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The Future of Biking Across the United States

If you have ever felt compelled to confront the importance of planning in your daily life, try biking on the rumble strip of a highway. The discomfort of being distinctly out of place reveals underlying structures in the way things are built. In the summer of 2015, I biked across the country 4,295 miles from Portland, M.E., to Seattle, W.A., with the organization Bike the … Continue reading The Future of Biking Across the United States

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Now Available Online – Volume 43 of the Carolina Planning Journal

Volume 43 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 for this issue, “Planning for Uncertainty,” was inspired by the unexpected results of the 2016 presidential election, which raised countless questions about our values, how politics affect planning, and the future trajectory of our country. Authors in this … Continue reading Now Available Online – Volume 43 of the Carolina Planning Journal

Life in Copenhagen, a Living City

In January, I set out on my own to spend a semester in Copenhagen. My professors had told me tales of cycling culture and ski-slope-power-plants, and I was determined to see it for myself. I was a little nervous, very excited, and more prepared than I thought for life in Denmark’s capital city. Some part of me had this expectation that all of Copenhagen is … Continue reading Life in Copenhagen, a Living City

Reflections Post-Graduation Featuring: Katy Lang

Katy Lang tells us about her experiences post-graduation. She graduated in May 2018 and is currently working in the Washington D.C. area. Her work focuses on transportation. Read her responses to the following interview questions to find out more about the work that she does and some advice looking back. What is your current job? Program Manager for WalkArlington. WalkArlington is part of Arlington’s transportation … Continue reading Reflections Post-Graduation Featuring: Katy Lang

A Look at Mobile Homes: Possibilities and Barriers to Manufactured Housing in the Affordable Housing Crisis

Manufactured homes – or mobile homes, as they were designated up until 1976 – come in a variety of designs. What they have in common across locations is often scorn for their existence. Whether it is disdain from the media, negative judgments about the residents, or outright prohibition by zoning and legislative measures,1 there are a shortage of communities that welcome a mobile home park within … Continue reading A Look at Mobile Homes: Possibilities and Barriers to Manufactured Housing in the Affordable Housing Crisis

Planning, Design, and McMansions: A Conversation with Kate Wagner

Earlier this month, first-year Master of City and Regional Planning student Emily Paul interviewed Kate Wagner, the creator of the viral blog McMansion Hell and whose work was recently included in the Web Cultures Web Archive through the Library of Congress. Kate’s writing focuses on architecture and design, and Emily was interested in hearing her thoughts on the state of housing today, new design trends, … Continue reading Planning, Design, and McMansions: A Conversation with Kate Wagner

The Impacts of Defining and Classifying Brownfields

 This piece was originally written by Ben Berolzheimer for Planning Methods (PLAN 720) in November 2018. What are brownfields and why should planners care about them? The United States EPA (1) defines a brownfield as “a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” Brownfields are located in just about … Continue reading The Impacts of Defining and Classifying Brownfields

Reflections Post-Graduation Featuring: Sarah Parkins

What is your current job? Transportation Planner for the Transportation System’s Planning Group at WSP in Raleigh, NC. WSP is a transportation planning and engineer consulting firm with offices across the U.S. How does your job relate to the specialization you pursued in Carolina Planning? If at all? I was a housing and community development student (HCD), so my job doesn’t directly relate, however, I … Continue reading Reflections Post-Graduation Featuring: Sarah Parkins