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A Photo Essay From L.A.'s Mansionization Front Lines

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2015 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

"Mansionization" is the name given to the increasingly common practice of tearing down a smaller house and building a much larger, more expensive one on the same lot, often to the detriment of next-door neighbors who suddenly find themselves deprived of sun, views, and privacy by the new mansion now looming over them.

Open the Door to an Inclusive NYC

Mark Levine | Posted 10.13.2014 | New York
Mark Levine

At its best, New York City is a place where people from all walks of life live together and interact with each other. But a new residential tower rising on Manhattan's west side tears at that tradition.

What the Mayor's Housing Plan Should Include and Why

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

New York City funnels billions of dollars annually into the growth and enrichment of our city. It is time we dedicate our resources to building housing that is truly affordable, for all.

Two Big-Box Decisions Show How Smart Planning Policies Protect Good Jobs

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Although few cities take full advantage of them, planning and zoning powers are among the most potent tools communities have for shaping their economi...

Rationalizing the Approach to Municipal Real Estate Assets

Tucker Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Tucker Reed

Physical space is a difficult commodity to create more of in the five boroughs, as such underutilized space can provide a powerful economic development tool that supports neighborhood revitalization, housing and job creation.

A Smart Way to Handle Big-Box Stores

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Land-use policy is one of the most powerful -- and underutilized -- tools communities have for steering the evolution of their economies. With the global corporate economy rife with hidden costs and consequences, more communities would do well to take advantage of it.

'Green News Report' - April 18, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

Walmart Spends Your Tax Money to Break the Rules

Grant Stern | Posted 06.01.2013 | Miami
Grant Stern

Once your city sets a precedent ignoring clearly articulated standards to Walmart, how can they say no to the next developer to come along with an idea to make money at the expense of rational planning?

Shut Down Chick-fil-A Properly

James Peron | Posted 09.24.2012 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Chick-fil-A owner Don Cathy may deny me equality of rights, but I cannot lower myself to his level and deny him equality of rights. He has the right to ignorant opinions, and the right to run restaurants.

Feds Seek Proof That Westchester County Isn't Racist

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 09.20.2012 | New York

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The federal government asked a judge Friday to compel New York's Westchester County to provide information about local zoni...

Your Start-up Life: Location, Location, Location

Rana Florida | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

While an ice cream shop would do best in a location with warm weather and a constant flow of pedestrian traffic, potential patients aren't going to wander into a medical office off the street. Here are some important things to consider before you lease your space.

The Link Between Housing, Education, and Opportunity

Jonathan Rothwell | Posted 04.19.2012 | Education
Jonathan Rothwell

Reforming discriminatory zoning laws and taking other steps to promote residential and school integration could have potentially large benefits to the nation's future by making educational opportunity more equal.

Joy Resmovits

Exclusionary Housing Leads To Educational 'Segregation' -- Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.19.2012 | Education

Tanya McDowell, a Connecticut mother, made headlines last year when she was accused of stealing -- specifically, of stealing an education for her son....

Fairfax County's Newest Tree House Kerfuffle

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.05.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Remember last fall, when an Iraq war veteran named Mark Grapin battled the Fairfax County zoning board to keep a tree house he'd built f...

Could a Small Town in Arizona Become the Solar Capital of the World?

Virginia Simmons | Posted 01.16.2012 | Green
Virginia Simmons

When Rick Buss left his position as city manager of Maricopa, Arizona, to become the town manager of a 2,000-person, economically struggling town called Gila Bend in 2008, some people who know him personally and professionally wondered why.

Praying for Zoning Reality in Olney

Art Brodsky | Posted 12.30.2011 | DC
Art Brodsky

Emory Church Road is the very definition of a rustic road. So of course Montgomery County wants to allow a 50,000 square-foot structure with a parking lot big enough for 200 cars right in the middle of the picture.

Urban Engines -- American Cities Must Grow

Greg Selkoe | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Greg Selkoe

My name is Greg Selkoe and I am an entrepreneur. This is a phrase I am proud of and no matter what the activity, whether it was when I worked at City ...

Keeping Cities Simple: Shelter and the Wheel

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.05.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

What if a zoning code is no longer cohesive, or impedes rather than accomplishes societal goals? Let's remember to reassess -- with simplicity in mind -- and recall the first principles of shelter and the wheel.

Launching Off-the-Grid Settlements in the U.S.

Nick Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nick Rosen

I get about 20 emails a week from people who want to go live "off the grid" without utility power and water, so I launched landbuddy.com -- a way people could pool skills and resources.

Why Nigeria's North South Distinction Is Important

Amb. John Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. John Campbell

The economic and social imbalance between the North and the South makes political power sharing in Nigeria a sensitive issue.

Zoning in on Lower Manhattan

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dr. Philip Neches

After surveying the neighborhood, it strikes me that the Islamic community center will be an improvement. If St. Peter's can co-exist with the New York Dolls, surely a center for exercise, culinary instruction, and religious devotion is not out of place.

As Gutierrez Pushes For Immigration Reform, Feds Probe His Dealings With City Developers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Representative Luis Gutierrez has been the center of a great deal of media attention as the national political debate has shifted to immigration refor...

A Constitution Written in Indelible Ink

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

We've obviously gone a little crazy. But how much crazier would things be if we didn't have the indelible ink on the Constitution as a touchstone?

Phoenix Church Faces Rebuke For Feeding Needy

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

PHOENIX — On Saturday mornings, crowds of homeless gather with other needy people at picnic tables outside a church in an upscale Phoenix neighb...

A Sorry State of the City

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Mayor Bloomberg needs to acknowledge that residents require more than just minimum-wage employment to survive and thrive.