The more things change, the more they remain the same.
DC is nearing the end of a lengthy process to re-write the city’s zoning code. The re-write is mostly a reorganization, combining overlays and base zones in an effort to rationalize a text that’s been edited constantly over the better part of half a century. While
Continue reading The zoning straightjacket
CC image from carnagenyc.
Reading and writing about Vishaan Chakrabarti’s A Country of Cities reminded me that I need to add a few titles to the reading list. I’ve read several of these in the past year but since I haven’t been the most diligent in updating the list, there are also several that I’ve
Continue reading Updating the reading list – January 2014
“How to build good cities,” from Vishaan Chakrabarti’s ‘A Country of Cities.’
Well, that was fast.
Based on the heft of my gift, I expected to take more time to read through Vishaan Chakrabarti’s A Country of Cities. The book, however, is wonderfully illustrated and laid out, thanks to Chakrabarti’s firm, SHoP (for a sampling of the illustrations and an essay
Continue reading A country of hyperdense cities
Aerial view of Toronto. CC image from rene_beignet.
One of the books I picked up through the rounds of exchanging holiday gifts is Vishaan Chakrabarti’s A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America. I’ve read an excerpt of the book published in Design Observer and watched Chakrabarti’s accompanying lecture; I’m looking forward to reading
Continue reading Fearing ‘hyperdensity’ in urban areas
Cranes. CC image from Daniel Foster.
The latest state-level population estimates show another year of 2%+ growth for DC, bringing the city’s estimated population to 646,449. Former Mayor Tony Williams set a goal in 2003 of adding 100,000 new residents to the city back when the city’s population growth was essentially nil, following decades of population
Continue reading 646,449 – DC’s population continues to grow
Suburban Apartments and Estates – Now Renting. CC image from moominsean.
Call it gentrification, call it renewal, call it anything you like. Intense demand for city living is putting tremendous pressure on urban housing markets. Meeting that demand with new development reshapes the physical fabric of the city, but preserving the physical status quo in
Continue reading Challenges to affordable housing in growing cities and regions
DC Construction that comes up on a Flickr search for Inclusionary Zoning – CC image from Adam Fagen.
I’ve got far too many tabs sitting open in my browser, awaiting some form of linkage in the blog (the dates of publication might show how long they’ve been sitting). But, I want to put some of
Continue reading Link dump – all things ‘affordable housing’
CC image from Peter Rosbjerg
It’s hard to miss the discussion these days about parking, from sources as varied as Grist and the Wall Street Journal. Some links and brief discussion:
Matt Yglesias writes about the negative consequences of mandatory parking requirements. Matt’s headline editor takes the same Shakespearian tack as Aaron Weiner in the Washington
Continue reading Parking is in the news: the trend of cities rolling back zoning requirements for off-street parking
A quick link that builds on a couple of themes I’ve written about here – development following the path of least resistance, and the need for cities and urban areas to grow in the face of demand for additional development in those places.
Winchester, MA – aerial image from Google Maps
Zoning makes Massachusetts housing expensive - from
Continue reading Development and the path of least resistance
CC image from Joe Shlabotnik
A few items on parking, and zoning requirements to provide it.
A case study of absurd and pernicious parking rules – from Grist (as part of a series)
Alan Durning documents many of the absurdities of zoning code requirements for off-street parking, focusing his own experience in Seattle. Durning does not own a
Continue reading Parking: often ugly, expensive