A Matter of Life and Death (and Planning)

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A Matter of Life and Death (and Planning)

Check out first-year SNRE student Reema Abi-Akar's fascinating blog about planning for the dead. She explores questions many of us may have not considered, such as, can cemeteries become an integral part of a city's revitalization plan?

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How to Make Story Maps

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How to Make Story Maps

Peter Knoop manages LSAs GIS IT team and has a background in geology, oceanography and information sciences. Peter shows us how to tailor ESRIs interactive story maps to the stories you want to tell! Be sure to check out all the links!

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How to Convey Complex Ideas with Simple Drawings

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How to Convey Complex Ideas with Simple Drawings

The first post from our Agora Salon Series on the theme storytelling is by Nick Tobier a professor at the Stamps School of Design who demonstrates the power of simple drawings. While planners do not rely strictly on drawings like architects or urban designers, we can benefit enormously from practicing this skill--using simple diagrams to break down the complex issues we face when planning cities.

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Planning at the Pictures

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Planning at the Pictures

Cinema has long been a projection of society’s dreams, fears, ambitions and prejudices, and planning is a major factor. Whether set in postwar Vienna or the lonely U.S. highway system, blockbusters and art-house films alike have demonstrated the complex, evolving ways people interact with—and react to—the modern world.

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Planning for the Gender-Inclusive City

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Planning for the Gender-Inclusive City

Promoting gender equity is a key component of urban planning. Although not as prominent as transportation planning or economic development, developing gender-inclusive cities must remain at the forefront of modern-day planning.

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Pittsburgh and Its Emerging Identity

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Pittsburgh and Its Emerging Identity

This blog summarizes my experience on the MUP Expanded Horizons trip to Pittsburgh in September. The city is experiencing a period of development that is paving the path toward a new identity - one that is full of vibrancy, yet preserves the history of how it became what it is today.

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The Expert's Silence

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The Expert's Silence

This article uses a recent encounter to raise a larger question: do experts have a responsibility to provide communities with guidance as they make hard decisions?

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Hey, FTA: Bike Share = Public Transportation

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Hey, FTA: Bike Share = Public Transportation

It’s been 50 years since the first public bike share system was established inAmsterdam. With bike share experiencing rapid growth worldwide, in the twenty-first century, a key question has arisen: Is public bike share a mode of public transportation?  

Photo By: Dan Sommerville

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Ten Great Urban Planning Films and Where to Find Them

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Ten Great Urban Planning Films and Where to Find Them

"Whether it’s a dystopian future where a crumbling former metropolis poses new and often terrifying challenges, or a documentary about a parking lot, planning has found its way onto the big screen.  Here’s my list of ten planning-related films, shows and documentaries that planners and non-planners alike will find both interesting and thought-provoking."

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Why is Michigan Not a More Bikeable State?

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Why is Michigan Not a More Bikeable State?

Every year, Michigan’s political and business elite retreat to the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. The island is a place where bicycles, not automobiles, are the dominant vehicle of transportation. With this setting for the state’s top policy conference, why are leaders not more inspired to make Michigan a more bikeable state?

Photo by: Bike Walk Lincoln Park

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Police Brutality

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Police Brutality

Over break, Agora sent out a call for submissions on the topic, “Why should planners care about police brutality” I thought to myself about how obvious that answer is: of course we should.

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