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
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?
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
The Department of City and Regional Planning’s graduating class of 2019 completed their Master’s Projects on a vast array of topics, all demonstrating independent, original work on students’ areas of interest. This series shares the abstracts of projects that focus on similar topics. This final set in the series includes Master’s Projects that look at housing in North Carolina and internationally. Disrupted: An Exploration … Continue reading Master’s Project Abstracts: Housing and Community Development
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
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
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