What We’re Reading: May 31, 2016

What We’re Reading: May 31, 2016

In this edition: #InfrastructureWeek; Huntsville keeps growing; Airbnb for seniors.

Georgetown, Texas– the fastest growing city in the US in 2015. Photo credit: flickr/jimmywayne

Around the Web

Five Things to Read and Share During Infrastructure Week.” Smart Growth America, May 16, 2016

Infrsatructure Week was held earlier this month, and Smart Growth America (which is holding a public seminar in Huntsville next month on Complete Streets) has a list of reads related to infrastructure.

How Community-Engaged Design is Changing Development.” Next City, May 18, 2016 

In many cities, planners are creating partnerships with residents of changing neighborhoods.

Five of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Cities are in Texas.” Census Bureau, May 19, 2016 

The Census has released its 2015 estimates for cities. Fourteen out of the fifteen fastest growing cities are in the South and West. Meanwhile, Huntsville continued growing at a modest pace last year, topping 190,000 for the first time.

Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements For 18-34 Year Olds.” Pew Research Center, May 24, 2016 

More young people are living with their parents than any other living arrangement for the first time, according to this analysis of Census data.

This ‘Airbnb for the Elderly’ Could Curb Loneliness in Cities.” Citylab, May 26, 2016 

A European start-up will try to become the “Airbnb for seniors.” Members will rent out spare rooms in their residence specifically for people over 50. If successful, this concept could help seniors “age in place”– that is, stay where they want to without the burden of home upkeep.

Featured Video

Cummings Research Park Master Plan Revealed.” City of Huntsville, May 26, 2016 

The draft Cummings Research Park Master Plan was revealed earlier this month. The most significant change to the office park proposed in this plan will add more allowed uses in some areas, including retail, restaurants and multi-family residential. Check it out: http://www.cummingsresearchpark.com/

Featured Book

The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities by Alexander Garvin. A colorful introductory book into planning, with a focus on four cities (Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Paris) and the planners behind their design.

Know of something you would like to share? Email us at bigpicture@huntsvilleal.gov. Keep it planning-related, please.