Planning and the planning profession

Nashville: The Resilient City

Nashville has become one of the United States’ most dynamic economies, driving growth back into its core neighborhoods. In 2010, the city also showcased its resilience by bouncing back from a severe flood that impacted many parts of the downtown. The city’s growth and post-flood rebuilding gave the City an opportunity to craft a downtown plan with a multi-disciplinary team led by Urban Design Associates.

‘Sense of place’ is key to regional talent strategy

Led by the Walton Family Foundation, Northwest Arkansas officials look to walkable urban solutions for future economic growth.

Atlanta’s untapped potential for creating a thriving aerotropolis

Airports are evolving into commercial centers, attracting nearby manufacturing and distribution concerns, hotels, convention centers, retail, housing, recreation and other uses.

Tea Party taps hippie wisdom: How’s that working out?

The new "hippies" have successfully disrupted the work of some of the least powerful “elites” in American civic life — community planners — but not everywhere and not for long..

Social striving propels the drive-only suburban machine

Coalitions and strategic politics — and shifting cultural values — can deliver the structural change needed to allow American urbanism to flower again, according to Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End.

The planning aikido of Harriet Tregoning

Last month, Washington DC Planning Director Harriet Tregoning announced that she’d be leaving her position after 6 years to become the director of HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.

Come together locally for smarter growth

Connecting competence to organized support is key to reversing the Sisyphean cycle of urban placemaking.

An exurban town sees the benefits of walkability

Londonderry, New Hampshire, could be a model for New England suburbs to organize growth at the metropolitan edge. 

Enough about the Millennials already!

Be careful about lazy research.

A wiser way of counting

Coming together under a big tent for synergistic growth that contributes to strong communities. This is the concluding essay in a 3-part series.

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