Tag Archives: Density

Effects of Density on Vehicle Miles Travelled

A study by Reid Ewing shows that “if you double density you’ll get a five to 10 percent reduction in vehicle miles traveled.” “The best way to minimize driving appears to be to develop in existing centers near the core of … Continue reading

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Density vs. Affordability

Although this story is about a renewed interest in planning downtown Austin, note the short focus on how or whether you provide for affordable housing in downtown development.

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Downtown Parking Lots / Standards

In Walkable DFW, Patrick Kennedy suggests that parking minimums guaranty that supply vastly exceeds demand, and that a truly successful parking policy would reduce demand for parking by building walkable urban places where trips by bike, foot, transit or combo … Continue reading

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Here Comes the (New) Neighborhood

Chris Leineberger points out that in this Great Recession, housing price falls and drop in housing production has been the big problem — but not everywhere. According to Stan Humphries, the chief economist of Zillow, an online housing-research firm, if you … Continue reading

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Existing Transit Stops as Assets for Transit-Oriented Development

Rail transit has largely been built to suburban areas — and the result has been that of the dozens of metro and light rail lines completed in the United States between World War II and the 1990s, few took serious … Continue reading

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ULI Study – Land Use & Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most important and complexlong-term challenges ever faced by communities around the world. This study shows that compact development is a promising strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

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What Do We Want from the Place We Call Home?

New urban dwellers recite the benefits of living downtown – mainly, walkability.

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