Blogs

Chicago's complaints about the signage on Donald Trump's new tower are predictable enough. What's surprising is that the people to design buildings rarely, if ever, get the slightest recognition in the public realm. Opinion
Jun 23, 2014   By Josh Stephens
The least congested cities tend to be small, declining, and dangerous. Opinion
Jun 22, 2014   By Michael Lewyn
How can the contemporary concepts in ecology studies—adaptability, resiliency, and flexibility—advance urban planning practices? Opinion
Jun 19, 2014   By Steven Snell
Development and research projects allow small firms entry into large-scale design. Opinion
Jun 18, 2014   By Anna Bergren Miller
As cities work hard to evolve their perspective on the role of streets as public places in smarter city-making, remember this: Good cities know that streets move people, not just cars. Great cities know that streets are places to linger and enjoy. Opinion
Jun 17, 2014   By Brent Toderian
Minimum parking requirements affect developer behavior most where they are most controversial: in downtown neighborhoods. In suburbs where they may just mimic the market, the arguments for such rules are paradoxically even weaker. Opinion
Jun 16, 2014   By Michael Lewyn
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