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Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning

Provocative comments from a professor of urban planning, but some of the best ideas are rebuttals in the comments: "...what does it say about our profession when a group of citizens -- most with no training in architecture, planning or design -- comes up with a very good idea that the planners should have had? When I asked about this, the response was: 'We're too busy planning to come up with big plans.' Too busy planning. Too busy slogging through the bureaucratic maze, issuing permits and enforcing zoning codes, hosting community get-togethers, making sure developers get their submittals in on time and pay their fees. This is what passes for planning today. We have become a caretaker profession -- reactive rather than proactive, corrective instead of preemptive, rule bound and hamstrung and anything but visionary. "

Reclaiming "Redneck" Urbanism: What Urban Planners Can Learn From Trailer Parks

"Trailer parks remain one of the last forms of housing in US cities provided by the market explicitly for low-income residents. Better still, they offer a working example of traditional urban design elements and private governance. Any discussion of trailer parks should start with the fact that most forms of low-income housing have been criminalized in nearly every major US city. "

New Jersey City Council Tries to Use Eminent Domain on Property Owners, Gets Swept Out of Office | The Institute for Justice

"Michael Monaghan has wanted to develop his property on Main Street in Hackensack, New Jersey, just a few miles away from Manhattan. Yet the city twice denied two applications for banks to build on his land.

"Instead, Hackensack's Planning Board designated Michael's and another owner's land as an 'area in need of redevelopment,' authorizing the use of eminent domain to condemn and seize the properties. 'I've stood up and tried to protect my property for the last eight years,' he said in an interview with a local paper....

"But fortunately for property owners, Hackensack's entire city council was booted out of office. The grassroots group Citizens for Change won every single seat on the city council, despite being outraised 2:1. Their slate of candidates successfully ran on a platform against costly litigation, nepotism, and corruption. "

Tulsa's Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood Plans

Tulsa Development Authority: Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood Master Plan, May 1991

Tulsa Development Authority: Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood Urban Renewal Plan, as amended February 16, 2006, to expire on June 2, 2014.


Jamil's was almost zoned out of business in the mid '60s, but the Oklahoma Supreme Court declared the original 1955 law creating metropolitan area planning commissions unconstitutional because of population requirements designed to limit the law's application to Tulsa County.

Urban Review STL: Euclidean Zoning To The Extreme

Good discussion of the evolution of use-based zoning, from Euclid v. Ambler to the present, and why St. Louis needs a new land use code to go along with its new comprehensive plan.

Preserve Midtown: Midtown Under Attack!

Good overview of the problems caused by teardowns, and what Preserve Midtown proposes to do about the problem.

Put Another Blog on the Fire: Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

A thoughtful and thorough synopsis and review of the classic book on what makes an urban place thrive or fail. (With PLANiTULSA underway, every serious thinker in the city should read or re-read this book.)

Measuring Urban Development Intensity

How might a New Urbanist Smart Code be applied to Tulsa? Heloisa Ceccato Mendes's project for her Master's Degree in Architectural Urban Studies at OU-Tulsa, in which she analyzes Tulsa's density, zoning, and land use using the New Urbanist concept of the transect -- the graduated range of land use from urban to rural. Lots of maps and illustrations.