Blogs

Planners can do a better job communicating the benefits of high quality public transit and transit-oriented development. We can learn from marketing professionals—it's time to channel Don Draper. Blog Post
Mar 19, 2015   By Todd Litman
A new article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research tests whether Jacob’s ideas ring true for predicting pedestrian vitality in Seoul. Blog Post
Mar 18, 2015   By JPER
In her article, "What Champions of Urban Density Get Wrong," the Philadelphia Inquirer's Inga Saffron critiques attempts to increase urban population. This post responds to her work. Blog Post
Mar 17, 2015   By Michael Lewyn
Metro Vancouver is about to vote on a historic Transportation and Transit Plan, and an associated sales tax increase to pay for it. Will the citizens of this model transit Metro vote against a transit-friendly future? Canadian urbanists weigh in. Blog Post
Mar 14, 2015   By Brent Toderian
A new scholarly paper argues that ancient and modern cities can be usefully analyzed in a comparative perspective. But what you do with the comps depends on how much you value similarities versus differences in urban form. Blog Post
Mar 9, 2015   By Dean Saitta
Randal O'Toole claims that light rail transit is more dangerous than bus or automobile travel, but he fails to account for exposure or overall safety benefits. This is a good example of bad statistical analysis. Blog Post
Mar 5, 2015   By Todd Litman
A recent property professors' conference discussed a variety of issues of possible interest to planners including tightened home lending standards, municipal policies affecting the homeless, the Fair Housing Act, and inclusionary zoning. Blog Post
Mar 2, 2015   By Michael Lewyn
Contrary to the prevailing narrative about decreasing vehicle miles traveled runs a constant decline in the number of carpools. Very little is known about why Americans are carpooling so much less, so can mobile apps hope to reverse the the trend? Blog Post
Feb 25, 2015   By Steven Polzin
A new article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research (@JPER7) by Hongwei Dong of California State University, Fresno, asks whether New Urbanist developments were more resilient in terms of recovering from the 2008 real estate crash. Blog Post
Feb 20, 2015   By JPER
In suburbia, the line between smart growth and conventional sprawl is sometimes a blurry one. Blog Post
Feb 19, 2015   By Michael Lewyn