Resilience planning involves knowing when and where to retreat

Norfolk: To fight flooding, this city plans to renovate—and retreat Bloomberg | Leslie Kaufman, March 10, 2021 When it rains in Norfolk, Va., the residents of the Chesterfield Heights and Grandy Village neighborhoods worry about getting cut off from the rest of the city. That’s because with a highway on one side and the Elizabeth River on the other, the …

Pragmatists for Clean Air and Building without Gas

CASE STUDY: DIAMOND RAIL – ALL-ELECTRIC VS. TYPICAL Diamond Rail (v.4)  Diamond Rail is Giv Group’s fourth (v.4) all-electric multifamily design. Site: 535 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Status: Ground broke February 2020 Units: 80 (Studio – Three Bedroom) Affordability:  68% Affordable (25-50% AMI), 32% Market HVAC System: Cold-weather mini-split Water Heating: Centralized hybrid electric tank w/ unit meters  Project Savings (before rebates): $133,434.32 …

Single family housing that keeps multi-family out is exclusionary and extends homelessness

Exclusionary zoning such as single-family zoning makes it illegal to build anything other than single-family homes and is prevalent in suburbs. Single-family homes are more expensive than apartments, townhomes, or duplexes, and that makes rent costly, too. Even in mixed use residential districts  ordained minimum lot sizes can force larger and more expensive units. ** Feb 2021 on vox.com https://www.vox.com/22252625/america-racist-housing-rules-how-to-fix This is …

Streetlights can be 40% of city electricity costs, but LEDs can be turned down and poles can be an asset

Feb 11, 2021 – Economy & Business The future of “smart” cities is in street lights by Jennifer A. Kingson, Axios Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios Cities are rushing to replace their legacy street lights with “smart” LED fixtures that could one day be able to find you a parking space, monitor air quality, and announce an oncoming thunderstorm. Why it matters: Despite a …

How Cities Are Reimagining Neighborhoods and What it Means to Thrive

PHILLIPE CUNNINGHAM &  MEGHAN SAHLI-WELLS  Feb 2, 2021, Next City A Tale of Two Upzones Minneapolis May Ban New Drive-Throughs, Citing Greenhouse Gases and Health Effects Housing in Brief: Portland Just Ended Single-Family Zoning When Minneapolis ended single-family zoning it was in part to undo the racial segregation, caused by policies like redlining (as seen in this historic map), that still defines …

Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts, space used for parking and other public uses

January 5, 2021 Bloomberg – The Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts. Via workshops and consultations, residents can control how much street space is used for parking, or for other public uses. It’s already rolled out experimentally at four sites in Stockholm, with three more cities about to join up. The ultimate goal is hugely …

Seattle’s New Mobility Playbook, Transportation Tech Strategy, TransitScore and more

Also see groundbreaking Los Angeles Transportation Technology Strategy, Digital Matatus and TransitScore, and TransportationCamp Mobile apps help us find the best driving route or catch the right bus or bike the least hilly route. Mobile payment systems allow us to book any service and have it automatically charged to our credit cards or bank accounts. New mobility are those emerging elements …

How four European cities are driving out cars: A look at urban transformation in Paris, Barcelona, London and Milan

Tech Crunch, Natasha Lomas, Romain Dillet November 20, 2020 Image Credits: Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch The coronavirus pandemic is acting as a catalyst for urban transformation across Europe as city authorities grapple with how to manage urban mobility without risking citizens’ health or inviting gridlock by letting cars flood in. Micromobility and local commerce are being seen as both short and long-term solutions for urban …

Faster, more affordable rooftop solar

Town homes and condos were treated as commercial property with a higher level of review and a permitting process which took “two-and-a-half years on average.” Low- and moderate-income residents are being inordinately hit by this “difficult and cumbersome” permit process. The new ordinance establishes an online permitting process for all clean energy projects with permits acted upon within 14 days, …