the word "Diversity" on a road sign

Leadership for Diversity

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Linda Trompetter and Arthur Breese Linda Trompetter and Arthur Breese have taken diversity as their mission. Not an easy task in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, an economically…

portion of a street grid

Origins of the Street Grid

Note from PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: If you walk through most North American cities you’ll find yourself on that very familiar grid of streets — usually intersecting at 90 degree angles. Indeed, until landscape architect…

Nodes and squares in Troy plan

A Suburb Plans for Change

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Troy, Michigan Troy, Michigan, is a spread out (6 x 6 mile), auto-oriented suburb (population 81,000) about 19 miles northwest of downtown Detroit. You’ll find many elements typical…

Sitting on movable chairs

Please Be Seated!

From PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: We do it dozens of times a day. During nice weather, we often do it in the park. And we’re careful where we do it, often scouting out a location…

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…

front page of old edition of Pithole Daily Record newspaper

Where America’s Oil Industry Was Born

Site of first American commercial oil well along Oil Creek in Titusville, Pennsylvania. by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Titusville and Warren, Pennsylvania I walked along Oil Creek in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on a sunny…

portion of map of Keystone Innovation district in Meadville, Pennsylvania

College and Community

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Meadville, Pennsylvania On the Allegheny College campus in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Too often these days, you hear about frictions between colleges and the communities they’re located in. But my…

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…

Dodge City Places Its Bet

Dodge City Places Its Bet

Note from PCJ Editor Wayne Senville: Perhaps you’re planning on doing some gambling this New Years’ weekend … maybe even at the new casino in Dodge City, Kansas. I visited Dodge City in June 2007,…

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…

portion of George Inness painting, The Lackawanna Valley

For the Love of Steam

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Scranton, Pennsylvania What, you’ve never heard of “Steamtown”? As you can see from the photo, it’s not about steam coming up out of the ground; it’s about steam…

Jim Brozena in Wilkes-Barre

Punching Through the Walls

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania “It took some convincing,” says Jim Brozena, but the Corps of Engineers agreed to punch two large “portals” through the massive flood control levee that separates…