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What Is the Americans With Disabilities Act?

The effects of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act are visible throughout the built environment—on sidewalks, on buses, and in almost every building and public facility in the country.

February 17, 2021 - plnz-admin

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Op-Ed: Zoning Shouldn't Discriminate Based on the Definition of 'Family'

By designating that "family" refer to a specific set of ties, many zoning codes make it difficult for "functional" families without those ties to find a place to live.

July 10, 2019 - CityLab

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What Property Professors Are Writing About

A recent property professors' conference discussed a variety of issues of possible interest to planners including tightened home lending standards, municipal policies affecting the homeless, the Fair Housing Act, and inclusionary zoning.

March 2, 2015 - Michael Lewyn

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Why New Urbanism is the Bane of the Legal Profession

It's not how complicated or divisive New Urbanist-based land use regulations are that's driving the legal profession nuts. It's the opposite. There just aren't many New Urbanist rulings in the casebook, explains Jonathan Zasloff.

February 9, 2013 - Legal Planet

Outdated Law Prevents NYC from Cashing In on Luxury Apartments

A New York state law on the books since the 1980s undervalues property tax rates on multimillion dollar residential buildings, providing astonishing discounts to New York City’s wealthiest homeowners.

October 16, 2012 - The New York Times

How to Dissolve a Community Redevelopment Agency in California

An interview with Tim McOsker, one of the three appointees charged by Governor Jerry Brown to wind down the affairs of the Los Angeles CRA, reveals an insider's experience of the complexities of respecting contracts and mandates.

March 2, 2012 - The Planning Report

Cattle vs. Subdivisions

Arizona's long-standing open range laws allow cattle to roam freely, but the state is now reconsidering the laws as residents of the West's suburban subdivisions are growing more frustrated by encounters with roaming cattle.

October 12, 2010 - New York Times

New York Town Makes English the Law

Jackson, New York and several other small upstate towns have entered the immigration wars by passing a law requiring all official town business to be conducted in English.

May 14, 2010 - New York Times

Yellow Ribbons Banned On Town Green

<p> The display of yellow ribbons in remembrance of friends and family serving far away goes back hundreds of years. Dr. Gavin Finley has an <a href=";imgrefurl=;usg=__Ksf0tpiIRNuBejziPwNGMPQdJfw=&amp;h=384&amp;w=248&amp;sz=54&amp;hl=en&amp;start=13&amp;um=1&amp;tbnid=naMNZ7Kvgpah_M:&amp;tbnh=123&amp;tbnw=79&amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3Dyellow%2Bribbons%2Baround%2Btree%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1T4SUNA_enUS286US270%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1">interesting website </a>on the history. The American Folklore Center at The Library of Congress has more intriguing history and also cites the 1949 John Wayne and Joanne Dru film, <em>She Wore a Yellow Ribbon</em>. </p>

December 11, 2009 - Dwight Merriam

New London, Four Years After Kelo

The 2005 Supreme Court decision on Kelo v. New London was a landmark in eminent domain law, paving the way for Pfizer to develop there. Four years later, Pfizer is pulling up stakes.

November 13, 2009 - The Hartford Courant

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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.