map showing jurisdictions in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Who’s Planning?

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Scranton, Pennsylvania In thinking about my visit to the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre region, I heard about a number of challenging land use and development issues. But one group…

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…

Otsego County planner Terry Bliss

A “Utility Player” Among Planners

by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Otsego County, New York Terry Bliss is a “utility player” among planners. Just like baseballs’ utility fielders, Bliss is called on to play all sorts of roles on…

part of huge green roof at Ford Motor's River Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan

When Rouge Turned Green

Part of Ford’s River Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan. by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from the Ford Motor Company River Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Ten years ago Ford reached the decision point on…

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…

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,…

Windham Regional Commission planners

Wrestling a Yankee

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont, along the Connecticut River. by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Brattleboro, Vermont No, no, I’m not encouraging Red Sox fans to take down Derek Jeter or…

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…

Read at your library poster

“A Harbor You Can Sail Into”

Stephen Coronella, librarian in Putney, Vermont. by PCJ Editor Wayne Senville, reporting from Putney and Brattleboro, Vermont Those are the words that Stephen Coronella used to describe the role of the Putney, Vermont, public library….

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…

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…

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…