Category Archives: land use

Three classic urban basins

Below are satellite and photographic images of three classic urban basins (or bowl-shaped valley cities, Katmandu, Nepal; Lubango, Angola; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. There are a number of cities around the globe that sit in basins surrounded by mountains, including Mexico … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from Winnipeg, Manitoba

The following is another post in an ongoing series which highlights ten important planning lessons from various cities around the world. Below are the ten planning lessons I’ve learned from two visits to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – one in 2005 and the other … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from Victoria, British Columbia

My wife and I had the great pleasure of visiting gorgeous Victoria, British Columbia for five days last month. After some time for reflection, here is my list of ten planning lessons learned from this magnificent city. If there ever were a … Continue reading

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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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