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URBANISM & DESIGN

Westminster Outside of Denver Wants to Create New Downtown 

Denver Post

 

The city of Westminster said Thursday it is moving ahead with plans to create a new downtown district on the site of the old Westminster Mall.


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Chicago's South Works Redevelopment Project 

Global Site Plans

 

Renowned Chicago urban planner Daniel Burnham once famously said, "Make no small plans." The ambitious redevelopment of a former U.S. Steel Mill on Chicago's South Side is no exception.


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CEOs Want Faster Commutes and Walkable Places 

Greater Greater Washington

 

The Federal City Council, an association of business leaders, wants DC to ease driving in and out of the city. At the same time, it wants walkable, livable neighborhoods. But what about when these two conflict?


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Defense Department's Embrace of Livability Will Save Money 

DC Streetsblog

 

Many of the benefits of smart growth are clear enough. By mixing uses, clustering destinations together, and improving transit, sidewalks, and bike facilities, a city - or military base - makes driving less necessary and encourages other ways to get around, like walking.


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TOD Taking Off in St. Louis' West End 

Citizens for Modern Transit Blog

 

Washington University Medical Center plans to build a $75 million, energy-efficient, multistory research building dedicated to interdisciplinary research to be completed in June 2015.


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Cities Are a New Kind of Complex System 

Science Daily

 

Cities have long been likened to organisms, ant colonies, and river networks. But these and other analogies fail to capture the essence of how cities really function.


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Benefits of Open Source GIS 

ASLA Dirt Blog

 

WorldMap is an open source GIS tool that enables anyone anywhere in the world to create their own maps and overlay them with data for free. Why did Harvard create this?


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Book Review: Metropolitan Revolution 

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

 

Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution have authored The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy.


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Walkable Living Stories from the DC Region 

Coalition for Smarter Growth

 

Today, 38% of District households are car-free, and countless others are car-lite, mostly relying on transit, walking, and biking.


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The Science of Cities 

Per Square Mile

 

Cities, it seemed, had been abandoned by science. When all the other disciplines and systems were being quantified and theorized, cities were largely ignored.


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