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Designing a modern city from first principles

I'm looking for writing that envisions cities designed from the ground up, for the modern day, ignoring all the urban planning assumptions that have persisted for centuries. [more inside]
posted by ejs on Jun 2, 2016 - 29 answers

What makes one building harder to make than another?

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]
posted by JoannaC on Apr 12, 2016 - 13 answers

Needed: The perfect quote from Jane Jacobs

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!
posted by jenbo1 on Oct 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Housing first

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]
posted by latkes on Sep 25, 2015 - 21 answers

An urban planning tour of SF, Portland, and Seattle

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]
posted by facehugger on Aug 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Presentation Critical of the "Right Size" Concept of Urban Forestry?

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]
posted by LarryC on Jun 29, 2015 - 2 answers

Urban planning, etc...on an island.

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.?
posted by Sticherbeast on Apr 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Why do most businesses have flat roofs?

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]
posted by Trifling on Jan 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Examples of cities filling in big empty downtown spaces

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]
posted by fso on Sep 15, 2014 - 21 answers

The job market in LA

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]
posted by antgly on Dec 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Can you help me prepare for a planning job interview?

I have an interview for an urban planning job (yay me!), but I feel a little worried about the interview. [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick on Nov 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Should I get a PhD?

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]
posted by anotheraccount on Nov 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Why is there a wall at this intersection in Chicago?

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]
posted by enn on Jan 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Two Shell stations across the street from each other. Why?

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.
posted by staggering termagant on Jan 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Calling all planners!

Should I go into Urban Planning? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Jan 4, 2013 - 25 answers

Plus, if I moved to Canada I could get that sweet iron ring.

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]
posted by bumpjump on Aug 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Urban Plannin'

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]
posted by timpanogos on May 7, 2012 - 5 answers

A Freeway Runs Through It

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]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Jun 22, 2011 - 24 answers

Avenue then street, or vice-versa?

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]
posted by secretseasons on Apr 9, 2011 - 22 answers

There were no train stations. There were no downtowns. Hey, ho, nowhere to go: Ohio.

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]
posted by carmicha on Mar 16, 2011 - 32 answers

Gifts for someone who is attracted to cities

[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]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2010 - 18 answers

Salary range for planning/analyst jobs?

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]
posted by soviet sleepover on Oct 17, 2010 - 7 answers


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?
posted by ebesan on Oct 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Urban Planning: MURP or CivE?!

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]
posted by alaijmw on Jul 26, 2010 - 25 answers

Help me plan for planning!

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]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 12, 2010 - 10 answers

What have I spent my life on?

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]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Aug 31, 2009 - 3 answers

What are good urban planning programs for people with bachelor's degrees in visual arts?

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]
posted by Kattullus on Jul 1, 2009 - 2 answers

More debt please!

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]
posted by Team of Scientists on Jun 17, 2009 - 11 answers

tagging online maps for urban planning and design

How has your organization/neighborhood/town/city/region/etc... used interactive web-based map tagging sites (ie, Google Maps, ZeeMaps)? [more inside]
posted by jk252b on Mar 18, 2009 - 2 answers

diagonalism - a new science of mental health

What is this odd geographical feature in Long Beach, CA? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Dec 30, 2008 - 8 answers

call numbers or regulations

Looking into graduate school. With my skill set and interests, would I be better off in urban planning or librarianship? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Oct 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Figure 8 Urban Plan?

Looking for a particular transit-oriented development website. [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on Jun 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Urban Planning Career for an IT Consultant

As a one-time IT Consultant (Business degree), should I choose planning as a profession? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jun 4, 2008 - 2 answers

Help me find maps of the world's larger cities!

Help me find maps of the world's larger cities! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on May 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Where should a geek go to grad school to study urban planning?

Where should a computer science geek go to grad school to study urban planning? [more inside]
posted by zvs on May 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Detroit Green City

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]
posted by blapst on Apr 29, 2008 - 7 answers

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]
posted by salvia on Apr 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Nixing Law School in Favor of a M.U.P?

I'm considering urban planning as an alternative to law school. Do any planners/lawyers have feedback/advice on this? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Apr 2, 2008 - 24 answers

Master's Degree in Urban Planning for a JD: now, later, or never?

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]
posted by stopgap on Nov 23, 2007 - 15 answers

How do you get your feet wet in Urban Policy?

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]
posted by GilloD on Oct 6, 2007 - 7 answers

Where the sidewalk ends.

Looking for info about designing sidewalks by understanding human traffic patterns [more inside]
posted by horsemuth on May 14, 2007 - 20 answers

How cities are made

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..
posted by parallax7d on Dec 22, 2006 - 17 answers

Best traffic solution for a bad intersection?

Trafficfilter: at a problem intersection, what traffic solution would most benefit me – a stoplight, a traffic cop, a rotary, or something else? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Oct 12, 2006 - 13 answers

Urban planning jobs in developing areas?

Help me combine my interests in Latin America, urban planning, and not being unemployed. [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Feb 23, 2006 - 10 answers

Urban Planning

Urban Planning Filter: When I first moved to Seattle, someone explained how the city managed urban growth, particularly tall buildings. [M^I] [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar on Jul 31, 2004 - 3 answers

Dishwasher Pete

Did Dishwasher Pete ever reach his goal of washing dishes in all fifty states?
posted by drezdn on May 25, 2004 - 2 answers

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