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Now Available Online – Volume 44 of the Carolina Planning Journal

Volume 44 of the Carolina Planning Journal is now available for free on the Carolina Planning Journal webpage. Just scroll to the bottom and click on the link! The theme of Volume 44, Changing Ways, Making Change, was inspired by the planner’s enduring yet evolving relationship with change. Our field is inherently intertwined with change: how can we best adapt to and manage inevitable change, prevent detrimental change, and … Continue reading Now Available Online – Volume 44 of the Carolina Planning Journal

CPJ Recommended Book: Soft City

Sim provides a vision of an alternative urban future, where density and diversity in urban form strengthen our relationships and create a flexible city that is both efficient and enjoyable to inhabit. Amy Sechrist, Soft City Book Review We are pleased to announce that David Sim’s Soft City has been selected as our “recommended book” from the 45th edition of the Carolina Planning Journal. While … Continue reading CPJ Recommended Book: Soft City

From the Archives: Got Green Space?

This post was originally published by Anna Patterson on November 24, 2017. As COVID-19 has limited much of our activity and movement to our homes, many people are turning to the outdoors for a bit of refuge. Exploring the importance of green spaces- particularly on public health- this piece is once again relevant. Planning for Preventative Health Urban green space provides a place to escape … Continue reading From the Archives: Got Green Space?

When to Encourage a Monopoly: Uber and Lyft Are Killing Public Transit

By Evan King From an equity, economic, and common sense standpoint, the title of this post sounds terrible. Hear me out. Public transit is in trouble and has been for years. Transit ridership has been falling across the United States, and researchers have been coming closer and closer to attributing this to the rise of ride-hailing. Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft fulfill … Continue reading When to Encourage a Monopoly: Uber and Lyft Are Killing Public Transit

From the CPJ Archives: Steps Towards Recovery – An Integrated Platform for Disaster Recovery Planning, Management, and Tracking

This week we’re sharing an article that originally appeared in Volume 42 of the Carolina Planning Journal back in 2017. The theme of that edition was Re:(Anything) from Revitalization to Resilience. This volume sought to understand the convergent and contradictory meanings behind the prefix ‘re-‘. Articles covered diverse topics like revitalization, resiliency, and reinvestment. In this piece, Jennifer Horney and Katie Kirsch, both of Texas … Continue reading From the CPJ Archives: Steps Towards Recovery – An Integrated Platform for Disaster Recovery Planning, Management, and Tracking

A Walking Tour of McMansion Hell

By Jacob Becker Just like you, hopefully, recently I’ve been spending the majority of my day inside my house. For me, after a spring break visit turned into a semester-long stay, that means staying at my parents’ house in New Jersey.  I don’t want to give the Garden State a bad name—it’s full of natural beauty and wonderful bagels, with a competent governor who made … Continue reading A Walking Tour of McMansion Hell

Getting Around Getting Around: A Pandemic’s Impacts on Transportation

By Doug Bright Collectively, we’re doing a lot less moving these days. For many, including the UNC Chapel Hill community, the ongoing pandemic means that virtual meetings have replaced our daily commutes. Driven by both personal concern and government action in the form of stay-at-home orders, our non-essential trips have also been slashed in order to reduce interpersonal contact and infection rates. Some services, activities, … Continue reading Getting Around Getting Around: A Pandemic’s Impacts on Transportation

COVID-19 and Our Futures

By Evan King When speaking about the role of public transportation in modern society, I often bring up this article published by the Foundation for Economic Education. In it, the author essentially argues that the proliferation of telecommuting has removed all need for public transportation. If you take this line of thought to its logical, extreme conclusion, then we must be on an unstoppable trajectory … Continue reading COVID-19 and Our Futures

District Energy and Sustainability at UNC

By Amy Sechrist Have you ever wondered how your physics class is heated? How the student union stays cool in the summer? Or even just what powers the lights in the library? These questions might not seem that interesting, but when you consider that a campus like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has more than 175 buildings to heat, cool and power, these … Continue reading District Energy and Sustainability at UNC

Senior Honors Thesis: Greenspace and Health

By Lizzie Tong In the decades to come, cities must grapple with a myriad of challenges – climate change, increasing population density, rising inequality – and develop mitigation strategies through smart urban design. Cities around the world, including Singapore, Vienna, and Shenzhen, have turned to greenspace as a way to address these concerns and improve overall quality of life for its citizens.  Greenspace can mitigate … Continue reading Senior Honors Thesis: Greenspace and Health

Lessons in Disaster Response from the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami

By Rachael Wolff Tsunami comes from the Japanese characters meaning harbor (津tsu) and wave (波nami). While earthquakes and their resulting tsunamis have been a part of Japanese life since at least the 13th century, the 2011 duo that rocked Japan was the largest ever recorded in the country and fourth largest in the world. Interviews with first responders reveal their challenges with mental health and … Continue reading Lessons in Disaster Response from the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami