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Urbanism & Design: Toronto's Waterfront Value, Shared Streets in LA, Smarter Smart Growth


Toronto Waterfront Generated Twice the Revenue Spent

680 News Toronto


Waterfront Toronto is doing some bragging about taxpayers’ money being well spent. It has released a study that finds revitalizing the waterfront has generated more than twice the value of public investment to date.

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LA Union Station Draft Plans Released

The Source


The Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan team is releasing its draft alternatives today for improving the venerable station as a transit center.

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Impromptu Shared Streets Threatened in Los Angeles

LA Streetsblog


I was leaving to Mexico City in two days, and I get this message at 4 pm Saturday, April 13. The Los Angeles Police Department officers stopped by the party and told the group to shut it down. But the police officers left, and didn’t return.

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What Phoenix Is, What It Wants to Be

Next City


In many ways, Shannon Scutari is responsible for bringing real transit to one of America’s most sprawling cities.

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BART TOD, The Range of Alternatives

Vibrant Bay Area


The Petaluma Station Area plan will be taken up by the Petaluma City Council on Monday, May 6.

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Visualising for Human Geography


The publication of the International Benchmarking Review of UK Human Geography back in March was a major event for the discipline.

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Royal Street Parties and Experimentation in Amsterdam

Urban Times


Dutch people are renowned for being pretty open. One of my favourite examples is their popular traffic intersection design, which basically removes stoplights whilst allowing for a mix of different types of vehicles.

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Is It Time for Smarter Smart Growth?

NRDC Switchboard


I hesitate to write yet another article about bringing “smart growth” – the combination of ideas born in the 1990s to counter suburban sprawl – into the 21st century.

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