Understanding Urbanization and Globalization in Shenzhen, China

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. Many of the … 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?

A Primer on Nuisance Ordinances and Domestic Violence

By Amy Sechrist Nuisance property ordinances are not a new concept, but their continued prevalence and persistence across the United States has many unintended consequences. So, what exactly is a nuisance ordinance? This short explainer will provide an overview of these challenging policies and what can be done to lessen their effects.  Nuisance property ordinances are part of a larger trend known as “third-party policing”, … Continue reading A Primer on Nuisance Ordinances and Domestic Violence

Savings Patients but Harming the Planet? Hospitals as Stewards of the Trash Crisis

By Emily Gvino According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce 25% more trash than usual between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, generating 1 million tons more waste every week during this time frame[1]. However, the life cycle of this country’s waste poses a critical issue throughout the year. Urban planners, public works departments, and local officials are already dealing with the downstream impacts of … Continue reading Savings Patients but Harming the Planet? Hospitals as Stewards of the Trash Crisis