The Best Sentences of the Week (Volume 4)

By no means authoritative or comprehensive, here's a collection of noteworthy phrases, paragraphs, commentaries, observations, and more from the recent week in the planning and urbanism discussion.

2 minute read

November 2, 2014, 1:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Lichtenstein Museum

Toni / Flickr

"While serving as acting mayor, he noted that a neighborhood newspaper headline had called him 'Action mayor Tom Menino,' and said that if elected he would try to live up to the typo." From "Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor, dies at 71" by Bryan Marquard and Jim O'Sullivan for The Boston Globe.

"If the last few decades have proved anything, it’s just how much the city’s welfare depends on green space." From "Mayor de Blasio’s Plan for Parks Needs to Grow" by Michael Kimmelman for The New York Times.

"While the Beverly Hillbillies were exceptional outsiders, the characters in Slums are commonplace—the true stuff of the city. The dingbat represents their specific anyplace." From "The Veneer of Nostalgia Dingbat Life in Slums of Beverly Hills" by Joshua G. Stein for MAS Context.

"But as I talked to podcasters, they told me that the biggest reason for the podcast renaissance has nothing to do with the podcasts themselves, or the advertisers funding them….It's actually about cars." From "What's Behind the Great Podcast Renaissance" by Kevin Roose for New York.

"The New Yorker’s 2014 Halloween cover should look something like this: high angle on a shadowed cul-de-sac, pools of light illuminating the street. In those pools, row after row of tiny Elsas — the heroine of 'Frozen' — snowflake crowns glimmering, blue skirts shimmering, hands on hips in Wonder Woman’s power pose." From "Elsa or Else" by Alexandra Lange for Medium.

"He carefully posed his aging parents in snapshot tableaux and staged Latino day workers in empty fields among new tract houses to recapture the half-finished, half-raw terrain of his boyhood. In novels and movies, those suburbs are conventionally regarded as either appalling or ridiculous. Sultan showed them without any irony." From "Extra Ordinary Life" by D.J. Waldie for The California Sunday Magazine.

Large blank mall building with only two cars in large parking lot.

Pennsylvania Mall Conversion Bill Passes House

If passed, the bill would promote the adaptive reuse of defunct commercial buildings.

April 18, 2024 - Central Penn Business Journal

Rendering of wildlife crossing over 101 freeway in Los Angeles County.

World's Largest Wildlife Overpass In the Works in Los Angeles County

Caltrans will soon close half of the 101 Freeway in order to continue construction of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing near Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County.

April 15, 2024 - LAist

Workers putting down asphalt on road.

U.S. Supreme Court: California's Impact Fees May Violate Takings Clause

A California property owner took El Dorado County to state court after paying a traffic impact fee he felt was exorbitant. He lost in trial court, appellate court, and the California Supreme Court denied review. Then the U.S. Supreme Court acted.

April 18, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

Close-up of hand holding up wooden thermometer in front of blurred street

New Forecasting Tool Aims to Reduce Heat-Related Deaths

Two federal agencies launched a new, easy-to-use, color-coded heat warning system that combines meteorological and medical risk factors.

19 minutes ago - Associated Press via Portland Press Herald

View of Dallas city skyline with moderately busy freeway in foreground at twilight.

AI Traffic Management Comes to Dallas-Fort Worth

Several Texas cities are using an AI-powered platform called NoTraffic to help manage traffic signals to increase safety and improve traffic flow.

1 hour ago - Dallas Morning News

View from back of BART Police SUV driving down street in San Francisco, California.

Podcast: Addressing the Root Causes of Transit Violence

Deploying transit police is a short-term fix. How can transit agencies build sustainable safety efforts?

2 hours ago - Streetsblog USA

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.