The 3 D’s of Portland’s 20-minute neighborhoods concept: Distance: how far can you walk in 20 minutes? Destinations: is everything you need on a daily basis within that distance? Density: are there enough people in the area to support the businesses and facilities you need for daily needs?
Editor’s Notes & Interviews
A preview of what you’ll be hearing in coming weeks on PlannersWeb — in reporting on sessions from the International Making Cities Livable Conference in Portland, Oregon.
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities has a useful new tool available on their web site. Called, “HotReports,” it allows you to measure how your county is doing on several “sustainability indicators” — which you can then compare to statewide and national averages.
Top administrators from EPA, HUD, and DOT respond to questions “tweeted” in about the agencies’ joint Partnership for Sustainable Communities program. View the video of the “Town Hall” event.
Our series wraps up, as our seven participants point to ways of strengthening the relationship between staff planners and planning commissioners.
Today, suggestions for staff planners — based on our participants’ experience as planning commissioners.
Our series continues, as we ask our seven planners what advice they’d give to planning commissioners — based on their experience as staff planners.
Today, our seven planners tell us what most surprised them when they started serving on their planning commission.
We asked seven individuals who have served both as professional and citizen planners to reply to a series of short questions. Today, they explain what got them interested in serving on their community’s planning commission.
OK, I’ll admit it — this post doesn’t have much to do with city planning (at least directly). But it’s graduation time — and one tradition I and many other Burlington residents have is to walk over to the University of Vermont and watch the pomp of the commencement ceremony. This year we were also treated to a remarkable commencement address by jazz great Wynton Marsalis — just featured on NBC Nightly News.
“My images of aerial views are totally fictional, although in the beginning I used aerial photographs as references for the overall appearance of the landscape. … What occurs in my pictures could be emblematic for society as a whole.”
Did you see a recent article in Forbes Magazine, “Downtowns: What’s Behind America’s Most Surprising Real Estate Boom”? See related articles we’ve published and join us on LinkedIN to discuss: Are there barriers in your community to having more downtown housing? Are there programs to encourage it?
Planners are increasingly relying on the web and online tools to gather public input. But there are concerns about the “digital divide” and whether all segments of the community can participate. A look at how public libraries are helping reduce the digital divide.