Replica’s tool melds cell phone and census data to help governments decide where to spend their money.
Urban Density Is Not the Problem
Cities are a boon for public health—even now. As public-health experts have known for decades, people who live in a city are likely to walk and bike more often, and they live closer to community services such as grocery stores. Urban density also supports faster emergency-response times, better hospital staffing, and a greater concentration of intensive-care beds and other health-care resources. Yet despite ample evidence that urbanites live longer and healthier lives than their counterparts ...
Scooter-sharing expected to bounce back from COVID-19 crisis
The scooter-sharing market faces temporary disruption due to coronavirus (COVID-19) but the industry can weather the storm in the longer term, new analysis suggests. By 2024, 4.6 million shared scooters will be in operation worldwide, up from 774,000 in 2019, according to a new forecast from IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Berg Insight expects to […]
Will coronavirus change the architecture and design of cities?
Although pandemics have long been a tragic scourge on our cities, they’ve also forced architecture and city planning to evolve. The bubonic plague, which wiped out at least a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century, helped to inspire the radical urban improvements of the Renaissance. Cities cleared squalid and cramped living quarters, expanded
Coronavirus ruins California's housing plan of urban density
California's push for density, supporting policies to encourage using transit and building housing near job centers, has a new enemy: the coronavirus.
Who Will Prosper After the Plague? https://urbanreforminstitute.org/2020/04/who-will-prosper-after-the-plague/
Who Will Prosper After the Plague?
Who will prosper after the plague? By disrupting smaller grassroots businesses while expanding the power of technologies used in enforcement, coronavirus could further empower both tech oligarchs and the “expert” class.
A Lesson from Social Distancing: Build Better Balconies https://www.citylab.com/life/2020/04/apartment-design-balcony-private-outdoor-space-zoning-laws/610162/
Lesson from Coronavirus: Build Better Balconies
To have a balcony during coronavirus is to enjoy fresh air without anxiety. A lack of private outdoor spaces in many cities is partly by design.
Cities of the future: Dreaming of a smart urban revolution
Cities of the future: Dreaming of a smart urban revolution
What Planners and Public Sector Agencies Need to Know About Cybersecurity
In this podcast episode, APA's Jo Peña talks with Nupur Gunjan, a public sector analyst at Cisco, about the issues surrounding data protection and cybersecurity that have become top of mind in the wake of COVID-19.
In A Pandemic, We Should Be Closing Unused Streets, Not Crowded Parks https://www.theurbanist.org/2020/04/14/in-a-pandemic-we-should-be-closing-unused-streets-not-crowded-parks/
In a Pandemic, We Should Be Closing Unused Streets, Not Crowded Parks
On Thursday, the Seattle Mayor’s Office announced on KUOW that several parks would be closing. Later in the afternoon, those specific parks were announced. The mayor claims, likely correctly, that some people haven’t been social distancing properly. Instead of using the opportunity to educate residents, and increase open space so residents can social distance properly, the former prosecutor decided that the people shall be punished. I believe this shortsighted measure will cause an increase i...
Fifteen Thoughts on the Coronavirus and Cities
Social distancing has turned urban life upside down, but what changes will persist?
China's Global Reach: Urban Social Lives of the More-than-Human
The genesis and spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 have transformed urban social life across the world. In this essay, I show how COVID-19 epitomizes but does not exclusively define global reach of China's cities, which is weaving new interconnections between humans and non-humans, including viruses and endangered wildlife. Through exploring the cultural politics of taste surrounding wild and endangered ocean fare, I illustrate how sourcing to satisfy China's urban demand exacerbates ocean wildlife populations. Finally, I reflect on how the emerging pandemic is transforming urban life in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. These lenses bring into sharp relief the entanglements of urban China's global reach with more-than-human worlds.
Contrasting the Coronavirus Impact in the Bay Area to New York City - News
Early intervention, or population density? NPR reporters based in the Bay Area and New York City offer explanations as to why the two regions are seeing such a wide contrast in experiences during the coronavirus outbreak.
"Quality Of Life, Or Quantity Of Lives?"
Source: archdaily.comAnyone who's been in the urbanism game as long as I have (or longer) is probably familiar with the annual Places Rated Almanac, the annual metro area rank
Ways Of Knowing Cities
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Harmonizing Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Transportation and Land-Use Planning in California Cities
SERENA E. ALEXANDER, PHD Serena Alexander is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University. Her primary research interests are in the areas of environmental planning, climate action, and land-use and transportation planning. Before joining the SJSU faculty, Dr.
California saw dense housing near transit as its future. What now?
Americans on social media are expressing a newfound appreciation for suburban homes and cars.
Scooter Companies Pull Out of Cities Worldwide Amid Pandemic
(Bloomberg) -- Dockless scooter companies charged into cities in 2018, promising a mobility revolution with cheap, clean rides and billions in venture capital backing. Yet they soon faced roadblocks, including shaky business models, safety concerns, and fast-moving city regulators. At the start of 2020
Christopher Cabaldon Discusses Regenerating Cities and Transforming Communities in reSite Podcast
Christopher Cabaldon Discusses Regenerating Cities and Transforming Communities in reSite Podcast.
Urban parks will survive despite the coronavirus — they’ll change, as well
Landscape architects who seek to create social connections, not social distance, are grappling with how the coronavirus might alter our cities’ plazas and parks.
Planning Healthy Communities—Beyond the Hype - Blogs
Evidence-based research can help planners create truly healthy communities. No junk-science please.
Thousands of Silicon Valley Residents Can’t Get Online. San Jose Has a Plan to Fix That – FUSE Corps
FUSE Corps is a nonprofit organization that enables local government to more effectively address the biggest challenges facing urban communities.
10 Major Cities Unite to Urge Feds to Fund Better Urban Transit – Streetsblog USA
Better walking, biking, and transit
San Jose approves new zoning rules for mobile homes to bolster protections
San Jose lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved creating a new land use designation for mobile home parks that would prevent hundreds of low-income residents from being forced to lose their homes as developers eye the land to build extravagant new homes. The stricter redevelopment protections will apply to all 58 mobile home parks in the...
Amazon.com: Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs--from Delhi to Detroit--Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley (9781633697584): Alexandre Lazarow: Books https://www.amazon.com/Out-Innovate-Entrepreneurs-Detroit-Are-Rewriting-Silicon/dp/1633697584
Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs--from Delhi to Detroit--Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley
Amazon.com: Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs--from Delhi to Detroit--Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley (9781633697584): Alexandre Lazarow: Books
Economic Development & Urban Planning for Nations, Cities, and Communities
In little over a generation, Singapore has quickly grown from a third-world nation to a first-world country. The island nation’s need to make meaningful use of every inch of its near 280 square miles of territory meant that planners and developers had to get creative. With the help of Esri technology, Singapore produced a living digital twin to see exactly...
Urban sprawl is on the rise, but not in the Bay Area
As metropolitan areas expand rapidly to fit the world’s ever-growing population, a first-ever global study of street networks indicates that sprawling roads are on the rise, cementing a future in many places where relying on personal vehicles is the norm. Streets crowded with carbon-spewing commuters are an obvious source of greenhouse gas emissions. But the layout of a community’s streets might be the driving force behind a person’s preferred transportation. Adam Millard-Ball, a co-author o...
Cities outside Silicon Valley begin to get more venture capital investment - Axios
But California still leads by a wide margin.
Top Urban Planning Websites – 2019 - Features
Planetizen's annual list of the best of the planning Internet gives a taste of the technological and editorial milieu of the urban planning Internet at the beginning of a new decade.
Tree Planting in Green Urban Infrastructure – The Nature of Cities
Lea esto en español. The functions of today’s green are defined mainly by the needs that were conceived in the hygienist movement linked to the industrial city of the nineteenth century. Environmental pollution was the driving force behind public open spaces at that time, and at that time, the need for socialization and recreation was … Continue reading Tree Planting in Green Urban Infrastructure →
Tax Break Fuels San Jose Building Boom
According to Urban Catalyst founder Erik Hayden, thanks to a tax break offered to help low-income communities, the time has finally come for downtown San Jose to stop being overshadowed by San Francisco’s towers and Silicon Valley’s tech campuses.
Ben Hecht on Equity, Innovation and Opportunity in American Cities
Lisa Hamilton interviews Ben Hecht, the president and CEO of Living Cities. Their conversation focuses on America’s urban landscape and explores opportunities to reduce poverty, drive innovation and promote equity and inclusion in cities across the nation. Click here to listen to the episode.
Bringing equity to the forefront of urban planning
Some city planners implement equity planning; evaluating urban planning decisions through the prism of how they would affect the least advantaged residents.
Cities failed us this decade
From Amazon to Nextdoor to Elon Musk, here’s 10 ways we went so wrong.
Why Presidential Candidates Don’t Address Urban Issues
Democrats rely heavily on urban voters for support, but the states that hold the first caucuses and primaries don't have really big cities. That tends to leave them off the campaign agenda.
The Smart Enough City https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/smart-enough-city
The Smart Enough City
Why technology is not an end in itself, and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity. The open access edition of this book was made possible by generous funding from the MIT Libraries. Smart cities, where technology is used to solve every problem, are hailed as futuristic urban utopias. We are promised that apps, algorithms, and artificial intelligence will relieve congestion, restore democracy, prevent crime, and improve public services. In The Smart Enough City, Ben Green warns against seeing the city only through the lens of technology; taking an exclusively technical view of urban life will lead to cities that appear smart but under the surface are rife with injustice and inequality. He proposes instead that cities strive to be “smart enough”: to embrace technology as a powerful tool when used in conjunction with other forms of social change—but not to value technology as an end in itself.In a technology-centric smart city, self-driving cars have the run of downtown and force out pedestrians, civic engagement is limited to requesting services through an app, police use algorithms to justify and perpetuate racist practices, and governments and private companies surveil public space to control behavior. Green describes smart city efforts gone wrong but also smart enough alternatives, attainable with the help of technology but not reducible to technology: a livable city, a democratic city, a just city, a responsible city, and an innovative city. By recognizing the complexity of urban life rather than merely seeing the city as something to optimize, these Smart Enough Cities successfully incorporate technology into a holistic vision of justice and equity.
New Urbanist Memes For Transit-Oriented Teens Will Save the City
The 62,000 members of this urbanist Facebook group are doing more than just making weird memes. (But they are making a lot of weird memes.)
On Track to 2040: General Plan 4-Year Review
The Envision San José 2040 General Plan establishes a four-year review cycle, providing opportunity to evaluate the City’s achievement of key goals and mid-course adjustments to the General Plan. This work will be done through open, public meetings of the Envision San José 2040 Task Force and City Council. The City is currently undergoing its second four-year review cycle from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020. To view past efforts, visit the General Plan Four-Year Review Cycle #1 (2015/2016) page. En...
Reference page for Social Progress Index http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=6426
The Expanding and Dispersing San Francisco Bay Area
This decade has witnessed rapid expansion of the San Francisco Bay Area, with the addition of three Central Valley (CV) metro areas, Stockton, Modesto and Merced. Over the same period, growth has shifted from San Francisco to its exurban metropolitan areas.
Rico: A vision for the Diridon Station Area
South Bay YIMBY’s vision for the development of the Diridon Station Area is of a vibrant, diverse, affordable and sustainable new neighborhood in the heart of San Jose. Making the most of this opportunity will require bold and proactive leadership from the city of San Jose to address key challenges with the current land use in the Diridon area. Growth of the Diridon area should benefit all San Joseans, regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status. It should be a place where everyone fee...