Planning

The Olympic Legacy...First Hand

With all the talk and excitement flying around about the London 2012 Olympics, I couldn’t help but weigh in with my experience at the games last week. My husband and I were fortuitous enough to attend the games in person this summer, and experience all that came along with it, including transporta... read more »

Urban Designer Series: Robert Moses

In an attempt to dive a little deeper into what urban design is, and how it became the important profession that it is today, I have decided to start an “Urban Designer” series. Periodically, I will look at the most well-known urban design writers, scholars, and professionals throughout history ... read more »

CNU NorCal Speaker Series- Heather Fargo: California's Strategic Growth Council

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 6:00pm Heather Fargo: California's Strategic Growth Council YOU'RE INVITED! Wednesday, August 15th6:00pm (lecture begins at 6:15) AIA East Bay 1405 Clay Street Oakland, CA ... read more »

Maybe Character Shouldn't Count

A common justification for downzoning is "community character' - the idea that a given place has a (usually suburban) character, and that this "character" justifies legal rules freezing the status quo in place. ... read more »

CITY SPOTLIGHT: A Critical View of Plan Cincinnati

  This post is part of a new series on the CNU Salons, CITY SPOTLIGHT. City Spotlight shines a light on the latest news, developments and initiatives occurring in cities and towns where CNU members live and work. The below post is part II  of a City Spotlight on Cincinnati  and comes ... read more »

How To Create A "Vertical Suburb"

At CNU, Richard Florida quipped that high-rises were "vertical suburbs".  At the time, I couldn't quite figure out what he was trying to say. ... read more »

a smaller deal than you think

There's been a lot of hubbub about the Bloomberg Administration's proposal to make city-owned land available for 275-square-foot apartments.  The city proposes to allow developers to build these "micro-units" and rent them for $2000 a unit.  If you read some of the comments in the press, y... read more »

Does statewide planning matter very much?

When California passed SB 375 (a law requiring local planners to create strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions) environmentalists were enthuasiastic, while pro-sprawl commentators used hyperbolic rhetoric to attack the law.  ... read more »

Why front lawns?

In a recent post on Planetizen's group blog, Todd Litman discusses the pros and cons (mostly cons) of lawns.   ... read more »