Development & Implementation

Taking on code reform to improve public health in Atlanta

This post originally appeared on the CNU Atlanta website as part one of a three part series leading up the the Healthy Communities Summit, which will be held September 20-21 in Atlanta, GA. ... read more »

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 »

Form-Based Code Results in Successful Bay Area TOD

When it opened in 2010, Walnut Creek Apartments provided 422 apartment units and 35,000 square feet of street-facing retail immediately adjacent to the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre Station of the BART system, located in Walnut Creek, California, in the bay area east of San Francisco. What isn... read more »

Building Smarter Cities…In the Year 2060

When my colleague put an article on my desk today with the subtitle, “Climate change will drive people to urban areas. How will urban planners accommodate them all?” it caught my attention, not because of the topic, but because of the double spread striking image of the “flat tower” proposed... read more »

Semantics: Redevelopment vs. Regeneration

I received my urban design and planning education in England, which sometimes leads to little, yet awkward, misunderstandings. It has been a slight challenge to get comfortable in the drastic differences between the two planning systems, but mostly I have made peace with the translations. Howeve... read more »

CMAP Ideas Exchange

Yesterday I had the pleasure of  attending the CMAP Local Technical Assistance Ideas Exchange.  Bob Dean, CMAP Deputy Executive Director of Local Planning opened and talked about how CMAP has implemented their GO to 2040 Plan. ... read more »

The California Redevelopment Challenge

Let's start thinking carefully about the policy targets for replacing California's redevelopment program.   First, consider this very cogent and pointed assessment of the current situation from USC planning professor Lisa Schweitzer.  This piece is required reading for New Urbanists practi... read more »

Tell the US Green Building Council How It Can Improve LEED Certification System

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is in the process of updating its green building rating systems including LEED-ND  and is encouraging public comments. The public comment period is closing this Wednesday, September 14. ... read more »