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Planning Digest Archive 2012

Date Description
December 18
 Some of 2012's most interesting maps; probably Detroit's best-known ruin; an all-alternative fleet
December 11
 Tiny apartments; transit ideas from other cities; a living wall
December 4
The price of having plenty of light; ten steps to walkable cities; fewer shops, less community 
November 27
Living in a glass house; ten steps to walkable cities; fewer local shops, weaker community 
November 20
Mixed–use holding its value; the evolution of urban planning; discussing Middle Tennessee transportation 
November 13
Questioning a Parisian development; walkability and your smartphone; cohousing for seniors 
November 6 Keeping track of our trees; where millennials want to be; the “Field of Jeans”
October 30 The real cost of sprawl; how small can houses get?; a net–zero bus terminal
October 23 Where the most people bike to work; a cardboard bicycle; assessing value and sustainability
October 16 The benefits of artist–friendly cities; green improvements to a traditional mall; hobbit houses
October 9 Where the most commuters walk to work; more front porches; a cheese–powered race car
October 2 Peak driving; the value of transportation planning; heat–soaking drywall
September 25 Green housing demonstration; an elevated bike highway; islands of plastic trash
September 18 More transit, not more roads; sweat is a factor; apartments without parking
September 11 China’s autocentric growth; how far would you walk?; trees mean affluence
September 4 Bicycle highways; repurposing empty KMarts; Park(ing) Day
August 28 The value of vacant lots; how buildings interact; designing to belong
August 21 The “bike bus” of East Nashville; getting to work and home; a “house for all seasons”
August 14 Pedaling for power; a 1959 film on sprawl; building better blocks
August 7 Why your street needs trees; the “bus stop of the future”; dying malls
July 31 Removing downtown highways in Syracuse and Seoul; the added value of BRT
July 24 A “war on” gardens; handling population loss; higher-speed trains
July 17 Sustainability’s “ripple effect”; subdivisions to farmland; motion to power
July 10 Minimizing the effects of a warming climate; the cost of living in sprawl; urban “activity zones”
July 3 High-speed rail in the Southeast; where’s your neighborhood?; a Spanish solar house
June 26 “Matchmaking” derelict properties; container cities; not just another bus line
June 19 Outstanding websites; some advice for Memphis; fighting traffic slowdowns
June 12 Cities vs. suburbs for the elderly; “parklets”; animals helping cities
June 5 Moving back to the inner city; dogs save a neighborhood; the effects of bike lanes
May 29 Nashville traffic; the value of mixed-use; a “biocoal” steam train
May 22 A walkable city; more need, less transit; off-the-grid homes
May 15 Urban “grand inversion”; fewer riders, more problems; urban farming
May 8 The benefits of green infrastructure; TND neighborhoods; WiFi by the pound
May 1 “Foolish” traditional malls; a passive house; Atlanta strives to be greener
April 24 We walk less than most; eating locally; a green, floating building
April 18 Recycling on a bike; green job creation; container houses
April 10 Economic benefits of biking; creating complete streets; biking the motor state
April 3 Downtown redevelopment increases revenue; two cities’ approach to transit; walkability reduces street crime
March 27 Our 200th “Digest”; HOAs and sustainable practices; living in caves
March 20 Room for more rail service; links to sustainable living practices; GIS and historic preservation
March 13 Artful redevelopment ideas; live-work for workers; green funerals
March 6 The neighborhood that transit built; development with no parking; the resurrection of the corner store
February 28 Reinventing Chattanooga; the price of speed; an encyclopedia of land use codes
February 21 “Solar decathlon” house in Nashville; a greener transportation future; new uses for old malls
February 14 The Super Bowl and walkability; the most beautiful street in the world?; new zoning, old ideas
February 7 Street grids; roads and streets; good design, happier people
January 31 A “hyper-insulated” house; DIY street improvements; proactive zoning
January 24 Walking without sidewalks; how safe is your walk?; a new approach to highway maps
January 17 A bicycle highway; themes for 2012; why preserve old buildings?
January 10 The “micropolitan manifesto”; living close to transit; pedestrian-only streets
January 3 Pocket neighborhoods; seven bold projects; predictions for change