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  • Monday, October 10, 2022 12:51 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "What Disney does for fictional landscapes, planners must do for real landscapes. 

    Disneyland is nicer than the real world. People are willing to pay for nice, even for only a few hours. That's because, for much of recent history, in the vast majority of places, the imagination and talent has been privatized, funded, and promoted, and the public realm has, in too many cases, been neglected, starved, and vilified. The public realm doesn't get nearly the sort of attention and investment as even a few dozen acres of private realm.

    Disneyland came about precisely at the peak of and, I would argue, because of mid-20th century suburbanization. As the country was becoming deliberately dull and homogenous in the late 1950s, a place of excitement, escape, and, indeed, ersatz urbanism became more marketable. Disneyland promoted suburbanization in order to offer an antidote to suburbanization. The uglier [Anaheim] is, and the less pleasant that walk is, the more exciting those other -lands become.”

    https://www.cp-dr.com/articles/when-planners-wish-upon-star

  • Wednesday, October 05, 2022 4:54 PM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    Weston & Sampson welcomed Sam Moffett, AICP, as a Senior Principal Planner in its Reading office. Sam has 25 years of environmental planning experience, with a specialty in transportation infrastructure permitting and planning. He has also provided electrical infrastructure siting, planning, and permitting services for electrical utility clients, provided NEPA compliance services for transportation agencies and military clients, completed permitting for merchant solar electric facilities, and prepared critical issues and siting studies for proposed merchant power generation facilities. At Weston & Sampson, Sam will provide leadership for the firm’s growth in the infrastructure design, planning, and permitting marketplace.

    A certified planner, Sam earned his MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and his BA in Government from the Harvard University Extension School.


  • Monday, September 26, 2022 5:41 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "Critics of inclusionary zoning frequently point to San Francisco as an example of what not to do. A sluggish year of development has some local politicians ready to reconsider the city’s program." 

    https://www.planetizen.com/news/2022/07/117674-san-francisco-reconsider-inclusionary-zoning-development-slows-crawl?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news-07072022&mc_cid=b95a122441&mc_eid=b9p0fICGm0

  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:08 PM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    David Lee and his late partner, Stull and Lee founder Don Stull, are 2022 recipients of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Alumni Award. The award, which was founded and led by the GSD Alumni Council, recognizes and celebrates "the diversity, leadership, range and impact of GSD alumni within their communities and across their areas of practice."

    David wrote: "Don was a friend and mentor and a truly exceptional leader and pioneer as a Black man in a predominantly White profession, having established our award-winning architecture, urban design, and planning firm in 1966. After starting with the firm while still in grad school in 1969, I became a named partner in 1983. I was pleased to take the helm of Stull and Lee, Inc. as president after Don's retirement in 2013, continuing to grow our portfolio of urban design and architecture projects around the country.

    I am truly grateful for the many personal and professional relationships made during my years as a GSD student and adjunct faculty member. My GSD experiences were priceless and I appreciate the support and encouragement of family and friends through the years!"


  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022 9:42 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "The city is eyeing a controversial proposal to end parking requirements at new buildings in an effort to lower development costs and create more housing."

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/09/20/business/will-less-parking-mean-more-housing-cambridge/?et_rid=1767609057&s_campaign=todaysheadlines%3Anewsletter

  • Friday, July 29, 2022 10:10 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    More likely to trip chain or to transport children and groceries, women around the world stand to benefit from easily accessible cargo bikes.

    With vast gender differences impacting mobility choices, urban planners and researchers have been working to uncover workable solutions for closing the gap and ensuring women have the same transport opportunities as men. Some cities, like Tartu, Estonia, have approached this through a reconsideration of the built environment, reorganizing their city to create 15-minute areas, with facilities for everyday life — supermarkets, schools, doctors — all within a walking distance from the place of living

    https://womenmobilize.org/can-cargo-bikes-close-the-gender-mobility-gap/

  • Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:31 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    “The planning is based on questions such as: How do we want to live and get around in urban spaces in the future? What qualities are important to us as individuals and as a community? And what functionalities can’t we do without?” explains Constanze Döll, press secretary for the Tegel Projekt, which is developing the area, called the Schumacher Quartier. While the final designs are not yet complete, the project has several guidelines. First: People take priority, not cars."

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90769791/an-abandoned-berlin-airport-is-being-transformed-into-climate-neutral-car-free-neighborhood?fbclid=IwAR1A4A0XFz27_o401ZbFaehpuOFcmNAxDRyjG9KuvuW9IAcbStDI7PyHj-k

  • Friday, June 03, 2022 9:25 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "Spatial age segregation occurs when individuals of different ages do not occupy the same space and, thereby, lack mutual interactions. Evidence suggests that bringingdifferent age groups together could have a number of societal benefits that range from the reduction of ageism and the risk of isolation in later life to the promotion of socialization between the young and the old."

    https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S0198971522000734?token=F554F9B72A067AFDF568AAE50FDCD07A4E96A1903FD9DAF96D6499252B997316C963579AC697F49B7B65EBC97A1A9A70&originRegion=eu-west-1&originCreation=20220603132356

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 11:34 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    A plan backed by New York City Mayor Eric Adams would repurpose 25 percent of the city’s street space for multimodal transportation and pedestrian plazas.

    https://www.planetizen.com/news/2022/05/117186-nyc-25x25-plan-would-reclaim-13-central-parks-cars?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news-05192022&mc_cid=a88b4593bf&mc_eid=b9p0fICGm0

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 5:45 PM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    Former long-term CPM president Larry Koff's letter against closing the Hynes Convention Center is a good read. 

    The Boston Globe_Death of the Hynes would cap the neglect of a valuable resource_04 27 22.pdf



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