Using GIS to Visualize Displacement Risk in Durham

Every fall, groups of students in the Advanced GIS course at the University of North Carolina are tasked with creating a meaningful map using a variety of GIS-based tools acquired throughout the course. Inspired by recent city and county comprehensive plans and analyses, as well as rapid growth in nearby Durham, NC, one team of four UNC Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) master’s … Continue reading Using GIS to Visualize Displacement Risk in Durham

Reclaiming the Historic Market Square

The restaurant industry is big, particularly in the growing cities of the Triangle region. Unfortunately, restaurant rents in a city like Raleigh are relatively high compared to a decade ago and continue to rise at a fast pace [1]. This creates a disparity in the types of food entrepreneurs that have the ability to enter the market. Typically, only those who have more prominence at … Continue reading Reclaiming the Historic Market Square

Can You Get There from Here?

Long-haul travel between small communities One of the lesser known benefits of living in a major city is that transport between that city and other major metropolitan areas is relatively easy. Not always cheap, but usually easy. Take traveling between Washington, D.C. and New York City: an online search reveals multiple bus companies such as Megabus and Greyhound, both the Amtrak Northeast Regional and Acela … Continue reading Can You Get There from Here?

Durham’s Mayoral Candidates Discuss Affordable Housing

“Affordable housing is [not just] an asset issue, it’s a people issue.” – Farad Ali In advance of Durham’s mayoral primary on October 10th, Clarion Content organized a series of themed forums, in which the mayoral candidates were given the opportunity to answer questions from interested citizens on a topic chosen in advance. The September 27th forum was the last forum to feature all three … Continue reading Durham’s Mayoral Candidates Discuss Affordable Housing

Hey UNC Planning Community, What’s Off about New East?

The first time I walked into New East, I was overwhelmed by the sensation that something was off. This happens to me from time to time, usually when I am in an unfamiliar space or a familiar space that has changed. This is not normally a hair-raising feeling, but it can become bothersome – particularly if the usual suspects have been eliminated and the impression persists.[1] … Continue reading Hey UNC Planning Community, What’s Off about New East?

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