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Tag Archives: Urban Planning

February 16, 2017
Citywide Planning Battle Raging in L.A.
Next City

A proposition on the March 7 citywide ballot seeks to tame Los Angeles once and for all. The battle over Measure S – also known as the “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative” – echoes many of the frustrations and fears that sent Donald Trump to the White House.

February 14, 2017
Living for the City: Jane Jacobs’s “Vital Little Plans”
L.A. Review of Books

I read most of Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs while riding the bus in Los Angeles. It was a fitting backdrop for Jacobs’s observations on the “physical-economic-ethical processes” that comprise a city.

Leadership in Urban and Regional Development
Regional Studies (abstract)

This editorial paves the way for the articles addressing several contemporary sub-national leadership experiences in England, Australia, Finland, China, the Netherlands, Norway, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden.

February 13, 2017
February 12, 2017
L.A. Planners Often Allow Developers To Break Code
Los Angeles Times

When a developer proposed a high-rise tower and a shopping center at the site last year, L.A. planning commissioners — appointees of Mayor Eric Garcetti — approved the project even though it was 10 times taller than existing rules allowed. And this is not uncommon.

Metro Planners Leaning In to Make Cities Great
MZ Strategies

Two new resources spotlight ways planners working at the regional and metropolitan level are “leaning-in” to solve complex social, environmental and economic issues through better use of data, improved collaboration, and a mix of innovation, tenacity and leadership.

February 9, 2017
NYC DOT Kicks Off Citywide Transit Plan
Streetsblog NYC

NYC DOT will be releasing a citywide transit plan in the fall, and between now and then, the agency is hosting a series of workshops to hear how New Yorkers want to improve transit service.

Compact Development Does Not Reduce VMT
Reason Foundation

A recent article in the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) finds unlike earlier studies, compact development does not encourage people to drive less.

February 8, 2017
February 7, 2017
Visions of a Future City
City Observatory

What stories do we tell ourselves about the kind of world we want to live in?

Harnessing the Power of Nature to Improve Our Cities
The Dirt

People feel happier, healthier, and more social when they engage with nature. Their cognitive abilities go up and stress levels go down. So why is nature so often thought to be found only “out there” in the wilderness, or perhaps suburbia?

February 6, 2017
How Metro Planning Agencies Promote Public Health
Transportation for America

This new paper outlines four policy levers MPOs have at their disposal to help increase and improve active transportation projects to meet the demand, decrease health disparities, increase access to opportunities, and strengthen local economies.

Dutch Architects Aim to Redesign Russian City
Global Construction Review

Dutch firms de Architekten Cie and Felixx Landscape Architects are to redesign the historic centre of Chelyabinsk, a city in central Russia, about 1,500km east of Moscow.

February 5, 2017
Jane Jacobs’ Radical Vision of Humanity
The Nation

Jacobs’s unconventional politics grew out of her temperament. She was allergic to dogma; she followed not an ideology but a methodology. She did not assume, or imagine, or take things on faith; she observed. But she didn’t stop there.

‘Trickle-Down’ Planning in the City of Malmö
International Journal of Urban & Regional Research (abstract)

This article scrutinizes the much used concept of ‘trickle down’ in an urban setting. We make a distinction between the production of and distribution in the city, and argue that trickle down in urban policy could be regarded as the liberal link between production and distribution.

February 2, 2017
How London Suburb Became ‘Dementia-Friendly’
The Guardian

Purley suburb has been named a safe space for people with dementia, an idea born in the cities of Japan. Campaigners now want London to become the world’s first dementia-friendly capital – but what would that mean?

February 1, 2017
January 31, 2017
A Key Ingredient In Placemaking Faces Peril
California Planning & Development Report

Last year, eight Culver City restaurants closed in the city’s tiny downtown last year. Los Angeles Magazine referred to it as the “epicenter of the restaurant apocalypse.” This means that something else is in peril: the vibrancy of American, especially Californian, cities.

Density’s Lament
Smart Growth Seattle

The housing fight in Seattle defies plain logic and common sense; simple and tested solutions are discarded in favor of byzantine schemes with winners and losers.

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