Urban planning can be an exciting and rewarding profession. It can also be extremely political and sometimes downright boring.
Feb 25, 2015 Civicly
Placemaking is an overused term and under-comprehended subcategory of the urban design and planning fields. Howard Blackson explains what it means and how it has evolved in his own career.
Feb 11, 2015 UrbDeZine
From my perspective on the private sector/developer side, development agreements are incredibly useful tools to ensure a project can be built with confidence, but that doesn’t mean I don’t see the peculiarity of the development agreement as a tool for land use control. Blog Post
Jan 11, 2015 By
Technology is a great benefit for urban design and urban planning. Not only does it help boost productivity for design and urban planning teams, but it also increases team collaboration, citizen engagement, attention to detail, and accuracy.
Dec 19, 2014 Civicly
Greetings from Colombo, Sri Lanka! Blog Post
Nov 21, 2014 By
When Los Angeles County Planner Jonathan P. Bell wrote about informal housing in the region, several commenters responded. So Bell decided to answer questions and critics.
Nov 18, 2014 UrbDeZine
Over the years, I have developed a reputation among my more progressive friends (for the record, I consider myself a left leaning moderate Democrat) of being rather pro-development (they view that as a bad thing). In fairness to them, I am relatively pro-development in most cases. Blog Post
Oct 28, 2014 By
Emerging from a half century of dictatorship, can Myanmar's principal city be a model of sustainable, democratic development?
Oct 6, 2014 Places Journal
For planners, the key to moving a city’s vision for development forward is to value public as well as private investment in projects, according to urban planner and author Howard M. Blackson III.
Oct 4, 2014 UrbDeZine
A lot of things are analogized to a jack-in-the-box—wound it up tight until it bursts out of the box. It’s a useful metaphor because it’s such an accurate reflection of both the human and societal condition: everyone and everything has its breaking point. Blog Post
Sep 8, 2014 By