Planning

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 »

Mayberry: Is Small Town America a Myth?

It's true that the American icon of Mayberry was well before my time, but as a native North Carolinian it certainly has been indoctrinated into my personal culture and maybe even identity. Fictional Mayberry, North Carolina was in almost every American's living room for nearly a decade, and many mor... read more »

Why the rent is too high

Today I began my apartment search, looking at an apartment in the neighborhood next to mine (a neighborhood less high-income than Forest Hills, Queens, where I now live).  In addition to being in a cheaper area than mine, the building is a fairly long walk to the subway (about 15 minutes, farth... read more »