Path to Peace: Road Building and Recovery in Afghanistan

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

The Future of Biking Across the United States

If you have ever felt compelled to confront the importance of planning in your daily life, try biking on the rumble strip of a highway. The discomfort of being distinctly out of place reveals underlying structures in the way things are built. In the summer of 2015, I biked across the country 4,295 miles from Portland, M.E., to Seattle, W.A., with the organization Bike the … Continue reading The Future of Biking Across the United States

Urban Freight Challenges with the Rise of E-Commerce

This piece was originally written by Tory Gibler for Planning Methods (PLAN 720) in November 2018. Have you purchased a product online and had it shipped to your home in the last year? It’s a good bet you have, given that online shopping is a large and growing portion of all US retails sales. It’s always a challenge for planners to predict the countless events … Continue reading Urban Freight Challenges with the Rise of E-Commerce

Reflections Post-Graduation Featuring: Katy Lang

Katy Lang tells us about her experiences post-graduation. She graduated in May 2018 and is currently working in the Washington D.C. area. Her work focuses on transportation. Read her responses to the following interview questions to find out more about the work that she does and some advice looking back. What is your current job? Program Manager for WalkArlington. WalkArlington is part of Arlington’s transportation … Continue reading Reflections Post-Graduation Featuring: Katy Lang

Distribution Centers Need Planning, Too

As urbanization increases, land costs are higher, and the wealthy are outbidding other classes for housing in the central city. According to the U.S. Census, more than 80% of the country’s population lives in cities.[i] The rise of e-commerce produces an outsized demand for goods delivered rapidly. The suburbs, long thought of as an oasis for the wealthy from the grit of industrialization, is now experiencing … Continue reading Distribution Centers Need Planning, Too

Busting Stereotypes One Wheel at a Time

The following is derived from an interview with Athena Wollin, a bicycle mechanic at Oak City Cycling Project, graphic designer, and board member of Oaks & Spokes, a bicycle advocacy nonprofit in Raleigh, NC. Originally from central Oregon, Athena has lived in Portland, Boulder, and now Raleigh. She loves bikes and the bicycle’s form and movement inspired her early graphic and animation work. This led … Continue reading Busting Stereotypes One Wheel at a Time

Transit Gets All the Flack When the Super Bowl Comes to Town

There are typical football games: large, crowded events with intoxicated tailgaters and truck advertisements galore. Then there is the Super Bowl: a high-security event attended by superstardom where the average ticket price runs in the thousands.1 This year’s Super Bowl, denoted by “LII”, is to be hosted in Minneapolis at the US Bank stadium on Sunday, February 4. It has also created logistical and publicity … Continue reading Transit Gets All the Flack When the Super Bowl Comes to Town