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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

CPJ's Favorite Planning Books of 2019

In a 2019 review of Samuel Stein’s Capital City for The New Yorker, Nikil Saval writes, “The planner, after decades of irrelevance, or worse, might yet be a figure of note—and perhaps, in a time of crisis, one of purpose.” In recent years, the publishing industry has readily taken note of the field, and a host of new books offer diverse perspectives on a wide … Continue reading CPJ's Favorite Planning Books of 2019

Coming Soon: CPJ's 45th Edition, "Hazards in the Southeastern US"

Given a costly and devastating year for natural disasters, particularly in the Southeastern US, how can planners prepare for natural hazards in the near and distant future? The topic is timely for North Carolinians following recent major hurricanes Florence and Dorian. Not to mention the national dialogue about the effects of climate change. The 45th edition of the Carolina Planning Journal, titled Hazards in the … Continue reading Coming Soon: CPJ's 45th Edition, "Hazards in the Southeastern US"

Understanding Urbanization and Globalization in Shenzhen, China

By Heyne Kim In the most literal sense, the term Global South indicates countries situated south of the Equator. In practice, however, it encompasses emerging and developing economies in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania, regardless of their geographic location relative to the Equator. Despite the discrepancy in its literal reading and underlying definition, the term has become synonymous with youth, energy, hope and excitement. … Continue reading Understanding Urbanization and Globalization in Shenzhen, China

DCRP Master's Project Preview

UNC’s top-ranked master’s program is designed to successfully prepare students for professional planning practice. A central component of the curriculum is a final capstone project, an ‘MP,’ which provides an opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge they’ve developed in the classroom and demonstrate their readiness for practice. But the MP is also a space for students to engage with pressing social and … Continue reading DCRP Master's Project Preview

The Untold Story of Amazon’s Arrival to Hudson Yards

By Brandon Tubby In March 2019, an assortment of politicians, businessmen, and architects gathered in Manhattan’s Far West Side to celebrate the grand opening of Hudson Yards, New York’s newest neighborhood. The city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, though, was notably absent. Make no mistake – the event was certainly worthy of mayoral attention. With its soaring towers, expertly-engineered 26-acre platform, and $25 billion price tag, … Continue reading The Untold Story of Amazon’s Arrival to Hudson Yards

The Power Broker: The Movie! Motherless Brooklyn and Villainy in the Planning World

By Evan King Recently, I went with two of my classmates to the Chapel Hill premier of Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton’s new noir drama, featuring Jane Jacobs in all her sharp-witted, bespectacled glory, and Robert Moses as a fully-fledged Hollywood villain. It felt like an obvious choice for me, as a planning student, but I really had to wonder how fans of the original book … Continue reading The Power Broker: The Movie! Motherless Brooklyn and Villainy in the Planning World

Is Affordable Housing Moving to the Suburbs?

By Frank Muraca Since its creation in 1986, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) has become the largest source of new affordable housing in the nation, supporting the development of nearly three million affordable units nationwide and over 100,000 units in North Carolina. Each year, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) ranks applications submitted by affordable housing developers to determine which projects will be … Continue reading Is Affordable Housing Moving to the Suburbs?