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‘Urban Planning’ Archive

The Unbreakable Contradiction in Our View of Housing March 15, 2016 No Comments

Daniel Kay Hertz, a young urbanist from Chicago, [his website is https://danielkayhertz.com] has written the most succinct expression yet of why the whole issue of housing is a dilemma for Americans.  It got a fair bit of notice, and was reproduced in The Atlantic.  Anyway, in the article he says this: Here are two ideas that, […]

The Residential College Experience and New Urbanism October 7, 2014 No Comments

Matthew Gerken, in Philanthropy Daily, has a nice essay entitled “Why We Love College.”  For all the problems with the American university experience – they’re not preparing the kids for jobs! – they’re not preparing the kids for anything but jobs! – those who have the residential college experience [and I would remind Mr Gerken […]

No, “New Urbanism” and “Smart Growth” are Not the Same August 26, 2014 No Comments

There are two political movements in urban development that have a lot of overlap but are not the same.  ‘New Urbanism’ advocates the legalization and building of communities resembling the 19th century American town, with a fair number of single family homes [or maybe ‘single family’ with granny flats], row houses, and clumps of apartments, […]

Changing my mind about single family homes April 5, 2013 No Comments

I used to believe that social justice required that a region be overbuilt [or at least over-entitled at law] in high-density housing and other locally undesirable land uses.  Now, thanks to Joel Kotkin’s influence, I believe that social justice requires that a region be overbuilt, or at least over-entitled, in ‘both’ high-density housing and single […]

Andres Duany: Living Small November 1, 2012 No Comments

In the same USA Today 30 years special in which Marc Andreessen gave his dire warning in my last post, Andres Duany, not a man of the left, talks about the urban future.  Global warming will not be prevented, he says [which is just as well with me, as I’ve advocated adaptation].  We will see […]

Tea Party Advocates Big Government? September 24, 2012 No Comments

Because the quote I want to use is from a comment on Lisa Hymas’ post at Grist.org that is way down toward the bottom, and because I mainly want to respond to that comment, I will quote it here in full: Marc 1875: What I fail to understand is why the Tea Party advocates for […]

'Smart Growth' or Housing Opportunity October 30, 2011 3 Comments

John Crawford, of Sierra Madre, misunderstands the proper purpose of SB 375.  Yes, it is a form of social engineering, but so are the existing policies in those towns forbidding high density housing.  Yes, it is mistaken if it is trying to get suburbanites out of their single family houses and into apartments.  It is not […]

Somebody Must Like Irvine March 24, 2011 No Comments

Jerry Sullivan in Irvine, By Design points out that Irvine is not that different from what the hipster gentrifiers of places like Echo Park would do if they had full control! I need to correct an error. Don Bren does not deserve all the praise, or blame, for what Irvine is. He became sole owner […]