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Here are the most recent important changes to our website, including new articles, visitor questions, and editors' answers. You'll also find links to significantly revised pages and time-sensitive or short items we want to bring to your attention. Sometimes we also add short items of interest, especially time-sensitive notes about conferences, webinars, or seasons.

Transit Oriented Development Creates Opportunity and Affordability

Transit oriented development, usually a mixed-use project adjoining and including a transit stop, reduces transportation costs and potentially housing cost while offering many municipal and social benefits.

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Church sold lots and cannot meet parking requirement

Visitor Question: I have general questions. A large church congregation owns several parcels in a half-residential/half-office zoned area. It then sells

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Closed CDC meetings and transparency

Visitor Question: Can a community development corporation hold meetings which are closed to the community at large? Editors Reply: A community development

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What to do after deed restrictions have expired

Visitor Question: I purchased a home 2 years ago here in Florida. I was told it was deed restricted until about May of 2018. That's when through social

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Autonomous Vehicles and Transit: How Driverless Will Decide the Future

How autonomous vehicles and transit interact will determine whether transit survives. Seize the compelling social reasons to ask your transit agency to take the lead.

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It's Time for Smaller Cities to Think About a Bicycle Sharing Program

Bicycle sharing is spreading rapidly throughout five continents and becoming feasible for smaller cities, campuses, and large businesses. These programs offer both outstanding social benefits and operational and technical challenges for cities.

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Driverless Cars and Sprawl: Some Say Worse, Some Say Better

The relationships between driverless cars and sprawl will be complex, as some factors support city center vitality while the technology also will make long commutes easier.

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How A Temporary Use Permit Process Can Help Your City

A temporary use permit adds flexibility to the zoning ordinance while still assuring appropriate safeguards over sales, fairs, and seasonal uses.

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City of Delray Beach Alleyway Cleanup Project

Visitor Writes: The City of Delray Beach Public Works Department (Streets & Storm Water Divisions) completed our alleyway clean-up in preparations for

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Community Development Consulting With an Uncommon Practical Eye

If your neighborhood or community is struggling with an issue or needs a plan, a short, focused, practical engagement with our community development consulting services can save much wasted effort.

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Cities Must Anticipate How Driverless Cars and City Planning Interact

Your city can save money and a mad scramble later if you start now to consider how driverless cars and city planning may relate in the next few decades.

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Impact of developer out of business on deed restrictions

Visitor Question: If the original incorporation, that established a deed restriction when it sold off land to new buyers years ago, has been shut down

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Writing Neighborhood Plans Leads to Clarity and Action

Neighborhood plans work wonders if you need to solidify residents or your city around specific goals. Find out what it takes to prepare one.

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Urban Sprawl Solutions Require Strong Coalitions and Alert Governments

Building an unlikely coalition to support urban sprawl solutions bolsters political will to avoid short-term thinking and embrace vibrant urbanism and cost-efficient infrastructure.

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How Concentration of Poverty Multiplies Bad Results

Making a dent in the concentration of poverty improves neighborhoods, interrupts intergenerational low-income patterns, and helps children thrive. Start today.

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