Governor Jerry Brown’s “Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals” proposal will have far-reaching consequences on urban planning in cities and counties across California. However, there has been little discussion about the real-world consequences of this policy on the planning profession with regard to public participation.
Earlier this summer, I published an article on these pages remarking on the growing scholarship on informality in the U.S. housing market.  My article was intended as an opening salvo to planning academics who, as I see it, fail to understand American informal housing from the implementation side of planning—the enforcement and regulatory standpoint.
It takes vision to plan and implement creative ideas to improve our communities. Vision as used here refers to a vivid, creative conception or anticipation of what could be.
Boston – “… There seems to be a public image of any given city, which is the overlap of many individual images. Or perhaps there is a series of public images, each held by some significant number of citizens… … What does the city’s form actually mean to people who live there?!” (Kevin Lynch – […]
The city of Portland, Ore. and IBM have seen the future and it’s virtual. The two have teamed up to develop a virtual “SimCity” to better understand how communities work, according to a press release. The computer simulation allows city leaders to see how the various systems, including the economy, housing, education, public safety, transportation, […]