NPC21: The Rapid Evolution of Virtual Conferencing

Nat is attending the National Planning Conference “in” Boston this week, and reflecting on growth in the planning field alongside leaps and bounds in progress made in virtual conferencing.

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New Grand River Streetscaping: Safer, Slower, Greener

New streetscaping improvements have turned portions of Grand River Avenue, on Detroit’s West Side, from a street-level freeway into something more closely resembling a real city street that people might be able to safely hang out and shop on.

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Morning Coffee, Detroit Traffic: The Post-COVID Craze Is About To Be Wild

Yesterday, Detroit was a whole traffic jam, as an increasingly vaccinated cross-section of, well, everyone, emerged from the cocoons of Michigan winter and lockdowns.

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Durable, Illiquid, Efficient, and Thoroughly Unsexy: Building Envelopes vs. Climate Change

Building envelope retrofits aren’t very flashy. But they’re a crucial way to address the climate crisis.

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Michigan Population Numbers: How Long Before We Just Admit That This Strategy Isn’t Working?

The census numbers are in, and we’re unsurprised to learn that population growth is stagnant in parts of the great,

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Study: Detroit CBO Is Not Quite There Yet

An academic paper looks at the Detroit Community Benefits Ordinance, or CBO. Conclusions? It’s had mixed success. We can get beyond this if we stop thinking about public policy in the simplistic terms of “pro” or “anti” development.

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Webinar: Tech To Reduce Guesswork for Safer Streets

Traffic technology has improved by leaps and bounds in recent decades. While the ultimate solutions to ending traffic violence must come with better street designs and a reduced reliance on single-occupant automobiles, there are some interesting developments in technology that are allowing better modeling to understand driver behavior, intersection safety, and more. We learned about it from a webinar co-hosted by Canadian tech company Miovision.

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Lethal Projectiles: Car Culture, Gun Violence, and Police Shootings

Matthew Lewis points out that departments of transportation and police departments are two of the least democratic institutions in American society right now– and are two of the biggest threats to public health.

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New EGLE Workgroup Wants To Decarbonize Transportation… With Cars

A new statewide workgroup convened by the Michigan Department of Energy, Great Lakes, and Environment, or EGLE, kicked off yesterday

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Book Review – Superconnect: Networks and Weak Links

Richard Koch & Greg Lockwood’s 2010 book “Superconnect” is sort of a Malcolm Gladwell-esque, quick read I came across.

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