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What is "pretextual planning," and how does it short-circuit certainty and transparency in planning and development proc...
06/10/2021
The Pretext Problem: The Pitfalls of Planning While Bargaining

What is "pretextual planning," and how does it short-circuit certainty and transparency in planning and development processes? UCLA Planning Professor Michael Manville explains. https://www.planetizen.com/features/113615-pretext-problem-pitfalls-planning-while-bargaining

Lots of planning is discretionary. Cities and developers negotiate what builders will do for cities in exchange for the right to build, creating an incentive for bad rules, eroding the public's faith in zoning, and enabling political corruption.

This series of five courses explores key movements, moments, and theories in city planning from ancient times to the mod...
06/09/2021

This series of five courses explores key movements, moments, and theories in city planning from ancient times to the modern day.
https://courses.planetizen.com/track/introduction-city-planning?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=track_post_202106&utm_content=history-city-planning

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This series of five courses explores key movements, moments, and theories in city planning from ancient times to the modern day.
https://courses.planetizen.com/track/introduction-city-planning?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=track_post_202106&utm_content=history-city-planning

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The most popular national parks could be overwhelmed even in the before times, but the popularity and necessity of outdo...
06/09/2021
Opinion: We're Loving Our National Parks to Death

The most popular national parks could be overwhelmed even in the before times, but the popularity and necessity of outdoor recreation during the pandemic have made the negative outcomes of crowded parks even worse. https://www.planetizen.com/news/2021/06/113595-opinion-were-loving-our-national-parks-death

A reservation system could help the struggling national parks system manage crowds and protect our public lands from overuse, according to this article.

TxDOT is talking the talk for two Dallas freeway projects. Can it walk to the walk? https://www.planetizen.com/news/2021...
06/09/2021
TxDOT Promises to Reverse Some of the Damage Caused by Urban Freeways in Dallas

TxDOT is talking the talk for two Dallas freeway projects. Can it walk to the walk? https://www.planetizen.com/news/2021/06/113598-txdot-promises-reverse-some-damage-caused-urban-freeways-dallas

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is in the early stages of planning for two projects that could leverage plans to rebuild two freeways in the city with plan to reconnect the neighborhoods they severed.

"[V]alue creation is being prioritized over the fundamental purposes of buildings and homes," according to the author of...
06/08/2021
How the 'Financialization of Housing' is Physically Changing Cities

"[V]alue creation is being prioritized over the fundamental purposes of buildings and homes," according to the author of a new book on how the real estate investment is radically reshaping cities. https://www.planetizen.com/news/2021/06/113559-how-financialization-housing-physically-changing-cities

The increasing investment value of real estate has led to tangible changes in the way buildings are designed and function, one author argues.

A group of leading transit experts weighs in on one the big, unanswered questions about the effects of the pandemic. htt...
06/08/2021
Taking Stock and Looking Forward: What's Next for Public Transit?

A group of leading transit experts weighs in on one the big, unanswered questions about the effects of the pandemic. https://www.planetizen.com/news/2021/06/113569-taking-stock-and-looking-forward-whats-next-public-transit

A group of 12 leading transit experts debriefed on the consequences of the pandemic for public transit, and proposed a future that centers public transit as a tool for economic recovery and righting the past wrongs of the planning profession.

Five U.S. communities are receiving a combined $160 million in grants through the federal Choice Neighborhoods Initiativ...
06/06/2021
Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants Announced for 5 U.S. Cities

Five U.S. communities are receiving a combined $160 million in grants through the federal Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a grant program designed to "redevelop severely distressed housing and spur comprehensive revitalization." https://www.planetizen.com/news/2021/06/113532-choice-neighborhood-planning-grants-announced-5-us-cities

A federal grant program designed to support holistic and socially-focused planning projects at the neighborhood level has announced the winners of its most recent round of competitive grant funding.

A recently published study finds that the sprawling development and intensive road networks of U.S. cities produce relat...
06/04/2021
An International Comparison of Transportation Modes

A recently published study finds that the sprawling development and intensive road networks of U.S. cities produce relatively modest automobile access. https://www.planetizen.com/news/2021/06/113496-international-comparison-transportation-modes

Access (the ease of reaching desired destinations) is a key factor in transport, sustainability, and urban planning. This new study applies multimodal accessibility analysis to 4 modes in 117 cities in 6 countries, illustrated graphically.

A round up of the most ambitious reporting on the 100-year anniversary of the massacre that destroyed the neighborhood o...
06/04/2021
The Tulsa Race Massacre: A Century Later

A round up of the most ambitious reporting on the 100-year anniversary of the massacre that destroyed the neighborhood of Greenwood and killed dozens of Black residents. https://www.planetizen.com/blogs/113534-tulsa-race-massacre-century-later

On the hundred-year anniversary of the violence that destroyed Tulsa's "Black Wall Street," the country is finally reckoning with the legacy of one of the most destructive racially motivated riots in U.S. history.

This series of courses taught by the leaders of the Form-Based Codes Institute teaches everything you've ever wanted to ...
06/03/2021

This series of courses taught by the leaders of the Form-Based Codes Institute teaches everything you've ever wanted to know about Form-Based Codes.
https://courses.planetizen.com/track/form-based-codes-101?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=track_post_202106&utm_content=form-based-codes-101

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This series of courses taught by the leaders of the Form-Based Codes Institute teaches everything you've ever wanted to know about Form-Based Codes.
https://courses.planetizen.com/track/form-based-codes-101?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=track_post_202106&utm_content=form-based-codes-101

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A sea change, on multiple levels, is up for debate as the city of San Diego considers the vision for the future of mobil...
06/02/2021
San Diego High-Speed Rail Plan Counts on Future Density

A sea change, on multiple levels, is up for debate as the city of San Diego considers the vision for the future of mobility described by a $160 billion regional transit plan. https://www.planetizen.com/news/2021/06/113522-san-diego-high-speed-rail-plan-counts-future-density

Despite slowing population growth statewide, officials believe the region will "grow into" the new rail system if cities promote dense development around transit stations.

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