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UNC Research Week Spotlight: Dr. Meenu Tewari IAH Collaboration Grant

November 7, 2018

University Research Week, Nov. 5-9, 2018, is led by the UNC Office for Undergraduate Research. The semi-annual, campus-wide event is designed to improve awareness of what it means to be a research uni … Continued

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Fall Break Charleston Trip

November 1, 2018

What do planners do on vacation? They visit other cities and meet other planners. Photo flashback to Carolina Planning’s fall break trip to Charleston, South Carolina. The group met with former Mayor … Continued

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Urbanization and Rural-Urban Integration: New Forms of Inclusion and Exclusion

November 1, 2018

Carolina Planning’s Dr. Allie Thomas took part in the 14th annual ICARDC Meeting on “Urbanization and Rural-Urban Integration: New Forms of Inclusion and Exclusion.” She presented on urban villages in … Continued

DCRP faculty member Bill Rohe

How to Bolster America’s Already Effective Community Development Block Grant Program

October 23, 2018

The Community Development Block Grant Program has been a primary source of funding for local community improvement projects since it was created in 1974. Under this program, the federal government pro … Continued

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ACSP Student Spotlight: Mary Wolfe

October 23, 2018

“Get to Know the GoBo” Special Planner Profile Series Mary Wolfe is a PhD candidate in the department of City & Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also serves as a student representative on … Continued

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New name, new emphasis, for environmental program

October 16, 2018

A new interdisciplinary program in Environment, Ecology and Energy, E3P, will leverage the College’s strengths in natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to teach students how to best manage … Continued

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Researchers Challenge Status Quo on Economic Development

October 16, 2018

What’s best for a local economy—recruiting big, established companies, or nurturing home-grown startups?

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Plan to Talk – (Podcast) Episode 2: Bringing the latest research to class

October 15, 2018

Welcome to the Carolina Planning Plan to Talk Podcast Series, where we profile fascinating people connected to the Department of City and Regional Planning at The University of North Carolina at Chape … Continued

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Study recommends expansion of resilient design education

October 9, 2018

The rapid growth of classes, minors, degrees, studios and programs makes these findings highly relevant as we enter an era of climate change and continue to struggle with the ever-increasing losses as … Continued

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Striking a Balance: A National Assessment of Economic Development Incentives

October 9, 2018

As private businesses increasingly demand incentive payments, economic developers have responded by more sophisticated analytical tools, integrating incentives within broader industrial targeting stra … Continued

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In class: PLAN 823 Workshop – Big Data and Smart city for Huawei

October 3, 2018

PLAN 823 Workshop is working with a client to help Guian New District in China with strategic planning that will enable the district with its “smart city” concept.

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Symposium for David Godschalk

October 1, 2018

The Godschalk Symposium was a remarkable opportunity to connect with alumni and learn how Dave’s efforts and work still influences current faculty research.

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Welcome Mary Beth Powell

September 27, 2018

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Beth Powell (back) to DCRP as our Career Services Coordinator.

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State of the Department

September 11, 2018

Thank you to all the students and faculty that attended our State-of-the-Department Address.

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Subsidizing Big Firms Doesn’t Really Create Jobs

August 27, 2018

Economic development incentives, on average, fail to produce new employment opportunities.

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Conversations at Hickerson House: Todd BenDor on Market-Based Environmental Policies

August 8, 2018

Todd BenDor talks about his research on transfer of development rights and water quality trading programs.

Carly Hoffman

NC APA Marvin Collins Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Carly Hoffman

July 30, 2018

Carly Hoffman awarded the NC APA 2018 Marvin Collins Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

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With drones and satellites, India gets to know its slums

July 26, 2018

Satellites and drones are driving efforts by Indian states to map informal settlements in order to speed up the process of delivering services and land titles.

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When Black Lawmakers Get Elected, Zoning Decisions Change

July 26, 2018

Bias in land use decisions is difficult to measure, but new research in Durham reveals that race has been a significant factor.

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1st International Forum of Urban-Rural Sustainability

July 24, 2018

1st International Forum of Urban-Rural Sustainability with Professor Yan Song addressing past and present scholars of the Program in Chinese Cities.

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Jeffrey Rissman, MCRP ’11

July 19, 2018

Jeffrey works at Energy Innovation LLC, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based out of San Francisco. He helps policymakers around the world identify and implement policies that reduce pollution, … Continued

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Godschalk Symposium

July 17, 2018

Join us to celebrates the life’s work of David Godschalk.

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ACSP Featured Faculty: Todd BenDor

July 16, 2018

“Planning is fundamentally thinking about the future. That’s what makes us different. I want my students to enter the workforce with a lot more confidence and savvy around emerging technologies.” –To … Continued

DCRP faculty member Jan Song

Yan Song discusses Beijing’s upscale sub-center plan

June 27, 2018

Yan Song discusses Beijing’s upscale sub-center plan with a focus on green transportation.

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For the Long Haul: Public-Private Partnerships for Long-Term Disaster Recovery

June 14, 2018

For the Long Haul: Public-Private Partnerships for Long-Term Disaster Recovery.

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CRC certificate students host Climate Change and Resilience Symposium

May 25, 2018

CRC certificate students host Climate Change and Resilience Symposium.

Carolina Planning Journal #43

Planning for Uncertainty

May 22, 2018

“Planning for Uncertainty,” the theme for this year’s Carolina Planning Journal issue.

Todd BenDor presentation

Adaptation for Restoration: Evolving Policies, Business Models, and Markets

May 21, 2018

Adaptation for Restoration: Evolving Policies, Business Models, and Markets

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Shared Mobility Services and Their Connection to Roadway Fatalities

May 17, 2018

Shared Mobility Services and Their Connection to Roadway Fatalities

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Conversations at Hickerson House: Bill Rohe on Work Requirements in Public Housing

May 11, 2018

Conversations at Hickerson House: Bill Rohe on Work Requirements in Public Housing

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Are Floodplain Buyouts a Smart Investment for Local Governments?

May 7, 2018

Are Floodplain Buyouts a Smart Investment for Local Governments?

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Threading together Carolina’s Textile Manufacturing Comeback

May 7, 2018

How can the Carolina Textile District help us better understand the maker phenomena in the context of a non-urban legacy manufacturing region?

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Carolina Planning Capstone

April 23, 2018

In their final year in the program, students must submit a final project of professional quality on a topic in their area of specialization. Completed in the student’s second year of the program, this … Continued

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Ten Years of Examining Chinese Cities at Carolina Planning

April 23, 2018

The challenges facing China’s cities and metropolitan regions are daunting in scale and complexity – without exaggeration, the lives of millions will depend on how well China manages the continued gro … Continued

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2018 Impact Award winner, Amanda Martin

March 19, 2018

Awards for Graduate Student Research that Benefits North Carolina Each year, The Graduate School honors graduate students in programs throughout our University for their powerful discoveries that cont … Continued

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Spring career development speaker series: Planning Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

February 22, 2018

Thank you to our alums who joined us for the second in a series of spring career development speaker series events: Planning Freelancers and Entrepreneurs. Guests: Matt Tomasulo (MCRP/MLA ’12), Entrep … Continued

David Godschalk

Carolina Planning celebrates the life’s work of David Godschalk

February 2, 2018

_____________________________________________________________________________ Updated July 2018 – For nearly 40 years, Dr. David Godschalk shaped how generations of planners and academics understand a … Continued

Jenn Rangel

Transitioning to Graduate Life: First-Generation Students

January 25, 2018

Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS initiative helps students succeed in graduate school.

Meenu Tewari

Connecting communities to water in India (IAH podcast)

January 25, 2018

IAH Faculty Fellow Meenu Tewari discusses her research on connecting communities to water in India.

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Using GIS to Visualize Displacement Risk in Durham

January 8, 2018

Carolina Planning Students Use GIS to Visualize Displacement Risk in Durham.

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Downtown Durham TDM Workshop

December 22, 2017

PLAN 823 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING WORKSHOP Instructor: Dr. Allie Thomas Client: American Underground and Downtown Durham, Inc. Deliverables: Diverse strategies to encourage less driving, to reduce dema … Continued

Nichola Lowe

Lessons from the American Underground

December 8, 2017

Technology entrepreneurship is rarely uttered in the same breath with terms like racial diversity or socioeconomic inclusion. Diversity, inclusion, and tech are shaping economic and workforce developm … Continued

Noreen McDonald

CSCRS Profile: Noreen McDonald

December 6, 2017

Carolina Planning Chair and Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS), Associate Director Noreen McDonald is featured in the latest CSCRS newsletter. The CSCRS is an integrated national sa … Continued

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Résumé Review

December 1, 2017

Carolina Planning students learn what public and private employers are looking for in planning résumés. Thank you to the panelist that attended: Cindy Camacho, Planning Manager, AECOM Corey Liles, Sen … Continued

Economic Development Panel

December 1, 2017

Thank you to our alumni panel members for taking the time to return to New East to talk to our students about their current economic development practices. Panelists: Scott MacDonald (MRP ’72) – Forme … Continued

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A Place Called Home

November 20, 2017

Roberto Quercia, director of UNC’s Center for Community Capital (CCC), and former CCC Researchers Kim Manturuk and Mark R. Lindblad recently authored A Place Called Home, the first book fully dedicate … Continued

2017 Fall Retreat

November 14, 2017

This fall, Carolina Planning held its first annual Fall Retreat to provide an informal space for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy each other’s company. First year Master’s student Ellen Emeric, w … Continued

China University

A Long Way from Home

October 10, 2017

Jiangyue Sun and Chenqi Zhu, Master’s students who entered the program one year apart, came to Carolina Planning from the same undergraduate program at Wuhan University in China. However, the two didn … Continued

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REI Groundwater Training

October 10, 2017

The Racial Equity Institute (REI) hosts trainings locally and nationally to help communities, organizations, and institutions develop tools to challenge patterns of power and to grow equity. In a stud … Continued

Capstone Presentations

3rd Annual Capstone Reflections

October 4, 2017

At the end of a long final semester, and just before graduation, Carolina Planning students have one last time to shine at the 3rd Annual Capstone Reflection Event. Eight, 2017 Master’s Candidates wer … Continued

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ULI Design Competition

September 29, 2017

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the Urban Ideas Competition on a job well done! The fourth annual event drew more than 600 attendees from across the region and featured mobile … Continued


Evaluating Buyouts in Flood Risk Areas

September 25, 2017

As a researcher and a practicing planner, I am passionate about both equitable development and coastal environments, which has directed my doctoral work toward addressing the needs of vulnerable popul … Continued

Darien Williams

Darien Alexander Williams

September 19, 2017

Both of Darien’s internship opportunities came about through being active in the department and talking with students and faculty on a regular basis about his interests and noting when their interests … Continued

Ying Su

Ying Su

September 19, 2017

Ying Su found her internship with ITRE through a hiring email sent to the department. Part of the position description focused on big data analysis, which had been an interest of Ying’s for quite some … Continued

Travis Crayton

Travis Crayton

September 19, 2017

Travis found his internship at the Volpe Center from the Carolina Planning listserv. He met up with a student in the department who had interned there the summer before to talk about the experience, a … Continued

Mary Beth Williams

Mary Beth Williams

September 19, 2017

This was Mary Beth’s third fellowship with HR&A. She started with them in Dallas before coming to Carolina Planning, then moved to the Raleigh office during her first year in the program. This sum … Continued

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Disruptive Driving

September 12, 2017

While car manufacturers and tech companies around the world work to make autonomous vehicles a reality, two UNC researchers are raising some important questions about the impacts — both positive and n … Continued

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Extreme Housing Conditions

September 12, 2017

Many North Carolina communities are experiencing an affordable housing crisis, which is particularly severe for those who rent. This report examines severe housing cost burden, overcrowding and substa … Continued

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Gaining a Community’s Trust

September 12, 2017

The revitalization of Old East Durham has resulted in a dramatic increase in property values over the last 10 years. What does this growth mean for housing affordability, equity, and environmental qua … Continued

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Princeville Design Workshop

July 24, 2017

Almost one year later, North Carolina cities continue to cope with the effects of Hurricane Matthew. The Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence has partnered with the Town of Princeville, Edgecombe C … Continued

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Duke Belt Line redevelopment

June 8, 2017

Wood’s project examines the various real estate redevelopment opportunities provided by urban trail infrastructure, using Durham’s future Duke Belt Line (DBL) as an example case. The DBL is a project … Continued

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Neighborhood change near local rail service

June 8, 2017

Local rail transit infrastructure benefits people and communities by providing an alternate method for navigating congested roads, channeling growth around transit hubs, and allowing mobility for indi … Continued

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June 8, 2017

The DCRP P2P Program – P2P stands for peer to peer – is a program that is designed to help connect incoming students with current students and other academic and community resources. Before the start … Continued


Fall 2016 Transportation Workshop

June 8, 2017

The fall 2016 transportation workshop focused on the city of Charlotte’s Blue Line Extension light rail and evaluated the successes and shortcomings of transit-oriented development (TOD) around the st … Continued

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Excellence in Diversity Fellowship

June 8, 2017

This summer two Carolina Planning Master’s students were awarded the first annual Excellence in Diversity Fellowship. This fellowship was established by the department through the generosity of donors … Continued

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Catalyzing social change through the arts

June 8, 2017

Envisioning art as a tool for both economic development and social activism, Wexler offers an analysis on art and its social value in communities. She especially places attention on the relationship b … Continued

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In the Shadows of Ferguson

June 5, 2017

“In the Shadows of Ferguson” personifies the socio-historical-political processes that institutionalized racism and inequality, documenting 100 years of critical events relating to housing in Ferguson … Continued

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Monitoring Irregular Settlements

June 5, 2017

A third of urban population around the world live in irregular settlements. Yet we know little about where these settlements are and how they function.

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Kirstin Frescoln awards

June 5, 2017

Kirstin Peterson Frescoln’s dissertation is titled, “Making Public Housing Work – Examining the Implementation and Impacts of a Work Requirement in Public Housing.” This dissertation examines what hap … Continued

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Conference on Transport and Health

June 5, 2017

This summer I attended the International Conference on Transport and Health in Barcelona—a conference fully dedicated to transportation systems and health impacts. I presented research on children’s e … Continued

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Housing choice voucher spatial integration

June 5, 2017

The history of spatial segregation in the United States involves discriminatory barriers against minorities that limit chances for upward mobility. Unfortunately, government policies to combat residen … Continued

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Moped safety and registration

June 5, 2017

Vulnerable road users (VRU), which includes pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists, are found blocked in the midst of transportation policies and roadway infrastructures that are heavily designed fo … Continued

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Dorothea Dix Hospital

June 5, 2017

While rehabilitation of historic sites may differ in scale, finances, ownership, or use, its preservation and adaptation requires careful planning and coordination. This study examines the complex fac … Continued