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Save the Suburbs with Pattern Zones

Cities can make middle-scaled buildings the most economical development program. by Matthew Petty Pattern-book permitting is as easy as 1-2-3. Credit: Matthew Petty, Infill Group, and Matthew Hoffman, Miller Boskus Lack The last decade has been punctuated with celebratory stories of once-again active downtowns and town centers. Many places seem to have cracked a once-secret…

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‘Troubling’ Findings on Who Speaks Up About Housing Development

The skyline of Worcester, Massachusetts after sunset in 2017. SHUTTERSTOCK By Bill Lucia   AUGUST 22, 2018 New research highlights concerns that local officials are hearing a narrow subset of views at public meetings. For local government officials who consider public comments when making decisions about housing policies, an academic paper released earlier this year offers a cautionary…

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The Five Cs of Neighborhood Planning

The Five Cs of Neighborhood Planning This is a brilliant article on Placemaking by CNU-CA’s Howard Blackson. It’s a short easy read if you skim it – it’s a deep treatise on Placemaking if you think about each of the C’s and how it applies to your daily civic meanderings and our city. How does Oxnard…