What We’re Reading: January 2017

What We’re Reading: January 2017

In this edition: Disney’s “city of tomorrow”, two decades later; Calculating the density of breweries; Uber releases its ridership data. 

Celebration, Florida. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Around the Web

Where are Americans Moving?” Governing, December 20, 2016

The US Census Bureau released its 2016 population estimates for states last month. The fastest-growing state between 2015-16 was Utah; Alabama as a whole grew, but just barely– about 0.2 percent, or just under 10,000 people.

What Disney’s City of the Future Says About the Present.” The Economist, December 24, 2016 

Celebration, Florida was developed by Disney as a New Urbanist community. Twenty years from its opening, the town has had some challenges, but remains a model for mixed-use suburban development.

Beer and Cities: A Toast to 2017.” City Observatory, January 2, 2017 

This article features an analysis of brewery density– counting how many breweries within five miles of a city’s center. They only look at large metros, but in case you’re wondering, Huntsville has seven breweries within 5 miles of the city center (six, if you count Straight to Ale’s two locations as one brewery). That puts us on par with Miami and Birmingham, but nowhere near Portland, Oregon’s 89 breweries.

Can Uber’s New Data Tool Change How Cities Plan Transportation?” Curbed, January 9, 2017 

Rideshare service Uber has unveiled a new data tool called Movement, where users can see where to and from trips were made. The data are anonymous, and doesn’t pinpoint exact locations. As Uber grows in popularity, the data might prove useful in transportation planning.

How C6 Zoning Could Reshape Huntsville Neighborhoods.” City of Huntsville Cityblog, January 18, 2017 

The City approved a new zoning designation last year– Commercial C6– which allows for new mixed-use development near residential neighborhoods. The first potential site to be zoned C6 is in Lowe Mill.

Featured Video

Wahlburgers Coming to Downtown Huntsville.” City of Huntsville, January 10, 2017

CityCentre at Big Spring, a new downtown development on the site of the former Holiday Inn/Hilton, broke ground this month. Two tenants were announced: AC Hotel by Marriott and Wahlburgers.

Featured Book

Seeing the Better City” by Charles Wolfe. While data and mapping have revolutionized planning, these tools don’t replace real-world experiences when it comes to policy making, argues the author.

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