art campus over a roughly 30-year period. This article examines the discourses, debates and politics surrounding the project and, in particular, the University’s demand for exclusive control of the site and ultimate pursuit of eminent domain. To that end, university officials claimed that the expansion would bolster the city’s knowledge based economy and, as a consequence, serve the “public good”— a requirement for the exercise of eminent domain. By contrast, critics of the project argued for a mixed-use redevelopment plan that would include affordable housing and other community-deined amenities.
Developers for a controversial project involving the parking lot of the University of Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium have backed out of building on the property. Inland American Communities Group Inc., an out-of-state company selected by the university as lead developer on the Universe Project one year ago, notified the U. with a letter on Nov. 13 saying it will not continue with plans to build a mixed-use development on the corner of 500 South and University Street (about 1400 East). The project was intended to maximize use of the TRAX station there..... Read On
Reconnecting America's Abigail Thorne-Lyman, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, will be presenting the TOD University curriculum at the Housing California annual conference in Sacramento on April 17. Housing Californa produces the nation's largest annual conference on affordable homes and homelessness. More about the conference here.
In 2004, Austin adopted the University Neighborhood Overlay, committing itself to the radical neoliberal principle that the market should be allowed to supply dense student housing in neighborhoods with intense demand for dense student housing... Read On
Mayor Greg Fischer said Tuesday that the planned $79 million expansion and renovation of the Speed Art Museum might be a good reason to install better public transit between the University of Louisville and downtown... Read On
A new report offers steps that California policy makers and businesses can take to improve the state's chronically underfunded public transit system. Author Ethan Elkind, a climate change research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and UCLA schools of law, outlines how a well-funded system could address unemployment, high fuel costs and the long commutes that many Californians face... Read On
It's possible for large-scale urban rail systems to have a positive impact on at least one part of air pollution - carbon monoxide, says a new study by two University of California, Merced, scientists... Read On