Exclusives

Blog post
3 days ago
If the country is about to embark on a new era of infrastructure investment, care will be necessary to ensure long-term benefits for mobility.
Steven Polzin
Feature
November 6, 2013, 3pm PST
By analyzing the areas of expertise and interests of 851 undergraduate and graduate planning faculty members, Tom Sanchez investigates what planning is, what it is not, and what it could be.
Thomas Sanchez
Blog post
November 4, 2013, 3am PST
Do you really want to solve the Big Problem in your city? If so, maybe the best way is to stop thinking about it.
Norman Wright
Blog post
October 31, 2013, 3am PDT
Contrary to popular assumptions, large, transit-oriented cities have lower crime rates than smaller, automobile-oriented cities. Jane Jacobs was right! This column discusses this phenomenon and its implications for transport and land use planning.
Todd Litman
Feature
October 29, 2013, 9am PDT
On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, ULI offers guidance on post-disaster rebuilding and building in anticipation of future disasters in a way that helps preserve the environment, boost economic prosperity, and foster a high quality of life.
Patrick L. Phillips
Feature
October 24, 2013, 4pm PDT
Ever notice how competitors like Target and Walmart tend to cluster together? Ken Steif has, and through a close analysis of retail location trends in NY, NJ, and CT, he examines which businesses tend to agglomerate and why.
Ken Steif
Blog post
October 23, 2013, 3pm PDT
Exceptionalism is a word often associated with the U.S., most often with foreign policy. Sonia Hirt of VPI argues that since its inception American zoning has also taken a unique form compared to European counterparts.
JPER
Feature
October 21, 2013, 5pm PDT
Charles Birnbaum, founder of TCLF, discusses the challenges with preserving and managing significant Modernist landscapes, lifting the veil on the field’s key contributors, and why its easier to love a landscape than a building.
Charles Birnbaum
Blog post
October 19, 2013, 9pm PDT
"Complete Streets" policies are a good start, but only a start.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
October 18, 2013, 5pm PDT
Moving beyond the building is critical to effecting transformative change toward urban sustainability. Several Swedish projects offer points of inspiration. The Eco District Summit is bringing together people engaged in district-scale sustainability.
Walker Wells
Blog post
October 18, 2013, 3am PDT
Creating parks that benefit and reflect the needs of the communities that use them is the goal for both planners and landscape architects. Programming is a big part of this. So is design.
Mark Hough
Blog post
October 16, 2013, 3pm PDT
The short-sightedness of overarching proclamations for the right city form obscures the very context in which cities are built and expanded. City planning must become reconnected to its environmental context.
Steven Snell
Feature
October 10, 2013, 4pm PDT
In an excerpt from his new book, Anthony Townsend explains how a volunteer effort is combining consumer technologies with open source GIS to chart one of Africa’s largest and most notorious slums.
Anthony Townsend
Blog post
October 9, 2013, 5pm PDT
Joseph Heathcott presents a historical narrative of the decline, revitalization, and gentrification of the Parisian neighborhood surrounding the Promenade Plantée and Viaduct des Arts, the pioneering repurposing of obsolete urban infrastructure.
JPER
Feature
October 4, 2013, 5pm PDT
Urban agriculture is a promising solution to a variety of ills afflicting our increasingly urbanizing planet. Milton Keynes, Britain's largest New Town of the 20th Century, is forging a path towards food sovereignty by growing its urban farms.
Christina Sgro
Blog post
October 1, 2013, 8pm PDT
Despite media commentary about urban gentrification and the decline of suburbia, suburbs still have far less than a proportionate share of regional poverty.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
September 30, 2013, 3pm PDT
New research by Ewing et al finds that vehicle miles traveled in LEED-ND projects may be as much as 60% lower than regional averages. However, objective models of transportation outcomes may prove more efficient than LEED’s points-based system.
JPER
Blog post
September 27, 2013, 1pm PDT
Abu Dhabi is updating its strategic development plan. Consultant Todd Litman reports on the city's recent urban planning charrette.
Todd Litman
Blog post
September 19, 2013, 2pm PDT
Urban forests may possess the power to battle climate change. We just have to figure out what is more important: quantity or quality?
Mark Hough
Feature
September 18, 2013, 5pm PDT
As cities such as New York recognize the need to stop treating pedestrians as second-class citizens, the Pedestrian/Traffic Manager (PTM) has emerged as a new tool in the effort to improve the mobility and safety of those on foot.
Ileanna Pappas
Blog post
September 15, 2013, 9pm PDT
Good planning requires clear problem and goal statements. Calling a problem an “issue” is ambiguous, which is a real problem.
Todd Litman