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Downtowns plan for a future with far fewer office workers
In New York City, daily office vacancy rates average about 50%. So it and other cities are trying to attract more visitors by converting office space to housing, improving public transit, and making their streets a destination.
Chicago is turning some of its iconic office buildings into apartments
But adaptive reuse isn’t as simple as swapping out cubicles for beds. Developers often need to charge a lot to make conversions worthwhile.
Modern parking "meters" give cities the power to reduce congestion
Parking charges based on timing or vehicle type, for example, can encourage drivers to consider other forms of transit.
Can supertall buildings help us build more sustainable cities?
The new book by urban designer Stefan Al explores what the history of skyscrapers can show us about the future.
What would a city "designed with care" look like?
Writer Alexandra Lange says urban architecture and a “Department of Care” could make residents’ needs and culture a priority.
Pandemic flips equation on where people want to live
According to a new analysis from real estate site Zillow, homebuyers are increasingly seeking out places at the periphery of cities.
The traffic control bible is getting an update. Here's why you should care.
Pedestrian and bicycle-safety advocates want to rewrite the federal manual to reduce its bias toward cars.
The pandemic poses challenges and new opportunities for city planning
New ways of urban living could emerge as the pandemic changes how people gather and move about cities.
Downtown Atlanta's growth elusive in its inner core
While residents continue to flock to the city, downtown Atlanta is still short on basic residential amenities.
In Texas, immigrant businesses breathe new life into old units
There are a lot of empty retail spaces across the United States looking for fresh ideas to lure in shoppers. Urban designers say it’s all about offering something you can’t get online. In some cases, immigrant business owners in Texas are helping transform brick-and-mortar spaces — long abandoned by regional retailers — into marketplaces that […]