On Being a City Planner in a Room Full of Engineers

Great transportation projects are built through broad, inter-disciplinary cooperation. For major projects, city planners and civil engineers usually work together during project development, with planners setting the scope, vision and major design features and engineers making sure the details work and engineering standards are met. […]

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Improving Dallas Through Small Things

I’m a big fan of the Polis blog.  I haven’t found any other collaborative blog that touches on so many interesting global planning and development issues. An article in their archive compared universal social policies with targeted programs.  Should education, health care, and other human […]

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Music Cities

Nashville has recently become an economic mecca for young professionals looking for jobs out of college, but before its development boom it was mostly known for its music.  Nashville started one of the first major music radio stations in 1925 which featured a live broadcast called the […]

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Are Peak Hour Parking Restrictions Necessary?

Walk around the downtown of any major U.S. city and you’ll probably see signs indicating time-of-day restrictions for on street parking. Some streets have AM peak restrictions, while many have PM peak restrictions.  The rationale behind these policies is to better accommodate peak hour traffic […]

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Cycling Safety and Protected Bicycle Facilities

The University of Westminster recently released a cycling safety study which used travel surveys to predict future cycling crash hot spots. By recording rider information on near misses, non-injury incidents and qualitative perceptions of safety, Rachel Aldred and Sian Crosweller showed that slower cyclists experience roadways […]

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Walking in Memphis

A community led revitalization of Broad Street in Memphis. A few buckets of paint, some pop up shops, and entrepreneurial spirit helped bring a neighborhood back to life. Temporary projects like these often encourage city agencies and politicians to re-imagine how streets can better serve […]

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