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Urban Planning

Stories about urban and regional planning, including low-income housing, transit-oriented and infill development, bike lanes, bus rapid transit and transportation data.

Housing and other development built in concert with transit stops are solving the persistent last-mile gaps in U.S. transportation planning. In Miami, a new development could serve as a model for other cities.
EPB officials say a $2 million project to install a new microgrid with power generation and battery storage at police and fire headquarters in Chattanooga will pay for itself in six or seven years.
A recent panel discussion at the CoMotion Miami conference highlighted how political divisiveness and conspiracy theories have taken aim at progressive ideas around urban mobility and city design.
Electric vehicle drivers in the U.S. face a gamble when they pull up to a charging station in the wild. But why, in a country so focused on raising adoption rates, are they still so unreliable?  
The Southern California Association of Governments — a planning organization that represents six counties, 191 cities and over 19 million residents — is offering access to a resource made to power data-driven decisions for even the smallest cities.
In a sign of yet another demand placed on already busy curbs, officials at the recent CoMotion Miami conference weighed in on the placement of urban EV chargers. Spoiler alert: they don’t like the idea of a single-use curbside.
Peachtree Corners, Ga., is partnering with Smartmile, the maker of technology that helps to integrate retailers and delivery services into smart lockers, to streamline parcel deliveries and free up the increasingly crowded curbside.
The Mobility Data Specification 2.0 includes data standards for other forms of urban mobility, beyond just bikes and scooters. The next generation of the specification can now be used to better manage taxis, TNCs and more.
Digital twins, centered on several core pieces of technology, including the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, are making a critical difference locally and nationally in the government technology landscape.
The COVID-19 pandemic reshuffled commutes, economies and the daily life of cities. Now, city planners and transportation officials and others are having to rethink the future of urban spaces.