Jul 31, 2011

Don't Mess With This Police Department



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Suddenly, cops. 



Why Comprehensive Plans Gather Dust


Della Rucker talks about her article: "Why Comprehensive Plans Gather Dust"

From Planning Commissioners Journal Editor Wayne Senville:


Conversation-with-Della-RuckerOur Summer issue includes a short, butvery interesting article by PCJ contributing writer Della Rucker on why some comprehensive plans seem to fail. 




Jul 30, 2011

NIMBY NATION


NIMBY Not In My Back Yard



NIMBY Nation: Mad as hell and I don’t blame ‘em. For now.

  • GOOD NIMBYS

    Good NIMBYs
    NIMBY action as a force for communal good. Courtesy of Scott Doyon.
  • TRUST

    Trust
    Trust in positive change is a limited commodity. Courtesy of Scott Doyon.

Scott Doyon, New Urban Network

You know, I gotta give NIMBYs their due. In many instances, their tireless efforts have kept the world from becoming a worse place, and that’s no small feat. But, sadly, it’s not their only accomplishment.

They’ve also kept the world from becoming a better place.

Welcome to the problem with NIMBYs. Their reactionary nature can’t tell the difference between bad change and good. And that’s a problem if you’ve any hope for building better communities.

Early on, NIMBY action centered around large, substantive initiatives with no shortage of arguable downsides. Nuclear plants. Landfills. Toxic industry. Projects universally loathed no matter where you went.


Al Queda Disses American Infrastructure



Friday Funny: America's Declining Infrastructure Repels Al Queda



An Al Queda spokesperson says that they refuse to attack any U.S. bridges or any part of the transportation system because they're already in such a poor state no one will notice.
From The Onion, the Al Queda representative demands that American politicians build "...efficient and reliable modes of public transport to reduce traffic congestion, lower carbon emissions, improve air quality, and supply suitable targets for terrorists."
Evidently plans to attack America's high-speed rail system were in the works, but Al Queda leaders were "...shocked to discover no such thing exists."
Source: The Onion, July 28, 2011



Jul 29, 2011

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Reid Ewing shatters the stereotypes to show how planners and developers can work together in combating urban sprawl. Backed by real-world examples, this down-to-earth guide is must reading for everyone seeking better ways to plan and design communities.

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Zoning as a Barrier to Multifamily Housing Development (PAS 548)Zoning as a Barrier to Multifamily Housing Development (PAS 548)
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Most communities want to provide affordable housing opportunities. But are their own zoning codes getting in the way? This report looks at zoning in six cities and finds opportunities to break down barriers to higher-density and more affordable housing.

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