Josh Stephens is the editor of the California Planning & Development Report, an independent newsletter covering land use and policy.
Some of the reactions to the shooting at LAX revealed troubling attitudes towards public space. Inclined as we may be to tighten security, we ought not sacrifice the richness of public life in the name of safety -- even at an airport.
Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 9:08am PST
The Google Barge is fascinating not for what it is but what it could herald: a future where our retail stores come to us rather than us to them.
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 8:38am PST
JPER has existed since the early 1980s but 4 of the top 5 articles date from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s and focus on the theory behind collaboration and communication in planning.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 3:00pm PST
PolitiFact holds politicians accountable for their claims, but how accountable is PolitiFact? Not very. It inaccurately answered a simple planning question, and was unwilling to clarify or correct its false judgment.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 3:19am PST
"Push buttons" designed to protect pedestrians often don't.
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 1:19pm PST
One way to address traffic congestion is to provide a bypass for vehicles around city traffic machinations. Ring roads, by definition, are meant to perform that function. In reality, they ignore the supply and demand model of traffic management.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 8:30am 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.
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 3:57am PST
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.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 3:43am 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.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 3:00pm PDT
"Complete Streets" policies are a good start, but only a start.
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 9:32pm PDT