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Updated: 2018-03-17T22:27:56.957-07:00


Talking Headways Podcast: Critiquing the Language of Planners


This week, Robin Rather of Collective Strength joins the podcast to talk about missteps in the planning profession - including how things go wrong with language. Robin shares how she got to thinking about urban issues and why she believes current planning practice is stuck in the 1990s. We discuss the often jargon-filled language the profession uses, taking a paragraph from Austin’s current zoning code rewrite to illustrate. style="border: none" src="//" height="90" width="500" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen>

It's Not the Zoning, It's the MUD


I will be updating here less now as I've moved blogging over to new The Overhead Wire site. This site will always be up as an archive. 

My most recent post is on Houston and development as it pertains to the weekend's horrible events.  At some point soon I'll write a longer post about the change, but in the mean time, feel free to subscribe to the RSS there too.

Talking Headways Podcast: Transatlantic Part 1 - The United States


Here’s the first installment of my two-part conversation with Jonn Elledge, the editor of City Metric and the host of the Skylines podcast. In this episode Jonn interviews me about American transportation, particularly the history of urban subways and light rail, as well as transportation politics and possible futures.

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