Category Archives: diversity

Shedding light on shameful Sundown Towns


I feel ashamed to admit having grown up in the United States, garnered high school, undergrad, and graduate degrees, including a minor in history, and still didn’t know about Sundown Towns. Let me correct that, I didn’t know how prevalent … Continue reading

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The “not-so good” war


Often, as Americans we are told that World War II was “the good war.” But, is that really the case or is it just an example of the victors writing history to serve their needs? No one is disputing that … Continue reading

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Building a peaceful community with good planning


Building a peaceful community does not just result from how we treat one another (see previous post), but can be literally develop based on how we design our communities and allocate funding. The days of the “wrong side of the … Continue reading

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The Portland Conundrum 


Below is an eye-opening summary of the housing market in Portland, Oregon from the perspective of a new resident to the region, who also happens to be an urban planner and a friend of mine. The parallels to what we … Continue reading

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Best new planning term in years: “spreadlining”


  Friday, @schmangee of streetsblog.org and rustwire.com pointed out an ¬†interesting issue on her Twitter feed. It noted: “We need issue branding as good as the term gentrification for the more common & devastating combination of sprawl, segregation & bad … Continue reading

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Transforming the mundane into the m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s!


There are certain mundane objects that we see each and every day, but hardly think about. They have become the equivalent of background noise in our visual world. Such mundane items might include light poles, mailboxes, dumpsters, utility boxes, overpasses, … Continue reading

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The science of creating place


For those generations prior to the millennials, one’s place of residence was most often determined by factors such as proximity to family and employment opportunities. For this writer, that meant moving to Dayton, Ohio when I was a fresh, shiny … Continue reading

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