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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.

Electric cooperative Golden Valley Electric Association is planning to retire one of two coal power plants and replace it with a large-scale wind farm. The coal plant will be closed by the end of 2024.
Elected and other officials gathered in Birmingham, Ala., to announce a new U.S. Department of Transportation pilot program aimed at addressing past infrastructure projects that have harmed and divided communities.
Highly detailed data around cycling and pedestrian activity has not always been easy to come by. Public officials and micromobility advocates stress the need for better data to make the case for more and better infrastructure.
The Civic Bicycle Commuting project is a coalition of organizations in Los Angeles working on a data-driven, community-based platform that encourages bike commuting and makes it easy and accessible.
City officials have said tunnels are a way to reduce congestion by moving commuters from surface roadways into underground electric shuttle vehicles, which could be less expensive to build than a traditional subway route.
The U.S. National Bridge Inventory maps the location and other details of all bridges in the nation 100 years old or older. The interactive map offers data around the age of the bridge, its condition and daily traffic.
Planning and paying for trips across multiple transportation modes in San Antonio, Texas, can now be accomplished in a single app, enabling a long-sought customer convenience.
The county has released a request for information about what is needed to support a municipal electric utility and microgrids in the county. This follows the creation of a publicly owned utility department in September 2021.
The controversial tunnel project proposal has taken another step toward reality with commissioners tapping Elon Musk’s Boring Company to study the feasibility of building two 2.7-mile-long underground tunnel routes.
The SmartCityPHL project in Philadelphia is a partnership among the city, Comcast and US Ignite that aims to help collect real-time data related to air quality, weather, transportation and more.