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.
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.
No single issue is more “front and center” in the modern political debate than the state of our economy. According to DCRP's Bill Lester, there are circumstances in which incentives can work — if we’re smart about where, when and how we pursue them.
The Future of Floods: Lessons from Charlotte-Mecklenburg County
This post was written in response to a field trip taken by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Natural Hazards class in the Department of City and Regional Planning where resilience, hazard mitigation, and recovery are key themes throughout the course.
DCRP doctoral student, Erik Vergel presented the paper “Land Readjustment across planning cultures: a dialogue between Japan and Latin America in urban planning? The case of Colombia and Brazil” at the LASA Conference in San Francisco.
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.
Open trip data lets researchers analyze bike sharing systems in detail. They are making useful discoveries about how culture and urban spaces affect the way people use bikeshare. These conclusions can help cities refine their bikeshare systems as they grow and mature.
Dr. Lowe has been exploring institutional differences across local labor markets that not only shape how Latino immigrants apply and develop skill, but influence the kinds of barriers they face in harnessing their expertise for occupational advancement.
When the floodwaters recede, each household will face a difficult decision: tear down the soaked drywall and rebuild the home, perhaps higher than before, or sell the property and move on. After Hurricane Floyd in 1999, some entire communities faced this decision.
After several years in which dilapidated historic buildings languished for want of buyers, Preservation North Carolina is seeing some of its properties moving again. Sometimes, they literally move, to get out of the way of a bulldozer.
When large pharmaceutical corporations like Glaxo and Burroughs Wellcome went through mergers, more than 2,500 people entered the labor market looking for new opportunities. Because of the Triangle's strong entrepreneurial support networks and world class research institutions, many of these highly skilled laborers opted to start their own spinoff businesses in the Research Triangle.
We are pleased to report the official launch of the new Carolina Planning website! This new web presence both extends the reach and impact of the Journal and provides unprecedented access to our archives, with over 500 original articles, commentaries, interviews, and book reviews from some of the most formative years of the planning field.
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.
Development occurs in the context of conflict, and development can be the cause of conflict. Top scholars, professionals and students all recently came together at DCRP to discuss how to mediate conflict in the practice of urban planning.
(Opinion – Roberto Quercia) Occupy Your Home advocates across the country have good reason to demonstrate their frustration over mounting foreclosures and market excesses. They have called for a National Day of Action to protest.
Design Revival 24 is rooted in the conviction that helping communities in need is a core calling of design professionals everywhere. 2010 DCRP Alumna, Kate Pearce describes her experience as a team of planners, landscape architects, architects and engineers volunteered 24 consecutive hours of design work to the town of Bluefield, WV.
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.
As the nation works to restore a vibrant housing market, a new book by researchers at UNC at Chapel Hill tells what really caused the foreclosure crisis and how to rebuild a safe and sustainable U.S. housing finance system.
"The programs that are out there produce great housing,” said Chris Estes (MRP '02) with the North Carolina Housing Coalition. “We have a great delivery system of for profit and non-profit developers who build it, just not enough funding to keep up with the need."
Over the past three decades, the economy of North Carolina's Research Triangle—defined by the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill—has been transformed from one dependent on agriculture and textiles to one driven by knowledge-based jobs in technology, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals.