A is for Automobile

A is for Automobile

These 26 short articles provide — in alphabetical order — a terrific introduction to planning in America. They were prepared for the Planning Commissioners Journal by planning historian Laurence C. Gerckens, FAICP. Gerckens is national…

Comprehensive Plans

Comprehensive Plans

an overview of the role of the comprehensive plan by long-time planning historian Laurence Gerckens. C is for Comprehensive Plan — by Laurence C. Gerckens, FAICP A community’s comprehensive plan is not just a file…

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T is for Takings

1978. At issue was New York City’s historic designation of Grand Central Terminal, which prevented Penn Central from constructing an office tower over the Terminal. The Court held there was no “taking,” as Penn Central…

A Vermont perspective on billboard control

A Vermont perspective on billboard control

Indeed, as planning historian Laurence C. Gerckens, FAICP, has noted, the origins of city planning in American centered on “realizing an inspiring good order in the public environment while protecting the positive qualities of both…

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R is for Regional Planning

this transportation-oriented model of regional planning which took hold across America. One of the most significant federal actions in support of regional planning occurred in 1969 with the issuance of “Circular A-95” by the U.S….

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Z is for Zoning

ordinance that included the entire area of jurisdiction. This combination of factors still defines “comprehensive zoning.” Most communities hesitated to follow New York’s lead in adopting comprehensive zoning because the circumstances of the Hadacheck case…

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V is for Vision

Virginia, a brilliantly conceived vision of “urbanism in the countryside;” in the 1979 Capital Center Plan for Providence, Rhode Island, which set the framework for the revitalization of that city and for such amenities as…

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W is for Water

collection and removal. The introduction of the water closet and piped water supply resulted in overflowing private cesspools. This motivated construction of community-wide collection systems to carry away sewage to rivers and streams. Unfortunately, this…