Top 5 Stories from the Week (Sept 17–Sept 21, 2018)

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1. Austin’s CodeNEXT

by Charles Marohn | September 17, 2018

This week we are examining what went wrong with Austin’s CodeNEXT zoning overhaul process and what should be done now.

2. Austin’s Bad Party: The Failure of CodeNEXT

by Daniel Herriges | September 19, 2018

Austin’s CodeNEXT process, a dramatic overhaul of the city’s zoning code, tried to placate multiple constituencies with a “grand bargain.” The result was a draft code that satisfied almost no one and failed to solve the city’s housing and growth challenges.

3. The Major Urban Revolution of Minor Transportation Means

by Yuval Karmi | September 14, 2018

Electric bikes and scooters have enormous advantages for short urban trips. How will they change our cities? When Elisha Otis introduced the safety elevator in 1852, he never imagined skyscrapers.

4. Ellicott City’s Flood Mitigation Plans Would Be a Disaster in Their Own Right

by Mary Catherine Walter | September 17, 2018

Like many small, historic cities, Ellicott City, Maryland is a resilient town that has always rebuilt and recovered after natural disasters. It would be a shame if it could not recover from a man-made one.

5. Does The Public Really Want Dramatic Change?

by Charles Marohn | September 20, 2018

Does the average resident want dramatic change or do they want the urban development status quo?

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