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Local planner responds to news article on “Green gentrification”
By Avery Livengood, AICP, March 28, 2020. An article in last month’s ‘Planning news roundup’ implied that cities’ investments in green infrastructure cause gentrification and displacement, but there are differences between city funded and privately funded investments.
By Marlene Stevenson, March 24, 2020, edited by Sajuti Rahman, associate editor. This is the first in a series of articles from our past Section Directors. From a list of 23 past directors going back to 1974, we found contact information for 16, and asked several of them to write about the differences between planning today and when they were section directors — or to write on any planning subject they wish. We have also published an article from former Section Director Darcy Kremin, AICP.
By Audrey Shiramizu, April 17, 2020. Working and commuting has changed significantly since shelter-in-place became the norm. How and where we work could — and should — look a lot different in the months to come.
The New World Order, from a consultant’s point of view
By Darcy Kremin, AICP, April 14, 2020, edited by Sajuti Rahman, associate editor. This is the second in a series of articles from past Section Directors. Also see the article from former Section Director Marlene Stevenson.
Interviewed by Catarina Kidd, AICP, April 15, 2020. This month’s guest — an urban planner and assistant professor in environmental studies and sciences at Santa Clara University — discusses his job and offers his professional views.
COVID-19 reveals how micromobility can build resilient cities
By Michal Naka, Next City, April 6, 2020. Micromobility can help cities build resilience in times of crisis, whether we face a pandemic, an earthquake, flooding, or severe weather brought on by climate change.
By Jonathan Schuppert, AICP, April 15, 2020. When and as restrictions on travel and assembly are gradually lifted under State guidance, implementation will largely be local. Planners should continue to lead by example, learn from others, and adapt as needed.
By Richard L. Davis, associate editor, April 14, 2020. Our editors saw many articles about COVID-19’s effects on urban planning. These 10 summaries are relevant, informative, yet much shorter than those in ‘Planning news roundup.’
Job change write-ups for Shannon Hake, AICP; Michael Hart; Greg Holisko, AICP; Andrea Mardesich; Lisa Porras, AICP; Ralph B. McLaughlin; Destiny Preston; Kevin Riley, and Matt VanHua, AICP, were curated by associate editor Richard L. Davis.
We publish 10 times each year as a forum for the exchange of planning ideas and information. Entirely the effort of volunteers, Northern News is written and produced by and for urban planners in northern California.
By Ida Mojadad, San Francisco Examiner, April 9, 2020. After six years of public hearings, the San Francisco Planning Commission has approved the initiation of a General Plan Amendment for an 1,100-unit complex. Half of the units are to be permanently affordable for those with up to 120 percent of the area median income (AMI).
By Katherine Guyot and Isabel V. Sawhill, Brookings, April 6, 2020. Telecommuting has been the fastest-growing method of commuting over the last several years. The pandemic promises to accelerate this trend dramatically.
By Rina Chandran, Thomson Reuters Foundation, April 1, 2020. Losing heritage to modernization is not inevitable, but it requires careful choices as to what should go, what should stay, and what should come in place of things that are removed.
By J.K. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, March 25, 2020. Over labor issues, Concord’s City Council declined to extend negotiations with a building group hoping to redevelop a 5,000-acre former military base. As costs have soared, the many proposed community benefits no longer appeared financially feasible to the developer.
By Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, March 23, 2020. Housing developers are concerned that the shift by local governments to virtual planning and inspection could hamper their ability to meet tight construction deadlines.