April 7, 2021, 5am PDT
A Story Map created by the Louisville Metro Office of Planning & Design Services offers a detailed, visual presentation of the history of racism and discriminatory in the planning and zoning of the Louisville and Jefferson County.
Louisville Metro Office of Planning & Design Services
February 24, 2021, 10am PST
The city that invented single-family zoning in 1916, for discriminatory purposes, will completely remove that exclusionary legacy from its zoning code.
February 2, 2021, 7am PST
The history of planning is dominated by a few iconic figures—all white.
June 30, 2020, 12pm PDT
The racist history of planning in Los Angeles is particularly evident in the way Interstate freeways were planned in the region.
June 26, 2020, 5am PDT
The latest video from City Beautiful looks at the legacy of planning from the Soviet Union.
March 13, 2020, 7am PDT
A book review of a book published this year with the title, "The Art of Classic Planning: Building Beautiful and Enduring Communities," offers stinging criticism of the past and present of planning.
The American Conservative
February 10, 2020, 5am PST
The traditional narratives about the history of planning fail to note the role of Black urbanists, as well as the effect of planning policies on Black Americans.
January 21, 2020, 9am PST
The people living in urban heat islands are much more likely to be inhabited by low-income people of color, and the roots of the environmental justice issue can be found in planning history.
August 30, 2019, 11am PDT
The Marchetti Constant, the willingness of people to travel for about a half an hour to get to and from work, explains the size of cities in history, and the metropolitan areas of today.
January 23, 2018, 5am PST
What do you think about the linked visual presentation of the history of urban planning?
November 2, 2016, 9am PDT
Steven T. Moga guest blogs about a new article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
September 14, 2016, 2pm PDT
In 1851 the City of Seattle could have been a vastly different place if alternative development decisions had been made that took the original inhabitants, nature, and topography into consideration.
March 6, 2015, 11am PST
Oakland, as the urban counterpart to San Francisco in the Bay Area, is on a lot of people's radar as a place to improve on some of the lessons of recent waves of urbanization. What planning precedents shaped the city on the other side of the Bay?
March 3, 2015, 12pm PST
Historic planning documents, like those found in the APA's Planning Advisory Service, are full of lessons about how past planning doctrines failed their intentions, and it's always a good time for planners to re-evaluate their antecedents.
April 15, 2012, 7am PDT
August 31, 2010, 12pm PDT
In recent blogs I have written about places and plans in many different locales and through time. Students often ask, “do I need to visit places to know about them”?
August 16, 2010, 10am PDT
An interesting post appeared on the Public Servant Blog a few days ago. The list includes Amsterdam, Eugene, Oregon; Ponce Center City, Puerto Rico; and the city of Philadelphia among others.