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A recent conference hosted by the American Institute of Architects in Los Angeles shined a light on efforts to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles—and demonstrated just how much work must be done nationwide to solve this humanitarian crisis.
Josh Stephens
March 29, 2004, 12am PST

In the first edition of a new series profiling urban planning, development, and design students from across the country, masters students from the University of Maryland, University of Cali

Francis McLaughlin, Kelly Koldus, and Matthew Edmond
March 22, 2004, 12am PST
Grants dedicated to revitalizing distressed public housing are needed to correct flawed Federal housing policies of the past.
Todd Baylson
March 16, 2004, 12am PST

While there's no consensus on the precise number of white-collar jobs American companies will outsource to India in the coming years, it seems increasingly clear that millions of middle cla

Seth Brown
March 10, 2004, 12am PST
From congestion charging to Wal-Mart's impact, PLANetizen editors outline the top 10 planning issues from 2003.
Abhijeet Chavan and Chris Steins
February 9, 2004, 12am PST
Densification is often promoted as a solution to sprawl, but too much density too quickly can also backfire. Adequately implementing a smart growth strategy involves positive publicity, family-centric environments, and motivated developers.
Martin Laplante
January 19, 2004, 12am PST

Participants in an Internet email discussion list recently engaged in a heated debate on the impact of libertarian principles on urban planning in the United States.

C. Kenneth Orski
January 12, 2004, 12am PST

Transportation has become far too important to be steered by people who prefer the existing automobile-dominated system.

Joel S. Hirschhorn
November 24, 2003, 12am PST

Although Houston is the only major American city with no formal zoning code, the city's land use regulations have historically been nearly as meddlesome, as pro-sprawl, and as anti-pedestri

Michael Lewyn
November 14, 2003, 12am PST
Urban sprawl's impact on school funding is more of a smart growth issue than is commonly realized.
Jonathan D. Weiss
November 10, 2003, 12am PST
Wacky, wild, and cartoonish architectural design, although eerily reminiscent of the "gaudy, cheesy, and tacky" schemes of the 1950s and 60s, reinvigorates southern California cities with much-needed visual interest.
Rick Bishop, AICP
November 6, 2003, 11am PST
Landscape architects, allied professionals and students gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana to participate in the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Abhijeet Chavan
November 3, 2003, 12am PST
A recent report linking New Urbanism to increased crime portrays New Urbanism inaccurately, and implies a grim world in which crime prevention is our top planning priority.
Robert Steuteville
October 27, 2003, 12am PST
In the war on sprawl, the smart growth movement cannot directly compete with the powerful and well-funded sprawl lobby. But it is folly to ignore the sprawl lobby and its commitment to sustain the sprawl status quo.
Joel S. Hirschhorn
October 6, 2003, 12am PDT
Biological and digital networks offer important lessons for planners as they design cities for the 21st century.
Nikos Salingaros
September 24, 2003, 12am PDT
Discovering secret geography -- the alleys and small streets, often with shops and restaurants, that are largely invisible from major streets -- you begin to feel ownership over a slice of the city.
Adam Rogers
September 15, 2003, 12am PDT
41 principles for architects to live by.
Andrés Duany
September 8, 2003, 12am PDT
In a car crazy culture, a planner decides to make the switch to transit.
Christian Peralta
September 2, 2003, 12am PDT
Cities would do better to loosen prescriptive zoning codes and give more flexibility to developers.
Chris Fiscelli
August 25, 2003, 12am PDT
While the founders of New Urbanism are still going strong, a new organization is connecting the next generation of leaders of the movement.
Brian Wright
August 19, 2003, 12am PDT
The recent blackout highlights the vulnerability of dense cities, as unplugged urban rail systems and elevators left thousands of urbanites stranded.
Wendell Cox