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In the last three decades, North Carolina has been a steady victim of multiple major storms and flooding, landslides, drought, and wildfires. These natural hazards damage infrastructure, hurt the economy, and even lead to fatalities in some cases — which is why so many UNC researchers from across campus research and develop programs, technology, and plans surrounding these topics.
We typically do not use literature for city planning texts, but Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) deserves careful consideration. Ellison weaves a narrative through New York City’s urban spatial structure to map how race is physically built into the city’s neighborhood composition, street networks, and utilities.
“The speaker series course and the larger certificate program are designed to expose students to practitioners and scholars that are regarded as among the best in the field,” says CRC Director and . “This approach allows students to gain insights that are not possible through traditional educational methods. We believe this is one component of the certificate that makes it unique.”
In partnership with UNC's Center for Community Capital, JPMorgan Chase & Co. launched PRO Neighborhoods, a $125 million, five-year initiative to identify and support solutions for creating economic opportunity in disadvantaged neighborhoods around the country.
Wake County, North Carolina is growing, and fast. In 2013, to better manage this exponential growth it adopted a new “Unified Development Ordinance” (UDO). The UDO has been successful in many respects, but it has a major flaw with respect to the siting and size of schools.
Todd BenDor strives to give real advice to the Albemarle-Pamlico community about its peskiest neighbor: saltwater.
Unlike most states, North Carolina has a climate adaptation plan – Climate Ready North Carolina: Building a Resilient Future – that covers most hazards and sectors. Like most states, however, North Carolina has taken very little action to address its future climate risks.
In part 1 of a 2 part series, DCRP student Andrew Trump gives a brief history of farm workers in the US, their past successes in collective bargaining, and the lack of regulation that creates challenging work conditions that farm workers face today.
Large chain supermarkets may seem the antithesis of the local food movement, but UNC researchers have found that supermarkets can play a key role in building strong, sustainable local food systems.
India is at the cusp of a major urban transition. In less than twenty years, India’s urban population is expected to nearly double from 377 million today to over 600 million.
Thank those spotted owls. Rather than hurt jobs, cleaning up the environment actually employs more workers than industries such as logging or mining.
Think about about all the contaminated sites around the country—the old factories, polluted waterways, disfigured wildernesses. Now think about all the money that must go into fixing these places—what public agencies, foundations and corporations must pay every year in clean-up costs. It adds up to a lot.
It’s become a cliché — the twenty-something urban dwellers who never got drivers’ licenses and instead rely on bikes, transit and a good smartphone to get where they need to go. In fact, while there is some truth to the hipster caricature, the reality is more complicated.
Poor air quality is still a major issue affecting a large number of Americans. In new research, Nikhil Kaza and Josh McCarty write that how urban areas are laid out can make a difference to local air quality.
The 10 credit hour certificate program, which will begin in the Fall of 2015, focuses on the nexus between the threats and impacts of natural hazards and disasters on human settlements.
Hot off the press: We present this issue of the Carolina Planning Journal as a conversation about what planners need to know about our changing economy and how we can work proactively to prepare communities to be economically sound and prosperous in the new economy.
A team of DCRP graduate students conducted a study analyzing the potential for affordable housing of publicly-owned sites near future transit stations in Durham.
Lester's article, "The Role of History in Redistributional Policy Discourse," was praised by committee members as a path-breaking application of urban theory and effective use of history to engage with the important question of what determines whether redistributional policy challenges will succeed.
Each year, the UNC at Chapel Hill Graduate School recognizes graduate student research that is improving the lives of people in North Carolina and beyond. The Impact Awards recognize outstanding graduate students whose research covers a variety of areas: education, the environment, economic development, health, public administration and more.
In 2010, the American Planning Association launched a project with nothing less than the future of the planet at stake. The Sustaining Places Initiative looks at how cities, towns, and regions can meet today’s needs without draining the next generation’s resources. Now APA has gone further, explaining how to put those plans in place.
Saltwater is creeping farther inland into the soil and surface waters of North Carolina’s coastal plain. This “saltwater intrusion,” as scientists call it, has an ability to transform freshwater landscapes long before they’re permanently drowned by the rising sea.
Researchers at DCRP and the UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies reached out to more than 1,000 randomly-selected Section 8 households to assess the household characteristics in the Charlotte Housing Authority’s (CHA) primary voucher program.
“Smart growth” may not be so smart after all. New research challenges the orthodoxy that dense urban development is better for the health of people living there.
The prevalence of low-wage work has profound impacts on the capabilities of workers to sustain their families. Yet, the impact of low-wage work radiates well beyond the person who is employed or the employer to several different segments of an economic ecosystem.
The League of American Bicyclists has designated UNC at Chapel Hill as a Silver-Level Bike Friendly University. The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bike-able campus for students, staff and visitors.
Climate change is transforming the outer edge of the Southern US coastal plain. Lower-lying parts of this region, characterized by extensive freshwater-dependent ecosystems, will be largely inundated by gradual sea level rise by the end of this century.
A new study by DCRP Professor Noreen McDonald confirms Safe Routes to School programs increase rates of walking and bicycling to and from school.
The New Climate Economy - a report that was just released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate that looks at the conditions under which climate security can be good for growth.
Faceless estates. Sprawling suburbs. Soulless financial districts. Discredited elsewhere as fostering the worst kind of urban angst, these are the vogue in China – but change could be afoot.
Half a century of life as a planner! Is there any framework capable of capturing the high and low points of that experience? Looking back at a life as a planner–educator, Dr. Godschalk sees many positive signs that three main concepts not only continue to shape the field of planning in fundamental ways, but are gaining steam.
While the first thing that might come to mind is the expense of each trip, including the purchasing and fueling school buses and paying for drivers, many other factors influence the cost of school transportation especially when all modes of travel are considered.
As restoration efforts proliferate, it is important to know what impact, if any, large-scale wetland and stream restoration have on surrounding land values. Restoration effects on real estate values have substantial implications for protecting resources, increasing tax base, and improving environmental policies.
Asheville's city government is pushing to increase the supply of affordable housing. Late last year, city staff commissioned DCRP's Mai Nguyen to compare their efforts to provide more affordable housing with what other, similar municipalities have done.
HOU Xin is a visiting scholar in the Program on Chinese Cities, an initiative of the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Center for Urban Studies in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.
This deeper dive into the state’s most distressed areas using tract-level data reveals pockets of extreme distress in the state’s urban areas.
Bridges2Success will offer middle and high school coaches a model for helping their players achieve academic, as well as athletic, success.
Imagine if Myrtle Beach morphed into a megacity double the size of New York City in just three decades. Impossible? Not in China.
We did not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrowed it from our children. This adage reflects the essence of sustainable development whether applied to the environment, economy, or social and cultural sphere. A digital excerpt from the new book, Sustainable Development Projects: Integration Design, Development, and Regulation.
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