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Urban Planners of the World Unite Against Trump

As an urban planning scholar and a son of Mexican immigrants, I implore all planning scholars, practitioners and students to stand up and take a position against Donald Trump--the Republican nominee for president of the United States. I'm...Show More Summary

Facebook Apartments Wont Fix Housing—But They’re a Good Start

yesterdayArts : Wired: Design

Urban planners and local developers say the units could bring sorely needed housing to the area. The post Facebook Apartments Wont Fix Housing—But They're a Good Start appeared first on WIRED.

Duany: The Promise of Suburbia Has Been Betrayed

The transect / PlaceMakers "The promise of suburbia -- to live in nature amid the easy flow of cars -- has been betrayed. Sprawl is not sustainable; its growth chokes on itself," argued architect and urban planner Andrés Duany at the...Show More Summary

Flood Experts Are Having To Throw Out The Playbook As The Planet Heats Up

Climate change has forced scientists, policymakers, flood control managers, urban planners, and especially anyone living in flood-prone areas to rethink how they assess the coming hazards of floods. The post Flood Experts Are Having To Throw Out The Playbook As The Planet Heats Up appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Craziest Bike Path

2 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Bartek Komorowski, an urban planner and biking enthusiast, posted this photo of what he says is a stretch of pathway near the Charlevoix Bridge over the Lachine Canal in Montreal. It's not for the novice rider. Is this real? I can't find any supporting information about this section of the path, but Komorowski doesn't seem inclined to tweeting Photoshop gags. -via Jeremy Barker

Urban Planner: Mr. Show, Best In Show, and Showgirls

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Torontoist loves that you can go out and see or do something every day or night in our city, often for less per week than what a cable TV package would cost. Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional. Show More Summary

For one Ohio city, getting over ‘glory days’ was a good thing

Youngstown did well following a concept called “smart shrinkage” The tale of Youngstown, Ohio, isn’t an uncommon ine for urban planners in the Midwest. The once-thriving steel city took a steep population dive in the late 20th century,...Show More Summary

Is LA’s Smorgasburg Even Better Than the Brooklyn Original?

Whether you are an urban planner, Snapchatting food person, or a bitter food industry veteran, there is no denying that what is going on in an empty lot each Sunday in downtown LA is something to behold.

How Urban Design Perpetuates Racial Inequality--And What We Can Do About It

Our cities weren't created equal. But they don't have to stay that way. Cities are complex organisms shaped by myriad forces, but their organization bears the fingerprints of planners and policy makers who have shaped them for decades. At the root of many of these practices is racism, and modern cities bear the legacy of that discrimination. Read Full Story

SimCity legacy: smarter cities when urban planners play for keeps

Architects and planners brought up on SimCity are using the principles of gaming to encourage sustainability Many children of the 1990s would have fond memories of the smash-hit computer game SimCity. The open-ended simulation that allowed...Show More Summary

Detroit’s Urban Farming Proposal Could Invigorate Soil, Economy Where Food Desert Once Stood, Supporters Say

When Detroit planners, both officials and revolutionaries, began working together for a new plan for Detroit, which included natural open spaces and urban farming, Next City said that Detroit could be the star of “the most significant...Show More Summary

IL: Representative Al Riley and Ride Share Leaders to Keynote 31st Transport Chicago Conference

A leading member of the Illinois General Assembly who once worked as an urban planner will deliver the morning keynote presentation, and a panel comprised of local general managers for ride-sharing services will keynote a lunch time discussion.

Business Interests, Transit Advocates And Talib Kweli Rally Around The BQX

A nonprofit group made of business interests, developers, urban planners and transit advocates is doubling down on its support of Mayor de Blasio's proposed $2.5 billion Brooklyn Queens Connector streetcar, with a dramatic new website, renderings and FAQs, as well as a video endorsement from Brooklyn-born rapper Talib Kweli. [ more › ]

My Mom Drank Her Way Through All My Sympathy

3 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

I’m 40, and I work full-time as an urban planner. I live with my partner and two children. About six months ago, my 71-year-old mother moved in with us. I’m an only child, and she was housebound, falling, drinking, and unable to feed herself. When I first decided to look after ... More »

How Cities Are Using Data Collection Apps to Improve Bike Path Designs

3 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Route-tracking apps allow urban planners to make changes based on the real experiences of bicyclists and pedestrians.

Study shows where you are is who you are

A recent study suggests that who we are might be more integrated with where we are than previously thought. Demonstrating how architects and urban planners might take guidance from disciplines like neuroscience, philosophy and psychology,...Show More Summary

Map: All the Places to Spend Money in Los Angeles

A new study shows that, compared to other US cities, Los Angeles has plenty of places to shop, eat, and otherwise blow cash Urban planners and researchers have developed a wide array of metrics for studying the vitality of metropolitan areas, from walkability scores to median park size. Show More Summary

Thinking Beyond Microgrids to Build a Smarter Energy Future

After Hurricane Sandy knocked out electric generators and wires along the Northeast coast in 2012, urban and utility planners have been devising localized grids that can operate autonomously, strengthen the overall power system’s reliability...Show More Summary

Regen Projects represents American artist, urbanist, and curator Theaster Gates

3 months agoArts : Artdaily

Regen Projects announced that Theaster Gates has joined the gallery. This marks Gates?s first U.S. gallery representation since 2012. Trained as a sculptor and an urban planner, Gates is an artist, urbanist, and curator whose work aims to catalyze social and economic change through direct artistic agency. Show More Summary

How a plan to create a much-needed park in Koreatown withered

4 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

The people of Koreatown were on the brink of getting something urban planners and psychologists said Los Angeles' most densely packed neighborhood desperately needed: A public outdoor space for respite in a booming urban corridor increasingly smothered in concrete and glass. Now, five years later,...

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