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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…