Weaving together the Threads of Our Community: Weaver Street Market

This piece was originally published by UNC undergraduate students Adam Hasan and Ezra Rawitsch on their personal blog, Global Third Space, on June 15, 2017.  If the sun hadn’t traced a low, southerly path across the sky that morning, it’d have seemed like the first day of autumn. A chilly breeze wound its way through the enormous oak that hangs over the Weaver Street Lawn, and … Continue reading Weaving together the Threads of Our Community: Weaver Street Market

One Year Later: Reflections on the Habitat III Conference

Every 20 years since 1976, the United Nations has convened an international “Habitat” conference to develop a unified global vision for the future of urban development. These conferences provide opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and civic leaders to come together to exchange knowledge and best practices to help inform more effective urban development. And like other counterpart UN conferences, they have invited non-technical actors the opportunity … Continue reading One Year Later: Reflections on the Habitat III Conference

How Hey Arnold inspired suburban millennials to dream about the city

Nickelodeon 90’s cartoons largely reflect the suburban world that much of its young audience grew up in. Think Spongebob’s Bikini Bottom, or the Rugrats’ California single-family residential neighborhood. One show, Hey Arnold, stands out from the rest, taking its viewers out of the suburbs for a trip downtown. Continue reading How Hey Arnold inspired suburban millennials to dream about the city

Photo Essay: Bicycling Infrastructure in the Netherlands

This summer, James Farrell and Alyson West, UNC City and Regional Planning master’s students, traveled to the Netherlands for a two-week study abroad program. Over these two weeks, they saw some of the world’s best bicycle infrastructure, some of which has been captured in the following photos from their trip. Most major cities in the Netherlands are part of the Randstad, a ring including Amsterdam, … Continue reading Photo Essay: Bicycling Infrastructure in the Netherlands

A Planner’s Post Secret

The end of the school year–or end of anything, really–often brings reflection. Two years ago, when I was a prospective student of DCRP, the second-year student who picked from the airport confided in me during the thirty-minute ride their “planning secret shame”; the student did not personally want to live the life of urban density and was making plans to live on a ranch far, … Continue reading A Planner’s Post Secret

Walt Disney, Planner?

This spring break I thought I was taking a break far away from the world of planning by spending a week at Disney World. However, I’ve come to learn you can never escape the influence of great planners. I was aware of the planned communities that Walt Disney had designed to house his employees, but I never knew that Disney dreamed of a greater plan … Continue reading Walt Disney, Planner?

Everything You’ll Learn from an Urban Design Competition

I was sitting on a Chicago Transit Authority bus, a fitting location to receive the news, when I learned that our team of Department of City and Regional Planning students won an honorable mention in the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Ideas Competition. Continue reading Everything You’ll Learn from an Urban Design Competition