Exclusives

Feature
4 days ago
Autonomous vehicles could provide life-saving assistance in the event of a large-scale evacuation, if a shared fleet of autonomous vehicles is built with this purpose in mind.
Michael R. Boswell, William Riggs
Feature
September 11, 2006, 7am PDT

An ongoing Planetizen series profiles professionals in planning, design, development and related fields.

Brian Wallace
Feature
September 5, 2006, 7am PDT
While the public and the media like to bring attention to a few controversial cases, rarely does anyone recognize the all the good that has come from the sound use of eminent domain by local officials, says David M. Lewis.
David M. Lewis
Feature
August 28, 2006, 7am PDT

An ongoing Planetizen series profiles professionals in planning, design, development and related fields.

Joe DiStefano
Feature
August 21, 2006, 7am PDT

The story of Reston Town Center, the first suburban downtown in America, is a remarkable history lesson for modern day planners.

Tom Grubisich
Feature
August 14, 2006, 5am PDT
Planners who have a hard time persuading elected officials or the public at large should take a cue from the late attorney Johnnie Cochran and come up with a phrase that will stick in the minds of citizens.
Rick Bishop, AICP
Feature
August 7, 2006, 7am PDT
New Urbanists and pro-property rights advocates have made good use of both allegory and myth to capture the attention of planners and the public.
Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
Blog post
August 1, 2006, 8pm PDT
Bob Jacobson emails to say that Brian Deagon's article for Investor's Business Daily, "Cities' Wi-Fi Efforts Might Pose Threat To Cable, Telecom" is a good article and reminds him of "the early cable days!"

More cities are starting to manage Internet access much like they manage electricity, water and transportation services. That trend could cost cable and telecom providers billions of dollars in lost business.

As of July 1, 59 cities were running broadband Internet networks, up from 38 a year earlier, according to MuniWireless.com, which tracks this subject.
Chris Steins
Feature
July 31, 2006, 7am PDT

In the useless war of highways versus transit, both transit advocates and highway planners are guilty of ignoring the problems with their respective solutions, while the American public is

Patrick H. Hare
Feature
July 27, 2006, 7am PDT
Can cities get back in touch with nature? Planners, developers, architects, and policy makers convened in Los Angeles June 7 to face the challenge and develop a plan of action to help bring life onto the rooftops of L.A.'s downtown.
Nate Berg
Feature
July 24, 2006, 7am PDT

The sprawl vs. smart growth and New Urbanism debate is far from a black and white issue.

Sriram Khe
Blog post
July 21, 2006, 1pm PDT
The surging housing market and development pressure in Philadelphia has resurrected what was once an all but dormant profession - planning. Meeting after meeting is being held with community leaders, politicians, developers and others to discuss the current lack of planning in the City in the wake of this widespread change. The concensus of each meeting is that the City needs a Master Plan. Further, there also appears to be a major call to finally empower the planning commission which has, for years, been cast aside as a step-child of City governance.
Scott Page
Feature
July 17, 2006, 7am PDT
Pedestrian pioneer Alan Durning describes what his family of five is learning by living without four wheels in Cascadia's largest city. Can they survive without the essential currency of the modern American community?
Alan Thein Durning
Feature
July 11, 2006, 7am PDT

Are the city and the metaphor of the city, as depicted in film and literature, one in the same?

Lainie Herrera
Feature
July 10, 2006, 7am PDT
Using Wrights & Sites new "A Mis-Guide To Anywhere", city dwellers around the world can unlock a "mental toolkit" that will help them discover the extraordinary in the seemingly mundane urban experience, writes author Phil Smith.
Phil Smith
Feature
July 5, 2006, 7am PDT
From affordable housing development to the Trump Towers, the dynamic yet low profile real estate industry represents so much more than brokerage, writes James Carberry, co-author of <em>The Inside Track to Careers in Real Estate</em>, in this Op-Ed.
James Carberry
Feature
July 3, 2006, 12pm PDT

Every four years, over one billion people take pause for one month to v

Michael Jelks
Feature
June 28, 2006, 7am PDT

Does your city have a Plan B?

Jessica Roder
Feature
June 26, 2006, 7am PDT

As the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) institutes its new Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, Sarah Jo Peterson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Regional and City Planning

Sarah Jo Peterson
Blog post
June 23, 2006, 10pm PDT
Portland's river is a central gathering place for the city. New York lives between two rivers. A river defines Washington DC's geography.

In Los Angeles, the river is a concretized ditch.

But that river was always wilder than the others. Until the last century it ran not north-south -- its course today -- but east-west, emptying in Santa Monica instead of San Pedro. I have an antique map of Los Angeles on my living room wall, the first one published (1849 or so), and the river does indeed run perpendicular to the one I grew up driving over, or next to.
Feature
June 19, 2006, 7am PDT

In "Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania", author Ed McMahon outlines the best ways to harness inevitable urban growth and development without sacrificing a community's character,

Tom Kane