Blogs

Conventional evaluation often exaggerates congestion costs by using baseline travel speeds which exceed speed limits. This assumes that traffic speed compliance is a congestion cost that justifies major infrastructure investments to alleviate. Opinion
Jun 11, 2014   By Todd Litman
With increasing skepticism and conflict towards planners and planning projects, we must ask ourselves: Is the power and politics now vested in "community participation" undermining the planning profession? Opinion
Jun 10, 2014   By Reuben Duarte
Chinese cities have grown at an astounding pace over the past few decades, wholeheartedly embracing the automobile. The upcoming IPO of Alibaba and the rise of e-commerce heralds a new, possibly troubling chapter in China's urban development. Opinion
Jun 8, 2014   By Josh Stephens
Public concern about gentrification is based on fears that out-of-control rents are pricing out the middle and lower classes. But rent is rising even in places where gentrification is not happening. Opinion
Jun 2, 2014   By Michael Lewyn
When it comes to tall buildings, there's a lot of dogma out there among urbanists, in both directions. Lets spend more time and attention on the quality of tower and neighbourhood design, rather than on how tall the buildings are. Opinion
Jun 1, 2014   By Brent Toderian
Beyond permits and specific plans, urban planning is the creation and facilitation of a user experience, where the neighborhood bar is an essential ingredient to the cohesiveness of a neighborhood. Opinion
Jun 1, 2014   By Reuben Duarte
The design of urban landscapes has become dominated by a growing call for them to be ecologically resilient. But isn't it important what they look like? Opinion
May 31, 2014   By Mark Hough
My recent column, "Evaluating Public Transit Funding Options," described various ways to finance public transit improvements. Such funding is sometimes criticized. This column examines and responds to common criticisms. Opinion
May 29, 2014   By Todd Litman
Wesley E. Highfield, Walter Gillis Peacock, and Shannon Van Zandt from Texas A&M examine the damage after Hurricane Ike and its relationship to social vulnerability (Available via Open Access, http://goo.gl/K) in a new JPER article. Opinion
May 28, 2014   By JPER
When should a city give neighborhood concerns weight, and when should a state or city create clear-cut rules that limit planners' discretion to consider neighborhood concerns? Opinion
May 22, 2014   By Michael Lewyn