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Tag Archives: Urban Planning

October 29, 2014
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October 19, 2014
Woodlands In Houston Facing a Crossroads After 40 Years
Houston Chronicle (Paywall)

Don Gebert moved “to the middle of nowhere” in the early 1970s and had to have an electrician run a line for half a mile in the piney woods 30 miles north of downtown Houston just to light up his newly built home.

October 16, 2014
Why Strong Towns Is Important
Strong Towns

The Minneapolis Star Tribune just ran a great piece on Strong Towns’ President Chuck Marohn in which it gives the obligatory ‘creation myth’ of the Strong Towns movement through Chuck’s personal story.

October 15, 2014
October 14, 2014
Most Important Skills for Planning Staff to Have
Planners Web

Just as we wanted to know what skills planning commissioners found most important in their role, we were interested in learning what professional planners considered most important in their job.

October 13, 2014
Philly Mayor Touts Urban Planning As His Legacy

With his time in office growing shorter, Mayor Nutter on Monday will make his case that his administration’s seven-year focus on urban planning has left Philadelphia a more vibrant, first-tier city that has yet to peak.

October 12, 2014
What Old Transit Maps Can Teach About a City’s Future
The Atlantic CityLab

Houston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles are three of America’s most notoriously car-dependent metropolitan areas, but each has taken steps of late to counter highway-first development patterns with more sustainable ones.

October 5, 2014
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September 28, 2014
NashvilleNext Development Process Moving Into Final Phase
The Nashville Ledger

As the city shifts into fall, planners are gearing up for the final phase of NashvilleNext, a three-year long planning process that will have a major impact on growth and development patterns in Davidson County over the next 25 years.

September 23, 2014
Global Urban Population to Reach 3.9 Billion This Year
Inter Press Service

People living in cities already outnumber those in rural areas and the trend does not appear to be reversing, according to UN-Habitat, the Nairobi-based agency for human settlements, which has warned that planning is crucial to achieve sustainable urban growth.

September 21, 2014
September 17, 2014
New Development Plan Unveiled for Sunset District
The San Francisco Examiner

More than a century ago, the Sunset district was a landscape of sand-covered hills that separated downtown San Francisco from the Pacific Ocean. Today, the neighborhood is bustling with families, schools, shopping and entertainment — but there is still room to grow.

September 16, 2014
How Urban Should A Waterfront Be?
Next City

On an unseasonably warm Friday afternoon in Brazil’s wintry July, the sun hung low in the sky on its way to the horizon.

September 15, 2014
Transforming In-Between Spaces To Benefit of Urban Communities
This Big City

In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.


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