August 21, 2017, 2pm PDT
The Confederate monuments debate invites a broader interdisciplinary conversation about the nature and planning of public commemorative landscapes and, by extension, the identity and soul of a community.
August 10, 2017, 5am PDT
There are two fundamental flaws with the emergent "YIMBY" approach to planning and development politics, according to this article in an influential magazine of the American left.
July 26, 2017, 6am PDT
The New York Times opinion section includes a call for society, politicians, and business leaders to recognize the importance of maintenance.
July 25, 2017, 11am PDT
The argument in the headline, put more specifically: inclusionary zoning, fees, legal challenges, and minimum apartment sizes are counter-productive. The only policy that will add housing stock, is to make it much cheaper to add housing stock.
June 20, 2017, 11am PDT
Buffalo is considering policies to support affordable rental housing as demand rises. While inclusionary zoning is controversial everywhere, specific questions about the policy's effectiveness arise in cities with little to no population growth.
May 22, 2017, 6am PDT
Yes, planners have expertise to share, but according to this rather pointed critique, they also sometimes forget that other people do too.
May 15, 2017, 8am PDT
There’s very little that differentiates proposals by four distinguished planning and design firms to better connect my university to its immediate neighborhood and the wider city. Why is that, and does it have to be that way?
April 26, 2017, 7am PDT
A proposed affordable housing development fee has inspired a debate about how far developments fees can go in generating funds for affordable housing before they finally stop development altogether.
April 26, 2017, 6am PDT
The team at Strong Towns is taking an in-depth look at Amazon, with a week of events, including the point-counterpoint series shared here.
April 7, 2017, 8am PDT
There are lots of arguments available for people that want to oppose new housing projects, but what are a few guiding principles for framing a supportive and constructive housing conversation?
April 5, 2017, 2pm PDT
Architects and planners have to work together, as everyone on both sides of the equation knows. Even though the fields often speak the same language, there still seem to be many moments and ideas lost in translation.
April 4, 2017, 2pm PDT
Devolution—or the end of federal funding for local or regional transit projects—is back on the table, thanks to the Trump Administration. Articles in two prominent media outlets debate the idea.
February 6, 2017, 10am PST
No cities are entirely urban, or even similar from one neighborhood to the next. The Corner Side Yard has some fun thinking about which Chicago neighborhoods we "Chicago in Name Only" and which of its suburbs are "Suburbs in Name Only."
January 29, 2016, 5am PST
A satirical New Yorker article nails the perpetual debate between New York and Los Angeles.
January 28, 2016, 9am PST
The tough task of removing bus stops to speed up travel times is on the table in Washington, D.C.
October 14, 2015, 9am PDT
The suburban city of Plano, Texas, located outside of Dallas, approved this week a comprehensive plan that overcame vocal opposition to the idea of mixed-use, urban developments.
September 30, 2015, 6am PDT
A new argument has appeared in the ongoing debate about parking requirements. A university in a college town objected to reduced parking requirements on the grounds that it would make the city too attractive to developers.
September 28, 2015, 8am PDT
The practice of consolidating bus stops—or stop thinning—is a controversial method to speed up buses. Los Angeles Metro is considering consolidation as part of its ongoing Strategic Bus Network Plan.
September 17, 2015, 8am PDT
Charles Marohn, known as a reformed traffic engineer that launched Strong Towns, recently debated Randall O'Toole, known as the anti-planner. Recommended for understanding the conflicts that arise on the right side of the political spectrum.
July 15, 2015, 7am PDT
A Denver Post op-ed critiques the arguments employed to make the case for density in Denver.