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Urbanism & Design: Fort Worth Pedestrian Focus, Palo Alto Wasted Opportunity, Mall of America Tax Breaks, Salt Lake Planning


Downtown Fort Worth Seeks Pedestrian Focus

Fort Worth Star Telegram


Future development in downtown Fort Worth should be done with the pedestrian in mind but should also find ways to transport people to the Cultural District, the Stockyards and even Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, according to a draft report of a new strategic action plan.

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Palo Alto Waists TOD Opportunity by Lowering Heights

Peninsula Press


Palo Alto city leaders expect developer John Arrillaga to revise his controversial plans for a site off University Avenue, near the Caltrain station, to meet a 50-foot height limit without forcing him to do so, City Manager James Keene said.

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Firm Densification Concerns DC Business Leaders

Washington Post


I dropped by a presentation on the health of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District recently to hear an update on the area’s ongoing resurgence.

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Copenhagen Offers Lessons to Cleveland on Big Plans

Cleveland Plain Dealer


Copenhagen produces mountains of garbage. Every winter, city residents drive eight hours north into Sweden to reach the nearest ski hill.

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Mall of America’s Tax Breaks Draw Criticism

Pioneer Press


A long-dormant plan to double the size of Mall of America — adding hotels, a waterpark, a performing arts center, office towers and hundreds of stores — seems to be coming back to life.

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Salt Lake Planners Planning to 2040

Salt Lake Tribune


About 30 residents and business owners gathered recently to hear how their community around the Meadowbrook TRAX station on 3900 South may change and also vote on options for that transformation.

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Purple Line Puts University Blvd on Road Diet

Greater Greater Washington


As design work continues on the Purple Line, Maryland transit planners say they can convert two traffic lanes on University Boulevard in Langley Park for trains without impacting traffic.

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Mumbai Skyscraper Will Confuse the Wind



Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture has unveiled plans for Imperial Tower, which would become Mumbai’s tallest building and surely one of the world’s most slender skyscrapers, should it come to be built.

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Life in the City is Just One Big Math Problem

Smithsonian Magazine, via: Atlantic Cities #cityreads


Experts in the emerging field of quantitative urbanism believe that many aspects of modern cities can be reduced to mathematical formulas

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Disney and Urban Design

Public Works Magazine, via: Atlantic Cities #cityreads


When you think of great urban planning, theme parks probably don’t spring to mind. But 17 students of Rollins College, a liberal arts school in Winter Park, Fla., know better, having learned about the topic from an unexpected source: Mickey Mouse.

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