The concepts of “urban form” and “the public realm,” central to form-based codes, are absent from the conventional zoning vocabulary. A look at key differences between FBCs and traditional zoning.
Why is it that neighborhoods with older, smaller buildings often seem more vibrant than those with larger, newer ones? Ed McMahon explores this question, highlighting some recent research.
Antia Rasmussen concludes her series of articles on the small city of Sartell, Minnesota, with an update on “Old Blue” and a report about her encounter with some thoughtful fourth graders.
In what ways does “quality of life” most matter for young adults — and for seniors? In this month’s Across Generations column, Stuart Andreason and Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur respond to that question.
Yesterday at its annual meeting, the American Public Health Association adopted a policy statement on noise pollution. A brief description of what APHA is calling for.
We’re excited to be introducing a year-long series focusing on issues facing both young and old. In the kick-off piece, a look at the growing interest among senior citizens in aging-in-place.
Individuality; distinctiveness; sense of place — it’s what makes a city interesting to residents and visitors alike. Plus: creative entrepreneurship in Portland; it’s all in the details; and does Portland work for everyone?
After spending ten days in Portland, Oregon, PlannersWeb Editor Wayne Senville reflects on nature in the city and the role of water. More reflections from Senville over the next few days.
Three of Portland’s newest urban parks serve the booming Pearl District, north of downtown. Each park has its own special identity and character — the result of a thoughtful planning process.
What do street intersections have to do with strong neighborhoods and empowered citizens? Aren’t intersections just for dividing up blocks, and getting traffic through? Take a look at a program that’s turned intersections on their head.
“The built environment is health policy and social policy in concrete,” says Dr. Richard Jackson, in documenting the connection the public health impacts of how we plan and build our communities.
We continue our walk, discussing Portland’s innovative design regulations; the boom in bicycle parking; and the condition of city sidewalks.
A look at how Portland has gone beyond “Walk Score” in using a detailed rating system to evaluate neighborhood “walkability” — and why one older neighborhood fares quite well.