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Urbanism & Design: Low Impact Design Standards, Pittsburgh TOD, Height Isn't Density, Preserving Berlin Wall, Affordable Housing & Corridor Planning


DDOT Drafting Low Impact Design Standards 

Georgetown Patch


DDOT welcomes public feedback on draft design standards for low impact development and green infrastructure for the public right-of-way.

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Vikings Stadium will Continue to Have Lots of Parking 

Minnesota Post


Life has conferred many blessings on me, and one I give thanks for every day is living in an apartment with two views.

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Pittsburgh Transit Oriented Developments Ready to Take Off 

Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Port Authority officials said they are hoping for groundbreakings for two long-awaited major transit-oriented development projects this year.

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Height Isn't Density 

Vibrant Bay Area


Much noise has been made over the height of the Civic Center Station Area Plan (SAP), a development emblematic of density battles around the Bay. Quiet and Safe San Rafael (QSSR) has called it "very high density", citing increases to the unit-per-acre arrangement as proof.

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The Protest to Preserve the Berlin Wall 

This Big City


"Don't tear down this wall!" This phrase may sound shocking to Berliners who lived for decades in a divided city and celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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Plan Affordable Housing Early in Light Rail Corridor 

Durham News


As plans move forward for a light-rail line between Durham and Chapel Hill, some are asking what will happen to the land around the stations, where prices are expected to rise.

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TIF Legislation Would Help Pay for Twin Cities Streetcar 

Twin Cities Finance and Commerce


Development of a tax-exempt, city-owned parking lot west of the Minneapolis Convention Center could help pay to build a streetcar line along Nicollet Avenue if state lawmakers approve legislation backed by city officials.

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A Suburban Transit Revolution in Paris 

The Polis Blog


Paris is on the verge of a massive transportation upgrade, largely for the benefit of its long-neglected suburbs.

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Bill to Limit Zoning and Design Controls in North Carolina 

Plan Charlotte


The N.C. House is scheduled to vote this afternoon on a bill, "Zoning/Design & Aesthetic Controls," (House Bill 150) that has enthusiastic support from the state's home-building industry but that gravely concerns planners around the state, as well as some local elected officials.

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Paint the Alley Floor and Watch It Grow 

LA Streetsblog


Teresa Alfaro, 45, waters the plants in an alley between Mathews Street and Penrith Drive, just two blocks from Whittier Boulevard and Soto Street. Alfaro, whose home is at the entrance of the alley, said her husband and three sons helped give the alley a facelift.

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