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Another reason for good urban design: Peak Oil

Here’s a thought-provoking documentary from 2004 called “The End of Suburbia.” It’s basically about how much energy suburban lifestyles consume, and how that lifestyle will be threatened by peak oil. In light of the challenges peak oil presents, a return to good urban design (traditional town planning, New Urbanism, whatever you want to call […]

LDC misunderstood by developers

Attorney Bob Hall thinks the Land Development Code “certainly has a lot of bugs,” according to today’s Journal Star. But it doesn’t really. It just has a lot of things he or the developer he represents either doesn’t like or doesn’t understand, which is typical regardless of what zoning regulations are in place.

Still, […]

A new urban look at McCain and Obama

The Congress for the New Urbanism has published a summary of the presidential candidates’ stances on issues regarding new urbanism and sustainability. They looked at the candidates’ websites, voting records, news sites, and position papers to come up with as much information as they could gather. So far, Obama is the only candidate that […]

The new LDC: Do whatever the heck you want

I’m not quite sure why we even have a Land Development Code or a Form Based Code. We spent a lot of time meeting with citizens and stakeholders to come up with the vision of what we want to see. We spent a lot of money codifying that vision. But all of that work […]

Callahan offers up zero-sum price “relief”

Congressional candidate Colleen Callahan is proposing a cut in the gas tax to be replaced with heavier taxes on oil companies. The oil companies will pass those increased costs onto consumers, resulting in little to no net difference in the price at the pump.

The solution is not cutting gas taxes or taxing oil […]

How the other Peoria does things

In Peoria, Arizona, it appears they have a new Wal-Mart opening in their town (two of them, actually), but it won’t look anything like the ones here:

The fa├žade of the Oldtown Wal-Mart at Peoria and 79th avenues will make it appear as if it is broken into small shops, said James Mason, assistant […]

Radiant City

Now here’s a movie I’d like to see, but it’s only playing in New York and at film festivals.

Not long ago, Willow Knolls cinemas played “Who Killed the Electric Car,” which was also a documentary. Maybe they could bring this movie in, too? I wonder if they take […]

Morning briefing

I’m too busy to do a lot of blogging today, but here are a few comments on the news of the day:

West Main Street needs to be narrowed from five lanes to three, the on-street parking restored, and sidewalks widened. That’s the only way to slow traffic on the street. The 30 mph […]

New era begins in Heart of Peoria

On June 15, four areas of Peoria will be the first to benefit from a new kind of zoning (some might even call it an alternative to zoning): form-based codes. The City Council last night unanimously adopted ordinances that put the new coding into place for the four form districts which are the West […]

New Urbanism in 10 minutes a day, Pt. 9

Part 9 of Andres Duany’s lecture on new urbanism is the final video in this series and it covers: “Back to the 11-hour workday: Spending our lives in our cars; Gold-plated highways at the expense of our civic and public buildings; Vertical vs. horizontal infrastructure; Affordable housing cont’d, by allowing families ‘one car less’ […]