Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.
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How Important is Your Graduate Planning Specialty or Concentration?

As students plan their spring semester courses and make early plans for the summer, they often wonder how to choose a planning specialization or concentration. They ask how important the concentration is for their future career as a planner.

Even Controlling For Poverty, Urban Places Are Thinner Than Suburbs

Poor neighborhoods tend to be fatter than rich ones, whether they are urban or suburban. However, poor urban areas tend to be thinner than poor suburban areas, and rich urban areas tend to be thinner than rich suburban areas.

Evaluating the Impact of Conservation Subdivision Implementation

Aslıgül Göçmen examines the environmental impact of conservation subdivision design.

Positive Reports on New Transit System Performance

Critics claim that public transit projects consistently exceed their budget projections and fail to meet ridership targets, based on old research. New analysis indicates that recent transit services generally perform better than predicted.

Families Aren't Leaving Cities, They're Just Getting Smaller

While there's no denying the fact that the number of children in many American cities has declined, it's untrue that urban life is incompatible with raising a family, or that families in cities are being replaced by singles and childless couples.

Is Tall All There Is?

Should planners be pushing to remove height limits to meet the growing demand for housing?

What Planning Will Do

With our limits defined, the remainder of what planning is quite powerful. And barely explored.

What Planning Won’t Do

To realize what the act of planning is capable of, it helps to consider what is out of reach.

Is Washington A Childless City?

Some media commentary suggests that fast-gentrifying cities such as Washington are unable to attract families. In Washington, the reality is more complex; the city's high-income neighborhoods actually gained children over the past decade.

Streetcars and Recovery

A study of streetcar-adjacent development patterns in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina provides lessons for the many U.S. cities building and planning new streetcar lines.