SLW-ability Yields Stronger Local Economies

SLW-ability Yields Stronger Local Economies

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting on the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York In keeping with the flood of acronyms I heard at the AMPO conference the past two…

Jane Jacobs & Robert Moses

Jane Jacobs & Robert Moses

From PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: The first video below is about two individuals who, arguably, have had more of an impact on the course of urban planning in North America than any others — Robert…

photo of a young couple walking their dog

The Future Belongs to Walkable Communities

From PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: Reid Ewing “The future belongs to walkable communities,” claimed planning scholar Reid Ewing at a forum in Burlington, Vermont, sponsored by the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center and the…

portion of map showing priority lakeshore projects in northwest Indiana

Planning for 46 Miles of Lakeshore

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from the lakeshore of northwestern Indiana Mt. Baldy dune formation along Lake Michigan in Northwestern Indiana The sign warned that it would be a strenuous climb. Could this really…

Piano Stairs

Piano Stairs

Note from PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: You might have noticed that we previously posted a note about the health benefits of using stairs. Then we came across a video that shows how using stairs can…

Roadway and sidewalk in Pompeii

Can We Connect?

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting on the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations conference in Saratoga Springs, New York One of the key themes I heard during sessions at the AMPO conference was the importance…

The Beer Belly of America

The Beer Belly of America

Note from PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: We love maps — and are happy to see that the Web seems to be proliferating with fans of geography and cartography. So, maybe it shouldn’t come as a…

Montrose, Colorado, Planning Commissioners get together after a commission meeting

Let’s Meet at the Wayzata Bar and Grill

Note from PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: Spotted this agenda for last night’s meeting of the Wayzata, Minnesota, Planning Commission — note the area I’ve highlighted in yellow. Does your community’s planning commission get together after…

businesswoman climbing a flight of stairs

Take the Stairs … for Health

Note from PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: How often do you use the stairs when there’s an elevator available? Some public health advocates and architects are starting to give more attention to the value of stairs…

Map showing vacant lots in Flint, Michigan

Not Giving Up on Flint — Part I

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Flint, Michigan Doug Wieland, Executive Director of the Genesee County Land Bank, pulled out a sheet of paper and pushed it across the table towards me. This is…

Housing is located a block away from Saratoga Springs' main street

Downtown Housing -Minus Parking +Plus Commercial

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Saratoga Springs, New York: The residents and business owners of Saratoga Springs, New York, treasure their downtown. With its wide sidewalks, Broadway is lined with stores, restaurants, banks,…

Free Online Course on Technology for Cities

Free Online Course on Technology for Cities

From PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: we received this announcement which, we think, will be of interest to a number of planning commissioners. I’ve met Jennifer Evans-Cowley and have also heard her speak. Based on that…