A Walking Tour of McMansion Hell

By Jacob Becker Just like you, hopefully, recently I’ve been spending the majority of my day inside my house. For me, after a spring break visit turned into a semester-long stay, that means staying at my parents’ house in New Jersey.  I don’t want to give the Garden State a bad name—it’s full of natural beauty and wonderful bagels, with a competent governor who made … Continue reading A Walking Tour of McMansion Hell

COVID-19 and Our Futures

By Evan King When speaking about the role of public transportation in modern society, I often bring up this article published by the Foundation for Economic Education. In it, the author essentially argues that the proliferation of telecommuting has removed all need for public transportation. If you take this line of thought to its logical, extreme conclusion, then we must be on an unstoppable trajectory … Continue reading COVID-19 and Our Futures

Series: Planning for 36 Hours in the Airport

I originally intended for this post to be a brief addition to our ongoing travel series here at Angles, sent from Granada, Spain—a perfect exercise in ancient, organic growth tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where the physical landscape of the city has been distinctly shaped by its unique cultural roots. I could have told you where to find a 3€ tinto de verano … Continue reading Series: Planning for 36 Hours in the Airport

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

Film Analysis: Oil Culture in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

By Siobahn Nelson The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical film, tells a brilliantly crafted story about the dichotomies of life—success and hardship, youth and maturity, love and heartbreak. Divided into three vignettes with each beginning in 1957, 1959, and 1963, the story centers on Guy Foucher, a mechanic at a local garage, and Genevieve Emery, a young woman who helps her mother run … Continue reading Film Analysis: Oil Culture in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

“Envisioning Opportunity in the Face Of…”: 2019 APA-NC Conference

Earlier this year, a cohort of students (myself included) from the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC skipped class in the middle of the week to go to the beach. However, it was for a good reason–the 2019 North Carolina Planning Conference. Every year, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has a conference in a different city in the … Continue reading “Envisioning Opportunity in the Face Of…”: 2019 APA-NC Conference

Transportation consulting: A summer at Fehr & Peers in Los Angeles

As a Master’s Student studying transportation planning, I was fortunate to intern at Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants in Los Angeles, California this summer. It was a jam-packed three months of learning, exploring, and new experiences. The commute alone exposed me to large-scale transit operations and active transportation infrastructure. I was able to commute to my downtown internship via the Metro Expo Line (light rail) … Continue reading Transportation consulting: A summer at Fehr & Peers in Los Angeles