Mercedes, Nissan, BMW: How the Southeast Became the New Hub for Auto-Manufacturing

By: Brandon Tubby No place in America has deeper ties to the automotive industry than Detroit, Michigan. A close second could be the town of Smyrna, Tennessee. While much less known, Smyrna became a significant player in the automotive industry when Nissan opened a massive plant in this Nashville suburb in 1982. Its quick success and ascension to the most productive automotive factory in the … Continue reading Mercedes, Nissan, BMW: How the Southeast Became the New Hub for Auto-Manufacturing

Greenwashing Alert: Where’s the Three Zeros Plan, UNC?

I made a plan to strike for the climate on the steps of South Building where senior administrators make decisions that directly determine UNC’s environmental impact. I would call for the public release of a comprehensive, actionable Three Zeros Plan that explains in detail how the University will achieve its widely publicized and highly celebrated goals. Continue reading Greenwashing Alert: Where’s the Three Zeros Plan, UNC?

From the CPJ Archives: Creative Placemaking

This week, we’re sharing an article that originally appeared in Volume 41 of the Carolina Planning Journal back in 2016. The theme of that edition was Just Creativity. To kick it off, DCRP Professor Andrew Whittemore reviewed the literature on placemaking and explored where the arts and creativity intersect with planning. Volume 41 and other back issues of the Journal can be found on our … Continue reading From the CPJ Archives: Creative Placemaking

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

Can America Replicate Singapore’s Garden Cities?

By Lizzie Tong In the realm of sustainability and urban planning, Singapore is often hailed as a city-state worthy of envy and comparison – a Garden City. Through 40 years of rapid economic development and a transformation into an international financial hub, Singapore has been mindful to protect its natural environment, developing a reputation as a leader in green design. As a small island about … Continue reading Can America Replicate Singapore’s Garden Cities?

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”