The Coming War on Impact Fees

The Supreme Court ruled Friday that developers and home builders in California may challenge the fees commonly imposed by cities and counties to pay for new roads, schools, sewers and other public improvements.

Despite our best intentions with street frontages

Planners can force developers to put parking in the back, build closer to the road, require a certain percentage of fenestration, and even make them provide doors and walkways that are accessible from

Keeping sidewalks shoveled and clear in the winter

I've been in the Portland region for almost a decade and every year we have consistent stretches of below-freezing weather, sometimes lasting a couple weeks. One thing I've noticed