Infill is also a big topic lately, when it comes to land use. Developers are being encouraged to build houses and housing developments on empty parcels in already-existing neighborhoods, instead of heading to the outskirts of town to build a sprawling complex.
That's not just the case in Spokane of course. In Portland, they're taking the concept of infill to the extreme, by building apartment buildings that don't have parking for cars. This saves on the cost of building a complex, which in turn brings the price of rent down for the tenants. This also allows apartment buildings on smaller lots where they wouldn't fit if a large parking lot had to be included in the project.
So how's that working out? StreetsBlog has the story.