Donald H. Elliott, Innovative Urban Planner, Dies at 89

He preserved landmarks in New York through creative zoning, involved communities in decision-making and insisted on aesthetic standards for urban design.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #city-planning-commission-nyc, #city-planning-department-nyc, #deaths-obituaries, #elliott-donald-h-1932-2021, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #land-use-policies, #new-york-city, #urban-areas

In Afghanistan, ‘Who Has the Guns Gets the Land’

A decades-long fight over land has been reinvigorated as Taliban leaders look to reward their fighters with property, even if that means evicting others.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #land-use-policies, #musa-qala-afghanistan, #taliban

Hundreds of Companies Promised to Help Save Forests. Did They?

Cargill, Nestle, Carrefour and others pledged to reach net-zero deforestation in their supply chains by 2020.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-disclosure-project-cdp, #cocoa, #forests-and-forestry, #internal-open-access, #land-use-policies

The Build Back Better Plan and American Economic Policy

The root causes of rising costs for things like housing and health care are mostly regulatory. We need a strategy to address that. 

#democratic-party, #inflation-economics, #land-use-policies, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #zoning

How Leather Seats in Luxury SUVs Fuel Amazon Deforestation

An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-river-basin, #automobiles, #beef, #brazil, #cattle, #ford-motor-co, #forests-and-forestry, #general-motors, #global-warming, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jbs-sa, #land-use-policies, #leather-and-leather-goods, #marfrig-group, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #ranches, #volkswagen-ag

Will Indonesia Edge Its Way into the Space Race?

An Indigenous clan fears it will lose its place in the world as the government pursues a quest to open a spaceport and lure the billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

#indigenous-people, #indonesia, #joko-widodo, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

In the Fight Against Climate Change, Young Voices Speak Out

Five participants in a Generation Climate program convened by The New York Times gave us their thoughts on the issues, why they became involved and what steps make a difference.

#adler-meredith-activist, #agriculture-and-farming, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #de-smet-michiel, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #jose-john-paul, #land-use-policies, #nakate-vanessa, #rodriguez-bruno, #sustainable-living, #weather

An Indigenous Canadian Director Channels Traumatic Memories Into Film

Tracey Deer based “Beans” on her experiences as a child during the 1990 Oka crisis, a confrontation between the Mohawk people and the government.

#beans-movie, #canada, #content-type-personal-profile, #deer-tracey, #indigenous-people, #kiawentiio-2006, #land-use-policies, #movies, #oka-quebec, #oka-crisis, #race-and-ethnicity

Palestinian Families Reject Deal in Area That Helped Set Off Gaza Conflict

The threatened evictions of Palestinian residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem led to a war in Gaza last May.

#arab-israeli-war-1948, #arab-israeli-war-1967, #east-jerusalem, #evictions, #gaza-strip, #israeli-settlements, #land-use-policies, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

The Glasgow Deforestation Pledge Isn’t Enough to Save Our Forests

World leaders have pledged again to end deforestation. This time, they need to actually do it.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #canada, #carbon-dioxide, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #paris-france, #peru, #politics-and-government, #russia, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states, #wildfires, #world-resources-institute

How Misinformation Threatened a Montana National Heritage Area

Civic boosters in central Montana hoped for some federal money to promote tourism. A disinformation campaign got in the way.

#american-farm-bureau-federation, #cascade-county-mont, #great-falls-mont, #great-falls-tribune, #land-use-policies, #local-government, #montana, #national-park-service, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Colombians Are Uniting Around Land Reform. Here’s Why.

Helping farmers is an idea that unites the country’s left and right.

#blinken-antony-j, #colombia, #duque-ivan, #internal-sub-only, #land-use-policies, #transplants

The Role for State Governments in the Housing Crisis

How to solve the housing crisis (part 3).

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #evictions, #gentrification, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only, #land-use-policies, #local-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Obama Breaks Ground on Presidential Center in Chicago After Lengthy Discord

The project has been bogged down by legal challenges and a federal review. Barack Obama’s presidential papers won’t actually be housed there — they’ll be digitized, another point of contention.

#archives-and-records, #black-people, #chicago-ill, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #illinois, #land-use-policies, #libraries-and-librarians, #lightfoot-lori, #obama-foundation, #obama-presidential-center, #obama-barack, #obama-michelle, #pritzker-j-b, #united-states-politics-and-government

Five Years After Peace Deal, Colombia Is Running Out of Time, Experts Say

A treaty with rebels in 2016 called for the end of a decades-long war. But that is not the same as achieving peace, and the window for doing so may be closing.

#coca-plant, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duque-ivan, #income-inequality, #land-use-policies, #peace-process, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #rural-areas, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

‘Stairway to Heaven,’ or Dangerous Nuisance? A Hawaiian Landmark Is Set to Be Scrapped.

Honolulu officials said that maintaining the Haiku Stairs, an illegal hiking trail of 3,922 steps that crosses a mountain range, is too much of a liability.

#accidents-and-safety, #environment, #hawaii, #hikes-and-hiking, #honolulu-hawaii, #land-use-policies, #oahu-hawaii, #trespassing

Surfside Agonizes After Condo Collapse, With a Memorial Hanging in the Balance

What to do with the site? There is no easy way to both honor victims and compensate condo owners.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #florida, #land-use-policies, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

Defending Nature Is a Form of Justice

If citizens in construction-besotted Nashville can find the political will to preserve their trees, any city can.

#environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #land-use-policies, #nashville-tenn, #trees-and-shrubs

Inwood Watches Closely as New Zoning Kicks In

Taller buildings are going up, but, so far, developers are making good on their promises to bring affordable housing to the neighborhood.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #gentrification, #inwood-manhattan-ny, #joy-construction-corp, #lm-development-partners, #land-use-policies, #maddd-equities-llc, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taconic-partners-llc, #zoning

How to Make a Neighborhood Farm for an Entire Metropolis

A program being started in Atlanta helps midsize farmers buy their own land while providing much-needed fresh food to urban consumers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #atlanta-ga, #chicago-ill, #emory-university, #finances, #food, #land-use-policies, #small-business, #urban-areas, #working-farms-fund

It’s Some of America’s Richest Farmland. But What Is It Without Water?

A California farmer decides it makes better business sense to sell his water than to grow rice. An almond farmer considers uprooting his trees to put up solar panels. Drought is transforming the state, with broad consequences for the food supply.

#agriculture-and-farming, #aquifers, #central-valley-calif, #drought, #food, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #nuts, #reservoirs, #rice, #sacramento-river-calif, #sacramento-valley-calif, #san-joaquin-valley-calif, #water

Fight Over a Gentle Stream Distills Israel’s Political Divide

Who gets to enjoy the Asi, an exquisite squiggle of water? The question has come to symbolize the identity politics that divide Israeli society.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #israel, #kibbutz-movement, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government, #shas-party-israel, #water

The Quiet Strength of an Old-Growth Forest

When you have survived for hundreds or even thousands of years, there’s a strong chance you have seen it all before.

#fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #travel-and-vacations, #wildfires

After Erdogan Angers a Loyal Province, His Opponents See an Opportunity

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey set off protests in his home province, the heart of his political base, with plans to build a quarry that would destroy a pristine woodland.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government, #quarries, #rize-province-turkey, #turkey, #wilderness-areas

Wild Horses Adopted Under a Federal Program Are Going to Slaughter

Records show that some people who are paid $1,000 a head by the government to give legally protected mustangs “good homes” are sending the horses to auction once they get the money.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #auctions, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #horses, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #livestock, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us

Israeli Court Delays Expulsion of Palestinian Families in East Jerusalem

The threat to evict six families from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah had become a rallying cry for Palestinians.

#east-jerusalem, #evictions, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #land-use-policies, #palestinians, #politics-and-government

Why Biden Must Save Bears Ears National Monument

‘We are rooted to Mother Earth through her body like the plants are rooted to the soil.’

#bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #earth, #federal-lands, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #language-and-languages, #lee-michael-s-1971, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #utah, #women-and-girls

Affordable Housing Forever

Nonprofits that purchase land, build homes on it and sell them below market rate are giving low-income buyers a chance.

#affordable-housing, #black-people, #gentrification, #land-use-policies, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

We Need an Infrastructure Package for Nature

The long-term needs of ecosystems should come before our knee-jerk demands to get back to life.

#animals, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birds, #commuting, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #flowers-and-plants, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #long-island-ny, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #united-states

Taiwan Hunters Contend With Taboos, and Trials, to Uphold Tradition

The island’s Indigenous hunting cultures are circumscribed by ancient rituals and modern legal restrictions. We join a hunt as Taiwan’s constitutional court considers a case on Indigenous rights.

#hunting-and-trapping, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #taiwan

How Biden Can Free America From Its Zoning Straitjacket

If a state wants funds for infrastructure, it should meet strict conditions about housing construction.

#affordable-housing, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #california, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #zoning

Covid-19 Killed the Last Juma Elder in the Amazon

The coronavirus and Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, are jeopardizing the survival of Indigenous peoples and the future of the next human generation.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indigenous-people, #juma-aruka-d-2021, #land-use-policies

Testing Time at the Supreme Court

The outcome of a property rights case could foretell how much conservatives can expect from the justices.

#cedar-point-nursery, #eminent-domain, #fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #land-use-policies, #pacific-legal-foundation, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trespassing

Fighting the Mafia on Its Own Turf

An agricultural movement in Italy grows on land confiscated from organized crime.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cooperatives, #italy, #land-use-policies, #organized-crime

Do We Have to Pay Businesses to Obey the Law?

A motel owner in 1964 sued over being forced to accommodate Black patrons. Now agribusinesses are borrowing his argument to bar union organizers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #atlanta-ga, #black-people, #california, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitution-us, #discrimination, #labor-and-jobs, #land-use-policies, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American Cabinet Secretary

The Senate confirmed Ms. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. She’ll be charged with essentially reversing the agency’s course over the past four years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Hong Kong, Foreign Tourists Are Replaced by a Local Variety

Bored and trapped in an area one-third the size of Rhode Island, Hong Kongers have sought out the most far-flung corners of their city, mobbing parklands with crowds typically seen downtown.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #hikes-and-hiking, #hong-kong, #land-use-policies, #lion-rock-hong-kong, #travel-and-vacations

Black Farmers May Finally Get the Help They Deserve

A debt-relief program would be a step in repairing more than a century of discrimination by the Department of Agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #booker-cory-a, #discrimination, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical

Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change

As Deb Haaland, President Biden’s choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.

#global-warming, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

A Sacred Place Undone by Trump Must Be Saved by Biden

Bears Ears is one of the nation’s most compelling and mysterious landscapes and a place of worship for Native Americans.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wilderness-areas

A Bristling Standoff Rattles Gun-Friendly Vermont

In Pawlet, Vt., where a landowner opened a tactical weapons training site, a zoning dispute has escalated into something more dangerous.

#firearms, #gun-control, #land-use-policies, #pace-university, #vermont

Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action

After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #indian-health-service, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #pipelines, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Meet America’s 63rd National Park

The New River Gorge in West Virginia got the federal government’s highest protection, thanks, in part, to the latest pandemic relief bill.

#capito-shelley-moore, #coal, #geology, #hunting-and-trapping, #land-use-policies, #mines-and-mining, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parachutes-and-parachute-jumping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #west-virginia

Along the Southwest Border, Trump’s Wall Is Only One of the Insults He Left Behind

Here’s what Biden should do about the poverty, discrimination and environmental destruction.

#agriculture-and-farming, #border-barriers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deserts, #global-warming, #hispanic-americans, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #land-use-policies, #migrants-environmental, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #stimulus-economic, #water

Eleanor Torrey West, Preserver of Her Inherited Island, Dies at 108

Off Georgia’s coast, the lush 26,000-acre Ossabaw Island had been in her family since 1924. She dedicated her life to keeping it out of the hands of developers.

#conservation-of-resources, #deaths-obituaries, #environment, #georgia, #land-use-policies, #ossabaw-island-ga, #west-eleanor-torrey-1913-2021

President Biden to Sign Executive Order, Pausing Oil and Gas Leasing

The array of directives — touching on international relations, drilling policy, employment and national security, among other things — elevate climate change across every level of the federal government.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kerry-john, #land-use-policies, #mccarthy-gina, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Launches Climate Change Efforts

The president will announce a suite of executive actions on Wednesday to combat climate change, two people familiar with his plans said, including a ban on new oil and gas drilling on federal land.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Korean War Emptied the Town. Those Who Rebuilt It May Now Be Rewarded

Hundreds of destitute families moved to a town bordering North Korea after the war. Six decades later, their dream of owning the land they helped cultivate may finally come true.

#agriculture-and-farming, #defense-and-military-forces, #explosions-accidental, #korean-war, #land-use-policies, #mines-explosive, #north-korea, #politics-and-government, #south-korea

An Uncomfortable Seat at the Table

Deb Haaland’s nomination as secretary of the interior is historic. But as the first Native cabinet member, she would have to strike a delicate balance.

#bureau-of-indian-affairs, #curtis-charles-1860-1936, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us

Biden Plans to Conserve 30 Percent of America’s Lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

#agriculture-department, #babbitt-bruce, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #united-states, #western-states-us, #wilderness-areas