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Students at a graduation ceremony

Planning Education: Striking a Better Balance

Planning education and practice fail to recognize the importance of physical design and spatial planning. Randall Arendt diagnoses the root of the disorder and suggests some treatments for returning urban planning to good health.

October 31, 2012 - Randall Arendt

California

'Indirect Source Rule' Would Clean Up Warehouses in Southern California

Dr. Joe Lyou, CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, walks through the legal necessity of South Coast AQMD's proposed Indirect Source Rule, which aims to accelerate the transition to zero-emission technologies and fleet electrification.

May 6, 2021 - The Planning Report

Single Family Residential Construction

The Housing Affordability Recipe

Smart policies can ensure that low- and moderate-income households can find suitable housing in good neighborhoods where transportation costs are low. The research is clear: upzoning works.

May 3, 2021 - Governing

Office Building

Is Remote Work Actually More Environmentally Friendly?

An online calculator helps companies determine the broader impacts of their decisions to continue working remotely or return to the office.

April 6, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Queen Anne Hill Seattle

Seattle Has a Housing Crisis, Not a Land Crisis

Like many attractive, economically successful cities Seattle has a housing crisis, but not a land crisis. There is plenty of land if the city will just grow up.

April 4, 2021 - The Urbanist

CN Tower rises above Gardiner Expressway on Toronto Waterfront

Opinion: Build Housing, Not Expressways

As it rebuilds the Gardiner Expressway, Toronto could use the opportunity to create more real estate for affordable housing.

February 19, 2021 - Globe and Mail

Miner Street Al Fresco

Rethinking Streets During the Pandemic

A new book from the "Rethinking Streets" series identifies 25 quick redesigns cities can use to reconfigure streets for the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 18, 2021 - Rethinking Streets During COVID-19

Anacostia River

Can D.C. Build its Bridge Park Without Displacement?

The park's non-profit developer has engaged in a years-long community outreach process and invested over $60 million in community initiatives.

February 18, 2021 - NextCity

Green New Deal

An Environmental Justice Agenda for 2021

Michael Méndez, assistant professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine opines on California's continued struggle to implement ambitious climate goals.

February 9, 2021 - The Planning Report

110 Freeway

New Climate Leadership in Transportation at the California Assembly

California Assembly Transportation Committee Chair Laura Friedman shares policy priorities for reducing emissions, eliminating traffic fatalities, and improving the connectivity of urban regional light rail in Southern California.

February 8, 2021 - The Planning Report

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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.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.