Planning Commentary

CNU23 Session: Reaching Out to Conservatives

CNU23 Session: Reaching Out to Conservatives

One of the most interesting sessions at CNU23 asked what the role is for conservatives in New Urbanism. Does good design, like good data, transcend political factionalism? Is urbanism perceived as undesirable or unfriendly to conservatives, even when it aligns with their values? Inspired by this discussion, I decided to share my own take, borrowing from the wisdom of both American founding fathers and a long-march communist. 

America's Driving Problem with Drinking

America's Driving Problem with Drinking

The United States has four times as many people as the UK but has twenty times as many fatalities related to drunk driving. I follow up my discussion of bars and parking with this data exploration of drinking, driving, and DUI's with some unexpected and interesting results. 

Zoning for Bars

Zoning for Bars

Drunk driving is a behavior on which we spend a lot of effort discouraging and yet somehow largely ignore the importance of design. This article asks whether America has a drinking problem or a driving problem? What's worse yet, is that through things like minimum parking requirements and zoning we are virtually coding a problem into existence.