From One Municipality to Another...

In my former life as a lawprof and private consultant focused on New Urbanism, I remember many trips to many different cities where I shared my best advice on how to overcome the challenges of sprawl development.  During every one of those seminars, speeches, and the like, I offered what I thou... read more »

Highway Spotlight: Minhocão - São Paulo's "Big Worm"

Minhocão (“The Big Worm”) is an elevated highway running through the heart of São Paulo, Brazil – the largest city in one of the fastest growing countries in the world. Officially Via Elevada Presidente Artur da Costa E Silva, after Brazil's second president, the Minhocão was built in 1971 ... read more »

Jeff Tumlin to speak on “Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities”

On Tuesday May 1, 2012 at 6PM Jeff Tumlin of the transportation planning and engineering firm Nelson/Nygaard will be discussing his new book, Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities, as part of CNU NorCal's Speaker Series. The event wi... read more »

A Word on the Model Design Manual for Living Streets from Ryan Snyder

The following is a guest post from Ryan Snyder, the principal behind Ryan Snyder Associates and main organizer behind last year's meeting to create the plan for Los Angeles County's Model Design Manual for Living Streets. Since its release, the manual has been downloaded in the U.S., ... read more »

Comments Needed: Planning Accreditation Board Revised Criteria Pending

  The Chicago-based Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is the organization that sets the standards for academic institutions that teach planning. PAB recently released a draft of their revised standards for comment, the deadline for such being next Thursday, December 15th. ... read more »

Shrinking City Strategies

Read the latest post at Citiwire by Roberta Brandes Gratz about shrinking cities. It may surprise you. Please share your thoughts on the issue. ... read more »

We Are No Longer Creating Wellbeing

Take a look at this piece on the ASLA blog discussing the work of Richard Jackson and his thoughts on urban planning and obesity. Jackson, Chair of the School of Health at UCLA, cites several aspects of how we develop our cities as negtively impacting public health. ... read more »

Putting a lid on the Downtown Connector at the Urban Labs luncheon

Talk about power lunching. At yesterday's Urban Labs lunch, at St. Luke's Church, a few minutes' walk from the Hilton, those of us at Table 1-A finished off our box lunches and then within about an hour sketched out a possible solution to a vexing problem of downtown Atlanta - the Downtown Connector... read more »