A high rise condo has been erected near my work, seemingly overnight. Meanwhile, a local shopping mall has been undergoing renovations for seemingly ages. What could account for this? [more inside]
I'm officiating my first wedding next week (Exciting! Scary!) and working on final details. I really would like to include a quote from Jane Jacobs, the couple's hero. “Neighborhood is a word that has come to sound like a Valentine. As a sentimental concept, ‘neighborhood’ is harmful to city planning. Sentimentality plays with sweet intentions in place of good sense.” is what I'm currently playing with, but it's not quite hitting the spot in a way I'd like without over-explaining it. Urban planning and sociology nerds: can you suggest any and all Jane Jacobs quotes that in some way connect with love, community, and growth? I welcome truly any thoughts you have, and feel free to share a bit about how you might use it. THANK YOU!
I care about affordable housing, eliminating homelessness, raising the standard living for poor people, and maintaining available housing stock for working and middle class people of all ethnic backgrounds. What specific policies should I support? [more inside]
I'm a young, aspiring urban planner, and over the next month my friend and I will be driving from San Francisco to Portland and then to Seattle. What should I see in these cities that will be interesting from a planner's/social justice/sustainability perspective? [more inside]
A few years ago I came across a presentation on the web. It was from an urban forester who was critical of the "right size" movement in urban forestry--you know, the one that advocates planting spindly overgrown shrubs along streets rather than the magnificent towering canopy trees of yesteryear, on the grounds that big trees can crack the sidewalks and stuff. Now I can't find it. Anyone have a link to critiques of the right size movement? [more inside]
With regard to urban planning and similar disciplines, what challenges and techniques are relatively unique to islands or island-centric places, such as Hong Kong, Corsica, the islands of Hawaii, Cuba, etc.?
It seems like wherever I go, businesses have flat roofs, while houses have sloped ones. I've always heard bad things about flat roofing, but presumably they have some sort of reasoning for not going with the sloped. [more inside]
Ottawa needs to finally develop a massive field sitting empty in the middle of the city. They want it to be a landmark. I'm terrified they'll screw it up like they always do. [more inside]
I'm making plans to move to Los Angeles and I very likely will have someone else accompanying me who is also feeling the desire to move to Los Angeles with me as well (he went with me on a week long vacation - please note the previous AskMeFi for better reference [more inside]
I have an interview for an urban planning job (yay me!), but I feel a little worried about the interview. [more inside]
I'm about to finish an MPA. I find myself very drawn to a PhD in Urban Studies. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
At what should be the three-way intersection of Paulina St. and W. Rosehill Dr. in western Edgewater in Chicago, there is a cement wall (looking north, looking south) that prevents you from turning from one of these streets onto the other, turning Paulina into a dead end. Why? [more inside]
In my town, there's a Shell station on one corner of the intersection. On another corner of the same intersection, another Shell. There're also two Woolworths right across the street from each other, and two Pizza Huts. Why? Does anyone out there have any idea? I mean, any ACTUAL idea, not just supposition? Maybe someone who works in marketing, or urban planning? Also, are there any resources I could read that explain these kinds of business decisions? I've looked online and can't find any information. Thanks very much.
Should I go into Urban Planning? [more inside]
Civil engineers, talk about yourselves! What do you do, what's your average workday like, what kind of money do you make and how did you get to the point in your career you're at right now? [more inside]
I'm looking to make the jump from the public sector to perhaps a career in urban planning. Can you share your experience with me? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of cool, walkable mixed-use urban areas that existed before or grew up around freeway interchanges, and that still work despite being so close to major highways. [more inside]
When you state an intersection in a city that has avenues and streets (or some other system where N-S is one set and E-W is another set), is there a convention for which you name first? In other words, how should people interpret something like "9th and 11th"? If there's a convention, is it universal? Or, does it vary from city to city? [more inside]
What are your favorite interesting or telling U.S. pop culture references to urban planning issues, including the image of city/suburb/exurban/rural areas as places to live and the process of creating community? [more inside]
[XmasGiftFilter] So I'm looking for gifts related to urban planning / urbanism in general. This is sort of an attempt to use Metafilter as a "people who liked x also liked y" function, since it's full of people who like this particular x. [more inside]
Asking on behalf of a friend: what's the salary range for an analyst or entry level urban planner without credentials in the San Francisco bay area? [more inside]
Tell me about Detroit real estate and urban policy today. How are they dealing with the damage, even collapse/abandonment of neighborhoods? For someone interested in the city, and specifically these distressed areas, how is the City managing them? Creative Zoning? Homesteading? What are the opportunities for an individual? Business needs? How much of the land itself is damaged from past industrial use? Are there programs for (brownfield) rehabilitation?
So I think I want to radically change careers and head towards Urban Planning / Civil Engineering. Which degree should I get and how should I go about this? [more inside]
I think urban planning could be my dream profession. I also have no experience whatsoever, all the introductory jobs want experience, and I don't want to go to grad school without KNOWING this is for me. [more inside]
How do I apply to Master's programs when I don't have either real academic credentials or a particularly distinguished career reputation? [more inside]
My sister is entering last year of art school this fall but she wants to seek an urban planning graduate degree afterwards. What are good urban planning programs for people with bachelor's degrees in visual arts? [more inside]
I don't want to pursue a career in the field for which I received my degree. Help guide my search for a grad school field. [more inside]
How has your organization/neighborhood/town/city/region/etc... used interactive web-based map tagging sites (ie, Google Maps, ZeeMaps)? [more inside]
Looking into graduate school. With my skill set and interests, would I be better off in urban planning or librarianship? [more inside]
Looking for a particular transit-oriented development website. [more inside]
As a one-time IT Consultant (Business degree), should I choose planning as a profession? [more inside]
Help me find maps of the world's larger cities! [more inside]
Where should a computer science geek go to grad school to study urban planning? [more inside]
Sometime in the last year I read an article in a print magazine about Detroit becoming the model sustainable city of the future. Help me find it. [more inside]
Two stories from San Fran planning history: sunny plazas and small parcels for small builders. Details?
I'm trying to track down two stories about recent urban planning history in San Francisco: 1) making sure plazas stay sunny at lunchtime, 2) making sure small builders could help redevelop a large area. Do you know these stories? Do you know of good online sources for San Francisco urban planning history? [more inside]
I'm considering urban planning as an alternative to law school. Do any planners/lawyers have feedback/advice on this? [more inside]
Master's Degree in Urban Planning: now, later, or never? I'm in my third year of law school, and I've realized (after taking on a pile of debt) that I don't really want to practice law. I think urban planning is the right field for me. Should I rush to get applications in now to start a program next fall, or should I enter the workplace and try to apply next year? Or should I skip the urban planning degree and start applying for planning jobs with my JD? [more inside]
I'm pondering a graduate program in Urban Policy at the New School. I'm wondering where to get my feet wet. As always, more inside. [more inside]
Looking for info about designing sidewalks by understanding human traffic patterns [more inside]
I want to learn the basics about urban planning, road planning, and how buildings are put together. Everything from skyscrapers to single family houses. I always wonder about the reasons roads are built where they are given the terrain. I'm always staring at high rises under construction to figure out what principles and methods go into their construction. My ultimate goal would be to create a program for generating random terrain/roads/towns/cities etc..
Trafficfilter: at a problem intersection, what traffic solution would most benefit me – a stoplight, a traffic cop, a rotary, or something else? [more inside]
Help me combine my interests in Latin America, urban planning, and not being unemployed. [more inside]
Urban Planning Filter: When I first moved to Seattle, someone explained how the city managed urban growth, particularly tall buildings. [M^I] [more inside]
Did Dishwasher Pete ever reach his goal of washing dishes in all fifty states?