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Tag Archives: Urban Planning

April 27, 2017
The Next Era in Zoning Codes
Columbia Business Times

In 1931, the academic journal Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science published an article called “History of Zoning.” It was an ironic title; the instituted practice of zoning was barely a decade old.

Dynamically Planned: Make Only Big Plans, the Sequel
Living Cities

In his latest writing on the Equipt to Innovate framework, Steven Bosacker takes inspiration from architect Daniel Burnham, plus the work of cities like New Orleans and Louisville, to discuss how urban areas can tackle their biggest issues by making appropriately big plans.

April 25, 2017
Four Steps Towards An Inclusive Houston
The Urban Edge

There’s no question that the Houston housing market – especially the suburban housing market – provides opportunity for people with good blue-collar and white-collar jobs. But the big picture masks growing inequality and disparity that is at least as bad than the national average.

Improving Planning By Gender Analysis
Regional Studies (abstract)

This paper proposes a way to assess the gender situation at the local level and, thus, to help enhance gender equality.

April 20, 2017
Learning From Jane Jacobs, Who Saw Today’s City Yesterday
New York Times

Although Jacobs was wrong about many things — most significantly in her refusal to imagine race as something that can shake things up in urban life — she was prescient as well, even in her later years, in books that virtually no one reads today.

Gender, Class, Race, and Space in Rotterdam’s Future
Cities (abstract)

Rotterdam policy makers, entrepreneurs, economists and politicians have been departing from its industrial, masculine and working class heritage and investing in what is commonly referred to as a post-industrial economy: one of consumption and services.

April 19, 2017
April 18, 2017
PPS, Brookings’ Strategy for Oklahoma City Innovation District
Project for Public Spaces

Today, a new report outlining a growth strategy for Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district, an area encompassing the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley, was released by a joint initiative with the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces.

April 17, 2017
April 16, 2017
April 13, 2017
Putting The Public Back in Public Space

The design profession is growing more comfortable discussing issues like equity and social justice, but figuring out how to move from ideal to action can be difficult.

Remembering The Basics Of Good Urban Planning
Greater Greater Washington

GGWash used to run more posts about the basics of urbanism than we do today. A few years ago, we had a core group of writers that was still cutting its teeth in the planning world, and a byproduct of that was frequent content about simple things that make places better for people.

Downtown Needs Bathrooms

Everyone needs to pee. This is an observation so obvious that it shouldn’t need to be stated. Yet it seems it’s not an observation that has made its way into our urban planning.

An End To Reno-Suburb Planning Bickering?
Reno Gazette-Journal

The Washoe County Commission decided to back off proposed legislation that would have upended a painfully crafted compromise on how growth is managed in the Truckee Meadows, saying it has recently made headway in resolving its differences with the cities of Reno and Sparks.

April 12, 2017
Zoning Is Tough, Lucrative
Restless Urbanist

The issues with zoning is tough, and there are no simple answers or fixes. The current system is broken, but it is also engrained into the DNA of current city planning. It will take a significant change in how we manage cities to lift these conflict based codes.

April 11, 2017


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