This week’s most intriguing stories about urban planning, public spaces and citizen action.

  • “Form Based Code” planning is being implemented in New England.  Is it all that different from Lifestyle Centers? [seacostonline.com]
  • Will the country’s mortgage crisis derail urban renewal? [Planetizen]
  • Farmer’s Market Champion brings healthy food to children and adults [insidebayarea.com]
  • Locating and utilizing POPOS: Pushing the limits in San Francisco [New American City]

  • The Blue Ridge AIA is holding a design competition in the City of Roanoke to better utilize public spaces and create sustainable conditions [Roanoke Urban Effect]
  • NY’s Governor Patterson signs brownfield legislation into effect, helping upstate New York cities redevelop responsibly  [SSG]
  • Washington State designates Farmers Market Week [Tacoma Daily]
  • Food Stamp acceptance at farmers markets leads to increase in crowds [Hollister Free Lance]
  • If you ask developers for nothing in terms of public space, that’s what you’ll get! [Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space]
  • “Protest Zones” designated for Beijing Olympics [Oread Daily]
  • Public art policies in Ontario promote civic involvement [Sudbury Star]
  • Atlanta program promotes access and authentic child play in public parks [Helping Hands Georgia]

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