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Planning Digest 2015

The "Planning Digest" is a selection of web links related to sustainable development, published every Tuesday by the Metro Planning Department. 2015 issues are linked below; previous years' Digests are in the menu to the left.

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Date Description
December 29 Pedestrian-only places; sidewalk removal in Louisville; the states people want to move to
December 15 Wider roads vs. science; cities' environmental friendliness; the value of bike tourist
December 8 A "Highway of the Future" in Georgia; dealing with congestion; stopping the "ugly building epidemic"
December 1 Replacing downtown freeways; vibrant neighborhoods and economic growth; pedestrian fast lanes
November 24 A park below an overpass; green building, green profits; #BlackFridayParking
November 10 How much parking is too much?; issues planners might consider; the "top ten urban innovations"
November 3 Clearing away the freeway; a "vertical urban village" in Memphis; safer street design
October 27 A city with no cars; aging in place; cyclists and drivers' mutual frustration
October 20 Nashville's building boom; safer bike lanes; road safety standards
October 13 Patterns of how we build; ideas for safer roads; road diets
September 22 We like our single-family homes; D-D printed mud houses; why cities shouldn't be boring
July 7
Conflict over Beale Street; a rail line park; tiny houses in Houston
June 16 Removing an expressway; heads-up displays for cyclists; bike travel in an elevated park
June 3 Narrow streets, more bikes; support for smaller urban infill; capsule houses
May 20 De-stressing by bike commuting; a national fitness ranking; safer streets for children
May 12 Houston's first General Plan; no cars for a month; a "protected" intersection for cyclists
May 7 A new livability index; animal and insect infrastructure; bird feeding and habitat preservation
April 29 Open spaces; underground bikeways; wild animals in the city
April 22 The best housing in the USA?; over-reliance on cars; an "aeroponic" farm
April 9 What do you want your streets to be?; "parking craters"; the "WalkUP Wake-Up Call"
April 1 The broken logic of parking; distracted driving; local bike safety courses
March 17 Advice for urban architects; new facts on bike safety; Nashville's take on a bike convention
March 10 Revitalizing suburbs; San Francisco's buried creeks; how ancient and modern cities compare
February 26 Energy from city water; a carbon-positive home; a city working to be carbon-neutral
February 11 Decreasing bike accidents in Portland; how much parking is enough?; rails to trails in East Tennessee
February 3 Commuting issues; gentrification; Australians look at US malls
January 27 Consequences of car dependency; interactive commuting maps; safer bike and pedestrian commutes
January 20 Nashville immigrants' success; how your personality affects where you live; health benefits of a forest visit
January 14 Cyclists' greatest safety risks; complete streets in Chicago; Minneapolis bike lanes
January 6 "Urban acupuncture," repurposed firehalls, and what to do with the Astrodome