History

October 30, 2018, 2pm PDT
Charles Wolfe calls attention to similarities between contemporary urbanism and yesterday's debunked utopias. The two may differ in substance, but both tend toward a certain level of dogma that isn't necessarily helpful on the ground.
Public Square: A CNU Journal
October 12, 2018, 2pm PDT
Using data from Microsoft, the New York Times has published an online map showing the placement of every building in the country, in a simple black and white format.
The New York Times
April 3, 2018, 7am PDT
Gentrified in the 1960s during the height of urban renewal, Society Hill is a historical precedent as Philadelphia confronts present-day gentrification.
PlanPhilly
January 29, 2018, 6am PST
A piecemeal, reactive approach to historic preservation in the capital may burden the future with too many buildings of "middling merit."
Greater Greater Washington
November 29, 2017, 8am PST
As part of an interdepartmental effort, the city's planning department is embedding an explicit equity lens into how it considers the distribution of civic resources.
Next City
September 9, 2017, 11am PDT
A versatile building material with a long pedigree, concrete also has associations with ugliness and totalitarianism. Its reinforced variety, widely used today, can conceal a costly flaw.
CityLab
June 17, 2017, 11am PDT
In Arlington, restricting density to preserve neighborhood character isn't new. A rowhouse ban in 1938 may be one factor behind today's steep prices and gentrification.
Greater Greater Washington
November 4, 2016, 8am PDT
Sixty years of highway construction has significantly changed Miami's development patterns.
Modern Cities
July 7, 2016, 2pm PDT
According to Seymour Toll's 1969 book, New York City's 1916 zoning code was less a civic-minded project than an attempt to protect elite retail districts from the riff-raff. The ramifications for American zoning at large are significant.
PlanPhilly
June 13, 2016, 6am PDT
Georgetown's grid of small blocks is starkly different from the L'Enfant-designed city that surrounds it.
Greater Greater Washington
May 8, 2016, 1pm PDT
Historian Gabriel Rosenberg challenges romanticism in the history of family farms in the US.
Boston Globe
April 29, 2016, 5am PDT
Historic London collects panoramic views of modern London streets with historic photos transposed over them. Most of the views date from the first two decades of the 20th century.
Historic London
March 4, 2016, 8am PST
Eric Weiner's "The Geography of Genius" offers a delightful, if limited, analysis of cities throughout history where "genius" has arisen and offers inspiration for planners who want to make cities more than just places to live and do business.
California Planning & Development Report
February 4, 2016, 8am PST
Although the cities of the Roman Empire are typically regarded for their focus on health and hygiene, they may have struggled to manage many poor sanitation parasites.
Next City
January 21, 2016, 10am PST
Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne describes an L.A. in flux, at once beholden to its postwar image and pushing in a new direction. The city, he says, faces existential questions on a scale unmatched elsewhere in the nation.
The Architect's Newspaper
December 9, 2015, 11am PST
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a planner? Check out these new map books.
New York Times
August 29, 2015, 11am PDT
Virgil Bogue's 1911 Plan of Seattle called for a centrally-planned metropolis with efficient transit, parks, and a cap on building height. It was voted down, but remains an interesting study on planning for the long term.
SeattlePI
August 19, 2015, 9am PDT
It is difficult to imagine a time when Los Angeles' freeways symbolized access, efficiency, and modernity. Now that the city's love affair with freeways is nearly spent, what future do we envision for them?
Los Angeles Times
Blog post
February 2, 2015, 9am PST
Andrew Whittmore of the University of North Carolina Department of Urban and Regional Planning identifies planning theory in everyday practice.
JPER
January 23, 2015, 8am PST
If you're into place names and the history of presidential politics, we have just the map for you.
The Atlantic