Category Archives: Planning

Low Income Solutions

Over the last couple of months I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about current initiatives designed to help low income neighborhoods in U.S. cities. It’s been a bit of a crash course but one I’m excited about. Sustainable … Continue reading

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In the class I’m teaching this semester, Cities and the Environment, we’ve been debating the merits of urbanization from a sustainability perspective. One thing that is becoming clear is that density matters — it helps to determine the efficiency of … Continue reading

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Detroit. The city everyone loves to hate. Or at least to talk of disparagingly. When I first heard about the movie Detropia I thought, “here we go. Another person set on exploiting the troubles Detroit has had; telling a one-sided … Continue reading

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Carbon Footprinting for U.S. Cities

This week ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) released the U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The Community Protocol is the first of its kind, and, according to ICLEI, “allows local governments to gain a … Continue reading

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The Future of Planning

The Sustainable Cities Collective posted a great interview with Mitchell Silver, the President of the American Planning Association (APA). The APA is a pretty powerful group when it comes to directing the course of city planning in the U.S. They … Continue reading

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The Midwest Goes Global

There is a great article in this week’s Economist about Toledo, Ohio. Of course any story about the Midwest catches my eye.  But this story is particularly interesting because it has three of my favorite elements: cities, infrastructure, and globalization. … Continue reading

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