Category Archives: land use

Scaling 8,144 foot Green Mountain in Boulder, Colorado

Last Saturday (October 11th), just 12 hours after arriving from Michigan, we undertook an arduous hike to the top of Green Mountain, Colorado. The weather forecast was poor for Sunday, so Saturday was our best opportunity to enjoy the splendid … Continue reading

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Bangkok to join the 2,000 foot skyscraper club

Bangkok is about to join the mega-skyscraper club with a 125 story, 2018 foot tall tower planned for completion in 2019.    

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World’s longest subway/metro systems

Below is a list of the longest subway/metro systems in the world, based on a minimum length of 100 kilometers. These do not include street trams, light rail, or commuter railroads, only subways/metros. Of those cities identified below, 14 are located … Continue reading

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Planners should not be just paper pushers and processors!

In the planning profession, there is an inherent risk of urban planners becoming solely mundane paper pushers and permit processors. That is due to several factors, including: The variety of requests being processed – rezonings, special use permits, variances, plats, planned unit developments, site … Continue reading

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Blight bred by an outdated zoning map

As urban planners, one of our primary responsibilities is to advise the Planning Commission and the elected body on zoning and land use matters. Among these issues are situations where a zoning designation on a parcel or parcels is out … Continue reading

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Five Chinatown Gates in eleven days

Here are photographs taken of Chinatown Friendship Gates in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria, Canada; as well as Seattle Washington during our recent train trip across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. In Winnipeg, there is an especially lovely Chinese Garden … Continue reading

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If every city looks alike, then we are failing as a profession

In response to a cartoon I posted yesterday on panethos.wordpress.com, (see above) a comment was made that planners are one of the reasons why so many cities look-alike. That was a very thought-provoking and rather disconcerting response. With reflection, I … Continue reading

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