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Tag Archives: Urban Planning

June 6, 2017
Research Network on Regional Economic and Policy History
Planning Perspectives (abstract)

The network aims to stimulate research in relation to regional economic development and planning challenges, by exploring the importance of historical approaches and methodologies whilst uncovering linkages between historical science and regional studies.

June 5, 2017
Performance-Based Planning and Programming For Transit
Federal Transit Administration

When implemented effectively, performance management can improve project and program delivery, inform investment decisions, focus staff on leadership priorities, and provide greater transparency and accountability.

June 4, 2017
How Could BlockChain Change Planning?
The Planner UK

Devised for the digital currency Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology has created the backbone of a new type of internet and its potential to publicly record everything of value holds opportunities for the planning community.

June 1, 2017
Reston’s Zoning Revision Generating Pushback to Growth
The Connection

The Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning wants to amend the zoning ordinance for Reston, but it was met with a lot of grief during three community meetings this month on May 3 and May 15 at the North County Governmental Center and May 24 at Lake Anne Elementary School.

May 30, 2017
Is New Urbanism A Religion?
Straight Outta Suburbia

The idea that new urbanists are sanctimonious is both a charge of hypocrisy and a kind of metaphorical implication that new urbanism is like a religion that people just passively accept without any kind of evidence. But does this allegation hold water?

Will Zoning Liberalization Actually Boost Density?
Migration Issues

It is a truism among urbanists that if we remove onerous zoning and land use rules that density will increase; that is, buildings will get taller, parking less common, and more people will reside in more classically urban spaces. I’m skeptical.

May 29, 2017
May 25, 2017
The Weird Visions of Vancouver That Never Came To Be
Scout Magazine

Over the years architects, planners and developers have yearned to leave a lasting mark on Vancouver. Take a look at several city-altering designs from decades past that never quite made it — I like to refer to them as the good, the bad and the beguiling.

5 Ways Planners Get Charrettes Wrong
Next City

Participatory design is an important piece of equitable urban planning. A well-executed charrette can help facilitate that goal. But a poorly executed charrette can further the stereotype that city agencies only pay lip service to community concerns.

Marshall Berman’s Marxist Embrace of Robert Moses
Jacobin Magazine

One might think Marshall Berman would have good reason to distrust the modern: growing up in the Bronx, his neighborhood was decimated in one of the most violent processes of urban destruction in the 20th century. So why does he pay tribute to its destroyer Robert Moses?

Integrating Population Into Urban Planning Models
Sidewalk Talk

Before we can understand how transportation services, policies, or infrastructure impact a community, we must understand who lives in the community today, tomorrow, and 20 years from now. Integrating population into planning models can start to solve that.

May 17, 2017
Urban Planning Can’t Happen without Black People in the Room
The Root

Sit at the tables where people are deciding where the new school will go, whether to expand the bus stop or if a new business can drop itself into a neighborhood, and the first question that comes to mind is, “Where are all the people of color?”

May 14, 2017
Could Austin’s CodeNext Bring Affordable Housing, Density?
Austin American-Statesman

As a part of the efforts to bring more affordable housing to Austin under a massive zoning code rewrite, the city could see far more properties eligible for developer incentives allowing for denser and sometimes larger developments.

Land Use Planning and Construction Land Growth in China
Cities (abstract)

Land use planning is a comprehensive instrument for managing non-agricultural land growth in China, and the evaluation of its implementation effect on growth control is of great significance for policy improvement.

May 11, 2017
How to Bring More Artists Into City Planning
Next City

At New York’s Department of Design and Construction, Mary Miss is studying how artists might initiate their own projects within the agency’s area of concern. Her mandate is no less than to change the culture of an agency known for its sometimes difficult relationships with architects.

Alamo Plaza Makeover Approved By San Antonio Council
San Antonio Express-News

Alamo Plaza, long seen as the heart of downtown San Antonio, could undergo a makeover in the next seven years, including removal of most traffic and relocation of the 1930s Cenotaph, under a plan approved by the City Council.

May 10, 2017
The Limits of ‘Active Ageing’ Rhetoric
Regional Studies (abstract)

This paper examines the theoretical shortfalls, policy limits and practical constraints to active ageing, with a focus on social exclusion, locational disadvantage, spatial exclusion and the impediments local councils encounter in supporting this policy.

May 9, 2017
May 8, 2017
May 7, 2017
Understanding Smart Cities From An Evolutionary Perspective
Cities (abstract)

The current paper reviews the research in the field to date to find that there are conflicting views in smart city planning, which limit our knowledge about the ‘real’ smart city and its implications for building creative and inclusive urban space.

May 4, 2017
Visualizing Comparable Density
The Urbanist

Perceptions on density depend on design. This article shows examples of various densities in Washington State communities and closes with a summary of design elements that help to make density more compatible.

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