— Where Americans Want To Live: New ULI Report, America In 2013, Explores Housing, Transportation, Community Preferences Survey Suggests Strong Demand for Compact Development | 5/15/2013, Urban Land Institute
— Five green community stories to watch in 2013 | Kaid Benfield, 1/2/2013
— A New Year’s Eve Call to Action for Urbanists | Planetizen
— NY economic development plans getting urban focus | Wall Street Journal
— Sarah Goodyear, Atlantic Cities, Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure
Curbed Atlanta has a cool post today about reasonable vs. unreasonable expectations for Atlanta becoming more walkable and densely populated. They begin by pointing out the futility of comparing Atlanta to an uber-dense place like New York City and then offer the reasons for more realistic goals.
Atlanta does have a decent start, but it will be a long time (if ever) before the city can credibly be labeled a ‘walkable’ or public transit-oriented city. Does that mean we should drop efforts to help Atlanta grow in a more dense, sustainable fashion? Of course not.
I think there’s a great chance for walkable, compact nodes to develop all over metro Atlanta. They will probably never be as dense or as well-connected as those in a city like NYC, largely for the geographical reasons (Atlanta isn’t surrounded by a natural boundary like water). But they’ll be a hell of an improvement over the copy & paste, car-centric sprawl of the past few decades.
Photo of Glenwood Park by Flickr user peterlfrench