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Not Okay: Droughtrage: Candlestick Rubble Is Being Hosed Down With Drinking Water

Photo via Patricia Chang As the drought grinds on and people get used to giving up on their lawns and practice their best stinkeye on neighbors who hose down their driveways, it has come to light that developer Lennar Urban...

These photos show what it looks like when we ignore foreclosures in black neighborhoods

Civil rights groups this week filed a housing discrimination complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development against Fannie Mae, arguing that the quasi-government agency that now owns more than 100,000 foreclosed homes across the country has been doing a much better job of caring for the ones located in white neighborhoods than minority ones. […]

Robot Taxi Could Bring Us Johnny Cabs On The Spot

Japanese mobile internet company DeNA and Tokyo-based autonomous vehicle technology development firm ZMP Inc. have teamed up to form Robot Taxi, a joint venture company charged with laying the groundwork for driverless urban transportation.

Welcome to Aerotropolis, the City of the Future

BANGKOK -- Transportation infrastructure has always shaped the evolution and economic position of cities. First, our major cities largely grew around seaports. Next, urban development took place along rivers that formed the backbones of the industrial revolutions in Europe and the United States. Show More Summary

MVRDV wins bid to design Seoul’s High Line-inspired park

Seoul is no stranger to the adaptive reuse of transit corridors: ten years ago, the city famously tore down a 14-lane freeway to develop Cheonggyecheon River Park, a 11-kilometer-long urban recreational space that snakes through Seoul’s downtown; the

Pennsylvania Housing Authority Settles Charges of Latinos' Discrimination

The Housing Authority of Hazleton, Pennsylvania will pay $18,000 in fines and fees for discrimination against Hispanic households, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in a statement on Tuesday.

LG Watch Urbane review: The best of the motley wearable crew

"Make a nice smartwatch. But don't make it too nice." That's sort of the working line you figure was floating around during development of the LG Watch Urbane. Like the LG G Watch R before it, this model can actually pass as a traditional timepiece, at least from a distance. Show More Summary

Eva Longoria jets into D.C.

Hey isn’t that … actress-activist-philanthropist Eva Longoria jetting into D.C. for an action-packed 48-hours earlier this week? Monday evening, Longoria and other notables like Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, attended the Latino Victory Foundation’s inaugural “Latino Talks” at the Hamilton. Show More Summary

Pritchett’s Postulates and Urbanization

After promoting women’s group in West Bengal as a route to development a West Bengali asked Lant Pritchett: You all are from countries that are much richer and doing much better than our country so your country’s women’s self-help groups must also be much better, tell us how women’s self-help groups work in your country. […]

The Urban Planner Artist Who Wants To Revitalize Without Gentrifying

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Artists have long been a useful tool for developers; since the 80s the conventional way of ‘waking up’ destitute urban areas has been to rent out cheap studio space to art students and watch the creativity and the café culture follow, before the loft apartments are sold on to the bonus-rich with authentic artisanal grit […]

New Tool for Renewable Energy Developers From IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency has just released an exciting tool for renewable energy entrepreneurs, urban planners, and researchers: Project Navigator. It should greatly increase the number of successful renewable powerShow More Summary

Fun with Urban Planning: The city council of Dublin rejected...

The city council of Dublin rejected a large mixed-use development proposal last week over concerns about overcrowded schools, traffic, and too much new housing. The Dublin Green project from developer Lennar Commercial would have created 372 new units, high-end retail,...

Healthy Aging Requires Livable Communities

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's blog. See the original post here. Earlier this week, I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to speak at the fourth regional forum as part of this year’s White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA). Show More Summary

A Clever 3D-Printed Bird Feeder That Mounts to a Window

last monthHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Printednest is an international group of designers of architects that is developing a 3D-printed bird feeder for urban environments. The bird feeder, currently in its fourth beta, has a perforated egg-shaped form and an antler-like perch on the front. It is designed to mount to a flat surface, particularly windows–an opening in the back offers […]

Moorfield Green is an ‘urban scene’ in a suburban setting

An 18-wheel tractor trailer with a fire-engine red cabin was stacked high with lumber as it rolled slowly through the streets of Moorefield Green, a new development in Ashburn, Va., midway between Leesburg and Reston. Read full article >>

HUD Puts In New Protections For Struggling Homeowners

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday said that it would make a number of changes to its program of selling delinquent mortgages to investors and nonprofits, putting in protections to attempt to prevent foreclosures and help nonprofits buy more of their loans.

1 World Trade Center Serves Up Stunning, Time-Traveling NYC Skyline Elevator Visuals: VIDEO

last monthLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

1 World Trade Center’s elevator to the building’s observatory level offers a time-lapse display of New York’s urban development history that plays within the elevator as it ascends toward the observatory reports The New York Times. The video is presented...

New Jersey Homeless Veterans to Receive Almost $900,000 in Federal Funds

New Jersey homeless veterans will be receiving $895,821 in federal grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, US Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker said in a press release on Monday.

Right-Sizing Parking

In 2012, Metro sponsored a study of parking ratios for multi-family developments in urban King County. By counting vehicles parked overnight, the Right-Size Parking study created a model of current parking needs and demonstrated that parking is 40% oversupplied. Show More Summary

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