“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

Addressing Climate Change with the Federal Government: A Summer at Golden Gate National Recreation Area

My experience this summer was a bit different than that of most students finishing their first year of a doctoral program. Rather than sticking around to do research, I headed out West as part of a program designed to give students the opportunity to work on pressing climate change-related management challenges with the National Park Service (NPS). The Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change (FPL) … Continue reading Addressing Climate Change with the Federal Government: A Summer at Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Interaction with Memory: Preserving the Past While Embracing Change

“The process of planning is very valuable, for forcing you to think hard about what you are doing, but the actual plan that results from it is probably useless.” – Marc Andreessen “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” – 1984, George Orwell Cities not only represent the future but also have the responsibility to preserve their past. … Continue reading Interaction with Memory: Preserving the Past While Embracing Change

Series: Planning for 36 Hours in Los Angeles, CA

Planner’s Travel Series About the series: Welcome to our ongoing travel series of blog posts written by planning students and professionals about what to do in a given city when looking for Brunch, a Brew, or a good idea on a Budget. To cap it all off, we include a fun planning fact! About the visit: Los Angeles cannot be tackled in 36 hours! I’ve … Continue reading Series: Planning for 36 Hours in Los Angeles, CA

One Month on the AT

This May, after wrapping up exams and coursework, I set off on an epic new adventure – a three-week solo backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail (AT). I felt drawn to nature, to clean air and wildlife, to green trees, and to the Appalachian mountains that feel so much like home. As John Muir put it, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” Appalachian … Continue reading One Month on the AT

Series: Planning for 36 Hours in Houston, Texas

Planner’s Travel Series About the series: Welcome to our ongoing travel series. These are all posts written by planning students and professionals about what to do in a given city when looking for Brunch, a Brew, or a good idea on a Budget. To cap it all off, we include a fun planning fact! About the visit: I’ve been fortunate enough to have both my … Continue reading Series: Planning for 36 Hours in Houston, Texas

Series: Planning for 36 Hours in New York, New York

Planner’s Travel Series About the series: Welcome to our ongoing travel series. These are all posts written by planning students and professionals about what to do in a given city when looking for Brunch, a Brew, or a good idea on a Budget. To cap it all off, we include a fun planning fact! About the visit: In my previous life, I was an architect. … Continue reading Series: Planning for 36 Hours in New York, New York

Eggs & Experts: Cuba’s Uncertain Economic Future

Where are the eggs? Challenges in Cuba’s economic development On my taxi ride from Havana’s airport, I passed by a run-down building where thousands of egg cartons lay visibly stacked on the floor. These eggs sat in an open-air, visible from the street, unrefrigerated building on a hot Caribbean island. Counterintuitively, this was the first sign of the egg shortage in Havana, eggs being a … Continue reading Eggs & Experts: Cuba’s Uncertain Economic Future

Life in Copenhagen, a Living City

In January, I set out on my own to spend a semester in Copenhagen. My professors had told me tales of cycling culture and ski-slope-power-plants, and I was determined to see it for myself. I was a little nervous, very excited, and more prepared than I thought for life in Denmark’s capital city. Some part of me had this expectation that all of Copenhagen is … Continue reading Life in Copenhagen, a Living City