By: Evan King The people who benefit most from the American urban environment’s injustices do not usually make a habit of talking about them. Wealthy suburbs are built not just to keep resources away from minorities, but to make this deprivation invisible and undiscussed. It’s no coincidence that high-profile political debate rarely focuses on the built environment – national elections hinge on the support of … Continue reading Planning as a Front Row Political Issue
By Evan King From an equity, economic, and common sense standpoint, the title of this post sounds terrible. Hear me out. Public transit is in trouble and has been for years. Transit ridership has been falling across the United States, and researchers have been coming closer and closer to attributing this to the rise of ride-hailing. Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft fulfill … Continue reading When to Encourage a Monopoly: Uber and Lyft Are Killing Public Transit
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?
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
By: Brandon Tubby Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a place full of places. The history of the town, founded in 1783, is inextricably tied to that of the country’s first public university and the flagship university of the state of North Carolina. Such a close association between a university and the town it resides in is evident as the university carries the name of its … Continue reading Top 10 Best Public Places in Chapel Hill
It’s not easy being green . . . unless you are a greenway. In that case, you’re probably a hot ticket for municipalities, especially those in North Carolina. As part of the East Coast Greenway, 372 miles of trails wind across the state. Get Going NC, a blog created by Cary-based author Joe Miller in cooperation with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North … Continue reading The Path to Equity: Do Greenways Help or Harm Low-Income Communities?
“All that is left of the original impulse toward autonomy and initiative [of American suburbia] is the driving of the private motor car, but . . . clever engineers already threaten to remove the individual control by a system of automation.” – Lewis Mumford, The City in History, 1961 Carolina DCRP students, especially those who have taken courses on transportation, have been part of many … Continue reading A Few Words in Defense of Driving – But Only Against Autonomous Vehicles
While Americans are debating a Hyperloop, electric scooters, and ride-hailing services, some people are still just trying to access basic road infrastructure. Take Kunar, Afghanistan: located on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Kunar is a stronghold for the Taliban and the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), the Afghan branch of ISIS. Despite the ongoing violence in Kunar, the government has been unable to advance its counter-terrorism agenda … Continue reading Path to Peace: Road Building and Recovery in Afghanistan
So why do people hate developers so much? UCLA conducted a study to examine just that, and their conclusion boils down to two primary reasons. First, developers generally get in and out of the market as quickly as possible to reduce risk, limiting their ability to engage with the community. Second, people do not like that developers make money by building public and private space … Continue reading Not All Developers Are Boogeymen
Columbia, North Carolina: A Sustainable Example In April 2018, Viktor Agabekov wrote a fictional, first-person account of life in a utopian, sustainable North Carolina city of the future. Read his story below. As dawn rolls through the transparent solar panel of my bedroom window, I start another day in the historic downtown of Columbia, North Carolina. Once a tiny settlement with less than 900 people, … Continue reading A utopian, sustainable N.C. city