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Urbanism&Design: Urban Beauty & Value, Royal Pedestrian Treatment, Walkability & Loan Default, Big Box Taxpayer Costs


Urban Planning Brings Beauty, Value 

Tampa Bay Times


Don't underestimate the economic power of ugliness. And don't try to tell me that good urban planning can't help prevent it.

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Pedestrians Get the Royal Treatment in Brasilia 

The City Fix


More than 270,000 pedestrians are killed in run-ins with cars and other motor vehicles each year around the world. On Brazilian roads alone, over 10,000 pedestrian lives are lost each year.

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Walkability Linked to Much Lower Risk of Default on Housing Loans 

Streetsblog Net


Here's a finding that offers serious food for thought after our recent housing meltdown: A University of Arizona professor has found that loans for apartment buildings are much less likely to enter default if the residences are located in walkable, transit-accessible locations.

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We Shouldn't Rely on Smart Growth Incentives to Repair Sprawl 

The Atlantic Cities


Maryland has been out in front of the push toward smart growth for years. Beginning in the early 1990s, and continuing up through the recently approved PlanMaryland, the state has developed a series of thoughtful incentives designed to reduce sprawl and increase density.

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Video: Some Observations on Salt Lake City 



I just returned from a very invigorating jaunt to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the CNU 21 conference. A day earlier, I was a special guest presenter of Streetfilms University at the Streetsblog Network Training which brought in 15 bloggers and advocates from around the U.S. to learn some of the expertise we have [...]

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A Peek at 1939 New York in Color 

The Atlantic Cities


The early 20th century forms a uniquely black-and-white period of world history. Painting as the art of record was dead, and the rise of newspapers, photography, film and TV ensured that the entire era was visually documented as never before, and for the first time in history, without color.

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Dictatorial Development Policies Feed Istanbul Protests 

New York Times, via: GC


Across this vast city, a capital for three former empires, cranes dangle over construction sites, tin walls barricade old slums, and skyscrapers outclimb the mosque minarets that have dominated the skyline for centuries - all a vanguard for more audacious projects already in the works.

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How Big Boxes and Wal Mart Costs Taxpayers 

Huffington Post, via: Clarence Eckerson


Walmart wages are so low that many of its workers rely on food stamps and other government aid programs to fulfill their basic needs, a reality that could cost taxpayers as much as $900,000 at just one Walmart Supercenter in Wisconsin, according to a study released by Congressional Democrats on Thursday.

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Senior Housing Developer Sees Win-Win In Transit Communities 

Senior Housing News


A $43.8 million senior housing community completed this week in Hollywood, California credits the transit benefits of its location with being the key driver in its development-with more on the way.

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