Exclusives

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3 days ago
A blog post comparing the Athens Charter, written by modernist architects in the 1930s, to traditional urbanism and modern sprawl.
Michael Lewyn
Feature
July 18, 2016, 2pm PDT
The ethical quandaries that will confront self-driving cars as they navigate the world pose a lot of difficult questions. Antonio Loro charts a course for answering these tough questions.
Antonio Loro
Blog post
July 17, 2016, 1pm PDT
More than any other place, wildlife have impact on human health, quality of life and aesthetics in urban areas. Thinking about city planning at the terrestrial wildlife scale could support mutual objectives of city planning.
Steven Snell
Blog post
July 14, 2016, 2pm PDT
Planners are often involved in social equity analysis. How issues are defined and measured can affect what seems fair and just. Consider, for example, the fairness of toilet access.
Todd Litman
Blog post
July 13, 2016, 8am PDT
Planners across the globe have been exploring opportunities to use augmented reality to enhance the way the public engages with the city. Over the last few days Pokémon Go took off, and now people are wandering across cities to catch Pokémon.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Feature
July 13, 2016, 5am PDT
It has been 20 years since the city of Birmingham, Michigan approved the Birmingham 2016 Master Plan. Robert J. Gibbs, one of the planners on a team that included Andrés Duany, describes the decisions and process that contributed to the plan.
Robert J. Gibbs
Blog post
July 11, 2016, 5am PDT
The transportation policy debate regularly falls victim to incorrect or incomplete "facts" getting passed around like the game of telephone.
Steven Polzin
Blog post
July 7, 2016, 5am PDT
Tesla has just disclosed the first fatal crash of a driver using its "Autopilot" system. Tesla should be concerned about the question of who's liable, and we should all be concerned about the wider consequences of this tragic event.
Scott Le Vine
Blog post
July 5, 2016, 10am PDT
Planners, like any other professionals, live in a kind of bubble. Those charged with dealing with the public run the risk of expecting too much from residents as they design community engagement activities. Here are some of the most common mistakes.
Dave Biggs
Feature
June 28, 2016, 2pm PDT
Is Airbnb to blame for rising house prices? This article by Leigh Stewart from Tranio.com investigates how easy money from the collaborative economy could be making homes too expensive for tenants and genuine buyers.
Leigh Stewart
Blog post
June 28, 2016, 11am PDT
Do you remember exactly when you wanted to become an urban planner? Neither do I.
Pete Sullivan
Blog post
June 27, 2016, 2pm PDT
Like train stations, Greyhound stations can be tolerable urban places- or they can be another example of suburban sprawl.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
June 27, 2016, 7am PDT
Taxis, including new ride hailing services, play unique and important roles in an efficient and equitable transport systems. Let's support them with smart policies.
Todd Litman
Blog post
June 26, 2016, 1pm PDT
The Garden City concept has a long and honorable pedigree within urban planning. Analysis of Sterling Ranch, a master-planned community outside of Denver, Colorado highlights some important issues around social and environmental sustainability.
Dean Saitta
Blog post
June 24, 2016, 6am PDT
A case study of Vallejo shows how the city is continuing revitalization efforts without the powerful tools provided by its former redevelopment agency.
Linda Day
Blog post
June 21, 2016, 6am PDT
It’s difficult to grow a city. Tax revenues limit budgets and there are trade-offs involved in how to spend those resources. Any city trying to allocate resources to grow needs to know who moves.
Casey Brazeal
Blog post
June 16, 2016, 6am PDT
A short guide to a few of Detroit's historic neighborhoods.
Michael Lewyn
Feature
June 8, 2016, 7am PDT
The debate about whether Millennials prefer urban or suburban misses a big, important point: what Millennials really prefer is possible in either setting.
Ben Cummins
Blog post
June 1, 2016, 5am PDT
Contrary to recent claims, the evidence really does indicate that compact, multi-modal neighborhoods tend to be most affordable overall, considering both housing and transportation costs.
Todd Litman
Blog post
May 27, 2016, 5am PDT
Will planning horizons of 25 to 30 years make sense as transportation technology speeds through unprecedented rates of innovation?
Steven Polzin
Feature
May 25, 2016, 9am PDT
Oregon's poster child for livable planning is embroiled in new controversies over destructive growth, skyrocketing prices, and back-room cronyism.
Michael Mehaffy