20th Century Planning

Rhode Island Interstate 95

The Foundational Myth of America's Interstate Highway System

The erroneous belief that the negative impacts of interstate highways are simply "unintended consequences" fails to demand accountability for the project's failures.

April 14, 2021 - The Metropole

Interstate 84

Undoing the Destructive Legacy of Hartford's Interstates

A new plan would spend an estimated $17 billion to remove a huge chunk of the Interstate Highway System's footprint in Hartford, Connecticut.

March 26, 2021 - The CT Mirror

Washington, D.C.

The Days of Two Remaining D.C. Urban Renewal Plans Could Be Numbered

Urban renewal plans for Downtown D.C. and the Shaw neighborhood are all that's left of a mid-20th-century planning effort.

February 12, 2020 - Bisnow

Rochester Inner Loop

Trading Highways for Homes

More and more, cities are seeing little-used highways as a chance to reverse the planning decisions of the 20th century and provide more housing and economic opportunities.

December 4, 2019 - Realtor

Los Angeles in 1939, as determined by the  Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC).

Watch: Segregation's Terrible Legacy in U.S. Cities

"Segregation by Design" is a new film available to the public on Vimeo.

October 9, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Houston Freeway

A Houston Columnist Celebrates Japan's Transit Infrastructure

The paper of record in a Texas oil town is a surprising place to find an article singing the praises of a society built on public transit instead of the automobile.

September 6, 2019 - Houston Chronicle

Atlanta Skyline

The Deliberate Segregation of U.S. Cities, as Evidenced by Freeway Congestion

A thorough and damning indictment of 20th century land use and infrastructure planning, and its contemporary legacy of segregation and congestion.

August 15, 2019 - The New York Times Magazine

Cul de Sac

Uniform By Design: The Similarities of Suburbs

A Vox video digs into the history of how suburbs came to resemble each other.

August 11, 2019 - Vox

Sprawl

Single-Family Zoning Versus the City, Mapped

There isn't much city in most U.S. cities.

June 18, 2019 - The New York Times

Seaside Entrance

New Urbanism and Jacobs: A Tangled Disconnect

New Urbanism was in part born of the criticisms of 20th century planning principles popularized by Jane Jacobs, but Jacobs infamously derided the new school of thought.

May 31, 2019 - Fanis Grammenos

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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Planning for Universal Design

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