planning

Transportation
10:57 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Baton Rouge May Get A Streetcar Line

Plans are in the works for a $100 million streetcar line in the fast-developing Nicholson Drive corridor.

Planner John Fregonese tells The Advocate the corridor is a hotbed of commercial and residential development. Fregonese is working to implement the city's master land-use plan, known as FutureBR.

He cites developments such as IBM's service center, the residential tower going up next to it, the Water Campus coastal research center and the mixed-use River District development.

Transportation
7:30 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Putting The Pedal To The Metal: New Orleans' Bicycling Infrastructure Is Expanding

The newly-repaved Esplanade Ave. As part of the street's reconstruction, a lane in each direction was eliminated and a bike lane added.
Nina Feldman WWNO

No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer — and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists.

Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave.

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Old Mandeville
5:01 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Mandeville Residents Oppose Historic District Proposal

Dozens of Mandeville residents turned out for a public hearing earlier this week to vent about a plan to create a historic district.

The Times-Picayune reports most expressed fears the district would lead to over-regulation of private property.

Members of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission assured residents the ordinance to create the district can be modified based on public input. Still, some said it represents increased government intervention in their lives.

U.S.
5:08 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Texas Seeks New Water Supplies Amid Drought

Receding water at Lake Travis near Austin, Texas, has the state concerned about its water supply. In 2011, Lake Travis had the lowest inflow since it was created about 70 years ago.
Joshua Lott Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 1:59 pm

The punishing seven-year drought of the 1950s in Texas brought about the modern era of water planning. But the drought of 2011 was the hottest, driest 12 months on record there.

Though only a handful of towns saw their water sources dry up last summer, it got so bad that cities, industries and farmers began to think the unthinkable: Would they run out of water?

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NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
3:33 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Filling In New Orleans' Future, One Blank At A Time

Candy Chang, co-founder of the website Neighborland, writes on an art installation in New Orleans in April. As part of a public street art project that later became Neighborland, Chang put nametag-like stickers on empty New Orleans storefronts for residents to write ideas for improving the city.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 8:19 pm

New Orleans became a blank slate after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. And ever since, entrepreneurs have rushed in to experiment with new ideas for building and running a city.

Among them is a startup called Neighborland.com, a social media tool for sharing ideas to make your neighborhood better. After signing in to Neighborland, you can find your neighborhood and post your idea. The posts all start with "I want," and you fill in the rest.

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Commuter Rail
9:52 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Money Set Aside to Study Commuter Rail

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Planning groups in Baton Rouge and New Orleans have set aside money to study building passenger rail service linking the two major metropolitan areas.

The Advocate reports that the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Planning Organization last week approved spending $105,000 in federal money for a feasibility study of a commuter rail service to New Orleans.

Features
6:54 am
Mon October 13, 2008

Dutch Water and Urban Planners Check Out The Big Easy

Nearly two dozen water and urban planning experts from the Netherlands have been reviewing the system in the city of New Orleans. They've come up with some ambitious concepts outlined today at Tulane University.