Category: Planning & Shaping Cities

State of Place: Is Mommy-Friendability the New Walkability?

This post is part of a partnership between ELGL and State of Place, who uses extensive knowledge of urban design and empirical analysis to quantify what people love about places and forecast why it makes sense to make them better. Check back weekly for a post from this partnership. Designing for the most vulnerable in mind…this is … Continued

State of Place: Data or Bust

This post is part of a partnership between ELGL and State of Place, who uses extensive knowledge of urban design and empirical analysis to quantify what people love about places and forecast why it makes sense to make them better. Check back weekly for a post from this partnership. In case you don’t have time right this … Continued

Vibrant, Welcoming Public Spaces

This is the next installment in AJ Fawver’s Planning & Shaping Cities blog series. If you’ve been part of a city or county budget discussion, or tried to undertake a project related to green space, then you’re familiar with the common rhetoric that parks and public spaces aren’t top priorities. After all, it isn’t public … Continued

Planning & Shaping Cities: Flexing Your Planning Muscles

This is a monthly blog by AJ Fawver, the Planning Director in Lubbock, Texas. She’ll share her perspectives on land use, planning, and community development in this series. Learn more about AJ from her GovLove interview! Read the whole series here. Working as a planning professional can be a trying endeavor. The environment is challenging as we balance … Continued

Planning & Shaping Cities: Planning for People & Space

“Planning & Shaping Cities” is a blog by AJ Fawver. Read all of AJ’s posts from the “Planning & Shaping Cities” blog here. Last week I was driving into an area which connects a highway to the urban downtown. I was struck by the drag strip nature of the traffic entering and exiting the district. … Continued

Planning & Shaping Cities: Activism, Advocacy, Representation

“Planning & Shaping Cities” is a blog by AJ Fawver. Read all of AJ’s posts from the “Planning & Shaping Cities” blog here. Activism, advocacy, representation are all components of our governmental system, and part of every academic program in political science, public administration, and planning.   Here’s the thing – are we each doing … Continued

Planning & Shaping Cities: Pre-Apps & Customer Service

“Planning & Shaping Cities” is a blog by AJ Fawver. Read all of AJ’s posts from the “Planning & Shaping Cities” blog here. Whether starting a business, pursuing an education, or making a big purchase, we want to know what we are in for ahead of time, don’t we? Of course we do. Being personally … Continued

State of Place: Let’s Make this Last For…Longer than 3 Months

State of Place tapped ten experts on how cities can build their bench by keeping interns after the weather turns cold. Right now, your city is experiencing an influx of students who are evaluating the internships and amenities that your city has to offer. According to Google Trends, there’s always a sharp increase in searches … Continued

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