As a follow up to her previous column on approaches to bringing commercial uses closer to residential neighborhoods, Wendy Grey outlines some basic development standards for neighborhood commercial zoning districts.
In the first two installments of this series, we presented basic information about what LID is and how it works. In this piece, we’ll show that LID isn’t simply a stormwater management technique, but a systems approach that provides multiple benefits addressing both public and private sector interests.
Close to Hartford’s “seats of power” — state government; insurance companies; and Trinity College; you’ll find Frog Hollow, a predominantly Latino neighborhood. It has a mix of walk-up apartments, neighborhood restaurants, stores, churches, and social clubs. But anchoring it is an innovative mixed-use development called Billings Forge.
Two important issues facing communities are how to provide a broad range of housing, and how best to promote economic development. But what are the best ways of doing this, and just how can planners and planning commissioners help out?
The authors’ of the feature article in the Summer 2011 issue of the PCJ respond to comments and questions about their article.
A closer look at how well-designed affordable housing programs can generate economic and fiscal benefits to local communities. Plus brief reports on efforts to provide workforce housing
The practice of bulldozing modest-size homes and replacing them with “McMansions” has alarmed many planners, neighborhood groups, and preservationists. How can communities respond?
Today’s demographic and economic conditions, along with consumer preferences, are creating a major shift in housing demand. The time is ripe to for communities to develop housing strategies that address these changes.
Recent legal developments have again put a spotlight on exclusionary zoning practices.
Dan Zack, the Downtown Coordinator for Redwood City, California, has put together a quite interesting photo quiz on the density of various residential buildings. It’s the type of quiz you might want to put together your own city or region.