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Disney World's Private Government
 
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Walt Disney World Resort is huge — it consists of four theme parks, 27 hotels with 21 thousand rooms, over 30 thousand parking spaces, shopping, water parks, and all of the backstage areas needed to run such a massive operation. Walt Disney World is set on 27,000 acres in central Florida — roughly the size of the city of San Francisco. It’s also the most visited resort in the world. It’s impressive size and record setting visitor attendance are amazing. For sure. But what might be even more amazing, particularly if you are a city planning nerd like me, is the special district that grants the company unprecedented powers over its land and municipal services. This video was heavily based on: Chad D. Emerson, Merging Public and Private Governance: How Disney's Reedy Creek Improvement District "Re-Imagined" The Traditional Division of Local Regulatory Powers, 36 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 177 (2009). Video sources: - Archive.org Photo sources: - Orlando Sentinel - Wikimedia Commons Produced in sunny Sacramento, California. Filmed on location in Walt Disney World.
Views: 208983 City Beautiful
Why do so many U.S. cities have gridded streets?
 
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Many U.S. cities were founded with a street grid. Why? This video describes the historic factors that contributed to the adoption of a grid. This includes influential city designs from Versailles, London, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Reno.
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Savannah's mysterious historic plan
 
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There’s an ongoing mystery that planners and urban historians have been trying to solve for over 100 years. How did an amateur planner forego centuries of established city design and implement a pattern that resulted in one of the most charming, walkable historic centers in the U.S.? For many, it’s just too hard to believe that he designed it out of thin air — there must’ve been an obvious precedent. Scholars have been searching for this precedent to solve this mystery since the 1800s. The Making of Urban America, by John Reps: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0691006180/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0691006180&linkCode=as2&tag=cookfrie-20&linkId=808173f37c1a1e52494a3541e3e94a88 Resources on this topic: http://savannahurbanstudies.blogspot.com/2007/02/urban-planning-in-savannah-past-and.html Oglethorpe's Sources for the Savannah Plan, Bannister, 1961: http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/988103.pdf Savannah video courtesy of Archive.org's Moving Image Archive Photo sources: - Wikimedia Commons - Flickr user Steven Martin
Views: 57378 City Beautiful
The Best Map of a City: The Nolli Map of Rome
 
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Go crazy and buy this huge map: https://www.amazon.com/1748-Nolli-Laminated-Archival-Paper/dp/B018JDSO8E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529294019&sr=8-2&keywords=nolli+map+rome Check out the Nolli website: nolli.uoregon.edu I'm on Patreon! Consider supporting this channel: https://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful The 1748 Nolli Map of Rome is the best map of any city ever for three reasons: accuracy, detail, and influence. I’m not going to say it’s THE MOST accurate, detailed, or influential map ever, but it has all three attributes in spades. It’s one of the most important historical documents we have about the eternal city, Rome. A. Ceen, Allan. “Nuova Pianta di Roma Data in Luce da Giambattista Nolli l’Anno MDCCXLVIII.” http://nolli.uoregon.edu/nuovaPianta.html B. Ceen, Allan. “Nuova Pianta di Roma Data in Luce da Giambattista Nolli l’Anno MDCCXLVIII.” http://nolli.uoregon.edu/nuovaPianta.html C. Nice, James. “The Nolli Map and Urban Theory.” http://nolli.uoregon.edu/urbanTheory.html D. Ceen, Allan. “Nuova Pianta di Roma Data in Luce da Giambattista Nolli l’Anno MDCCXLVIII.” http://nolli.uoregon.edu/nuovaPianta.html Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
Views: 76861 City Beautiful
Train stations are making a comeback. But why?
 
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In Denver and cities across the United States, historic train stations are getting a new lease on life. Many are anchoring downtown redevelopment projects as well. Resources on this topic: For all info on Denver development, check out https://denverinfill.com. The Great American Stations. http://www.greatamericanstations.com Weiler, S. (2000). Pioneers and Settlers in Lo-Do Denver: Private Risk and Public Benefits in Urban Redevelopment. Urban Studies, 37(1), 167–179. Peters, D., & Novy, J. (2012). Train Station Area Development Mega-Projects in Europe: Towards a Typology. Built Environment, 38(1), 12–30. https://doi.org/10.2148/benv.38.1.12 Sacramento Valley Station. http://www.cityofsacramento.org/public-works/sacramento-valley-station Once fantasy, redeveloping Detroit's old train depot now seen as doable, by JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/story/money/2017/08/06/detroit-old-train-depot-michigan-station/534609001/ Photo sources: - https://denverinfill.com - Wikimedia Commons - Sacramento Railyards: https://railyards.com - Western History Collection, Denver Public Library Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
Views: 127461 City Beautiful
An Introduction to Zoning
 
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Zoning may seem boring, but it dictates what can and can't be built in your city. I go through the basics of the zoning code (zoning ordinance), describe the pros and cons, and tell you how you can influence changes to your community's zoning code. For more information: http://dcoz.dc.gov/about/Zoning%20Basics06.06.11.pdf http://plannersweb.com/2001/04/zoning-basics/ Photo credits: Bettercities.net DialogDesign.ca Chris Brown on Flickr City of Toronto Form Based Codes Institute Gary J. Wood on Flickr Mike Mozart on Flickr Paul Sableman on Flickr State of California Unsplash.com
Views: 64264 City Beautiful
The Alaskan Way Viaduct: How Seattle chose the Bertha tunnel alternative
 
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In April of 2017, Bertha, the massive tunnel-boring machine successfully completed digging a nearly 2 mile deep-bore tunnel under Seattle. The tunnel will carry traffic from the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which had been damaged and deemed seismically unsafe after an earthquake. The tunnel will be much less intrusive than the wall-like Viaduct structure, which cuts Seattle off from its waterfront, and the tunnel, new surface street, and transit will take care of the Viaduct’s 110,000 vehicles per day.Why did Seattle move the highway from above ground to below ground? What we're the replacement options considered? How did Seattle settle on the deep bore tunnel, one of the most expensive options possible, as a replacement for the Viaduct? What was that process like? Resources on this topic: Bloomberg: "Stuck in Seattle": https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-bertha/ Seattle Times: "Bertha's woes grind on": http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/berthas-woes-grind-on-more-delay-higher-cost-for-highway-99-tunnel/ Seattle Times: '8-lane highway' on Seattle's waterfront: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/8-lane-highway-for-seattles-future-alaskan-way-challenged/ A special thanks to the Washington State Department of Transportation for the video and many wonderful photos of the project! Other photo sources: - Wikimedia Commons - Flickr user Brad-514 - Flickr user Eric Fidler - Flickr user Nic McPhee - Flickr user Oran Viriyincy - Flickr user Rene Schwietzke - Flickr user SounderBruce - Flickr user Stephen Bruce - Flickr user tdlucas5000 - Flickr user Victor R Ruiz
Views: 139027 City Beautiful
Can Los Angeles Be Sustainable?
 
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This video is sponsored by Siemens. I'm on Patreon! Consider supporting this channel: https://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful Check out the pLAn here: http://plan.lamayor.org Cities are a great scale to think about sustainability. And no city is more interesting to consider than Los Angeles. Yes, the city well-known for its traffic and smog. A. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16819-city-dwellers-harm-climate-less/ B. 2. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-owens-valley-eminent-domain-20170712-story.html# Resources: Garbage Truck by icon 54 from the Noun Project Thermometer by Delwar Hossain from the Noun Project Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
Views: 33283 City Beautiful
How to Become a City Planner
 
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How to become a city planner: In this video, I’ll take you through the process of becoming a city planner step by step. This video is based on my own experiences becoming an urban planner and the experiences of others I know. I hope this is useful career advice for those considering city planner jobs. Let me know if you have questions in the comments! Resources on this topic: List of accredited college planning programs (undergraduate and graduate): http://www.planningaccreditationboard.org/index.php?id=30 More information about the city planning profession from the American Planning Association: https://planning.org/choosingplanning/ Savannah video courtesy of Archive.org's Moving Image Archive Photo sources: - Wikimedia Commons - Omnitrans
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Urban Gondolas: Transit by Cable
 
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I'm on Patreon! Consider supporting this channel: https://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful Sources: A. The Gondola Project. http://gondolaproject.com B. Image via Wikimedia Commons user MO Stevens C. Brass, Kevin. 2014. "Transit Planners Look to the Sky with Cable Cars, Gondolas." Urban Land. https://urbanland.uli.org/industry-sectors/infrastructure-transit/public-transit-takes-sky-cable-car-gondola/ D. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Presidencia de la Republica Mexicana E. Alshalalfah, B., Shalaby, A., & Dale, S. (2013). Experiences with Aerial Ropeway transportation systems in the urban environment. journal of urban planning and development, 140(1), 04013001. F. Dávila, J. D., & Daste, D. (2013). Pobreza, participación y Metrocable. Estudio del caso de Medellín. Boletín CF+ S, (54), 121-131. G. Alshalalfah, B., Shalaby, A., & Dale, S. (2013). Experiences with Aerial Ropeway transportation systems in the urban environment. journal of urban planning and development, 140(1), 04013001. H. Burnett, Victoria. 2016. “Near Mexico City, Cable Car Lets Commuters Glide Over Traffic.” The New York Times. I. Cerdá, M., Morenoff, J. D., Hansen, B. B., Tessari Hicks, K. J., Duque, L. F., Restrepo, A., & Diez-Roux, A. V. (2012). Reducing violence by transforming neighborhoods: a natural experiment in Medellín, Colombia. American journal of epidemiology, 175(10), 1045-1053. J. Ferguson, Tim. 2017. “Albany-Rensselaer gondola plans move forward.” News10.com. http://www.news10.com/news/albany-rensselaer-gondola-plans-move-forward/1081381586 K. Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola Feasibility Study. http://www.georgetownrosslyngondola.com L. Vaccaro, Adam. 2018. “Here’s what the proposed gondola system for the Seaport would look like.” The Boston Globe. http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/03/01/here-what-proposed-gondola-for-seaport-gondola-would-look-like/acx6qZnrmQJZr77LSL6ofL/story.html M. Images via Handel Architects via City of Boston. For more information: http://citiscope.org/story/2014/how-medellin-revived-itself-part-2-reclaiming-city-violence Produced in sunny Sacramento, California. Filmed on location in Medellin, Colombia.
Views: 46859 City Beautiful
Chicago sold the Chicago Skyway for $1.8 billion
 
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This episode is the unlikely story of a public toll road sold to private interests for $1.8 billion dollars, the story of the Chicago Skyway. Resources on this topic: http://trrjournalonline.trb.org/doi/pdf/10.3141/2297-15 http://www.chicagoroads.com/roads/chicago-skyway/ https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-blogs/chicagos-highway-in-the-sky/b38ffc79-0a1b-4d4b-985f-c5a1225f2c10 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicago-Skyway-Toll-Increases-Take-Effect-in-New-Year-408833865.html http://ibtta.org/sites/default/files/unrestricted/38250_Section1.pdf Dashcam video provided by Paul Donovan: https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulNDonovan Other videos courtesy of Archive.org's Moving Image Archive Photo Sources: - Great photographers from Flickr: Grant, Ian Friemuth, Ken Lund, Marc Buehler, Matt Buck, phvolmer, vxla - Wikimedia Commons - Chicago Tribune - University of Illinois, Chicago
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Commute by escalator?
 
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I'm on Patreon! Consider supporting this channel: https://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful The escalator of Comuna 13 is 93 meters long and lifts passengers 38 meters up. It replaced 357 stairs residents had to take to get to their homes. It opened in 2012 and was built for $5.5 million US dollars. The city’s vision was that the escalator would move 12,000 people per day and reconnect previously isolated areas. But did it meet the transportation needs of local residents? Resources on this topic: Planners and the Pride Factor: The Case of the Electric Escalator in Medellín: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/blar.12665 (You need to have academic access, sorry for those who don't. :( ) ‘A Sea of Tears and Impunity’: Victims Still Searching for Justice 14 Years After Infamous Colombia Military Operation: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-sea-of-tears-impunity-victims-still-searching_us_580a1eace4b0f8715789f93c Story of cities #42: Medellín escapes grip of drug lord to embrace radical urbanism: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/13/story-cities-pablo-escobar-inclusive-urbanism-medellin-colombia Medellin’s Turbulent Comuna 13: https://www.insightcrime.org/investigations/medellins-turbulent-comuna-13/ How giant outdoor escalators transformed a Colombian neighborhood: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/colombia-medellin-neighborhood/index.html Medellin’s Comuna 13 is riding escalators to a better future: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/destinations/medellins-comuna-13-is-riding-escalators-to-a-better-future/article29706095/ Medellin Inaugurates Giant Outdoor Escalator: https://www.npr.org/2011/12/27/144306971/the-last-word-in-business Produced in sunny Sacramento, California. Filmed on location in Medellín, Colombia.
Views: 27806 City Beautiful
Why don't more U.S. cities have metro systems like New York?
 
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The subway was my favorite part of living New York. The New York subway has more stations than any other metro system in the world (472), meaning I could just pop up just about anywhere in the city and live there entirely without a car. It was great. When I moved away, I couldn’t help but wonder — why do so few U.S. cities have subways? Resources on this topic: How Much Does Rail Transit Cost to Build and Operate: https://www.thoughtco.com/rail-transit-projects-costs-2798796 Urban Densities and Transit: A Multi-dimensional Perspective: http://www.its.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/publications/UCB/2011/VWP/UCB-ITS-VWP-2011-6.pdf Loo, B. P. Y., & Cheng, A. H. T. (2010). Are there useful yardsticks of population size and income level for building metro systems? Some worldwide evidence. Cities, 27(5), 299–306. Video sources: - Videoblocks.com - Archive.org, Prelinger Archives Photo sources: - Flickr user A Diamond Fell From the Sky - Flickr user Atomic Taco - Flickr user Canadian Pacific - Flickr user Ian Fuller - Flickr user Michael B - Flickr user Michael Semensohn - Flickr user Paul Sullivan - Flickr user Susanne - New York MTA - Oregon Department of Transportation - Trimet - Virginia Department of Transportation Filmed in sunny Sacramento, California.
Views: 480729 City Beautiful
An Ode to Street Trees
 
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I'm on Patreon! Consider supporting this channel: https://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful I live in Sacramento, and when I moved here I learned two things quickly. First, Sacramento summers are hot. Like really hot. Many days are over 100 degrees. The second thing I learned is that Sacramento is livable, even with those high temperatures, thanks to its extensive tree canopy. The trees provide shade that makes me feel about 10-15 degrees cooler, and without them I probably would’ve moved a long time ago. Shade is just one of the many many benefits trees provide in urban areas, and I’m going to count down my favorites, as well talk about what it takes to maintain a verdant urban forest. Information gathered from these excellent websites: The Arbor Day Foundation: https://www.arborday.org/trees/benefits.cfm Friends of the Urban Forest: https://www.fuf.net/benefits-of-urban-greening/ Sources: A. Wolf, Kathleen L, PhD, University of Washington (2007) City Trees and Property Values. Arborist News. 16, 4:34-36. B. Donovan, G.H.; Butry, D.T. (2010). Trees in the City: Valuing Street Trees in Portland, Oregon. Landscape and Urban Planning 94:77-83 C. McPherson, Greg, Center for Urban Forest Research via https://www.arborday.org/trees/benefits.cfm D. U.S. Department of Agriculture via https://www.arborday.org/trees/benefits.cfm E. Naderi, Jody Rosenblatt, Young Suk Kweon, and Praveen Maghelal (2008). The Street Tree Effect and Driver Safety. ITE Journal on the Web. http://www.naturewithin.info/Roadside/Tree&Driver_ITE.pdf F. Global Status Report on Road Safety (2015). World Health Organization. (https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=wV40DgAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=road+safety+and+speed&ots=DJSBBThVnn&sig=I3zRpXGQVhaEUoonWoi-EGPX2TI#v=onepage&q=road%20safety%20and%20speed&f=false G. Benefits of Urban Greening. Friends of the Urban Forest. https://www.fuf.net/benefits-of-urban-greening/ H. McPherson, Gregory, James Simpson, Paula Peper, Aaron Crowell, and Qingfu Xiao (2010). Northern California Coast Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs, and Strategic Planting. United States Department of Agriculture. https://www.fs.fed.us/psw/topics/urban_forestry/products/2/psw_cufr790_psw_gtr228.pdf I. Wolf, Kathy (1998). Urban Forest Values: Economic Benefits of Trees in Cities. Center for Urban Horticulture. https://www.naturewithin.info/Policy/EconBens-FS3.pdf J. Benefits of Urban Greening. Friends of the Urban Forest. https://www.fuf.net/benefits-of-urban-greening/ K. Lovasi, Gina, James Quinn, Kathryn Neckerman, Matthew Perzanowski, and Andrew Rundle (2008). Children living in areas with more street trees have lower asthma prevalence. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2008/05/01/jech.2007.071894 L. New Varieties of Elm Raise Hope of Rebirth for Devastated Tree (1989). The New York Times. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1989/12/05/303289.html?action=click&contentCollection=Archives&module=LedeAsset&region=ArchiveBody&pgtype=article&pageNumber=64 M. Turner, Rob (2015). Nightmare on Elm Streets. Sactown Magazine. http://www.sactownmag.com/April-May-2015/Nightmare-on-Elm-Streets/ Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
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Freeways almost ruined San Francisco
 
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I'm on Patreon! Consider supporting this channel: https://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful San Francisco activists fought a plan to build a Los Angeles-sized network of freeways in San Francisco, and won. Sources: 1. Johnson, K. M. (2009). Captain Blake versus the Highwaymen: Or, how San Francisco won the freeway revolt. Journal of Planning History, 8(1), 56-83. 2. Mohl, R. (2002). The Interstates and the Cities: Highways, Housing, and the Freeway Revolt. Civil Rights Research. http://www.prrac.org/pdf/mohl.pdf. Video thumbnail: Wikimedia Commons user brx0 Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
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How do the layers of government affect city planning?
 
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You probably know that city governments do city planning, but did you know that other layers of U.S. government get involved with local planning issues as well? This video describes the federal, state, regional, local, and special district levels of government. Image credits: City of Albion, MI City of Boston Archives Wikimedia Commons Unsplash
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Are tech workers ruining San Francisco?
 
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I'm on Patreon! Consider supporting this channel: https://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful Since the 1990s, the tech industry in Silicon Valley has grown and many of those workers own or rent here in San Francisco. In that time, housing prices have gone through the roof and now the city is the most expensive place to live in the United States, beating out Manhattan. Longtime residents are being priced out and teachers, nurses, and police officers are struggling to live in the city. Lots of people blame the tech workers for the problems facing San Francisco, but are they really to blame or just a convenient scapegoat? Sources: A. “Mission: Community Organizing and Resistance in SF’s Mission District” by Miriam Zuk and Karen Chapple. 2015. http://www.urbandisplacement.org/sites/default/files/mission_district_final.pdf B. “Mapping Displacement and Gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area.” http://www.urbandisplacement.org/map/sf C. Metcalf, G. (2018). Sand Castles Before the Tide? Affordable Housing in Expensive Cities. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 32(1), 59-80. D. Pogash, C. (2015). Gentrification Spreads an Upheaval in San Francisco’s Mission District. The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/us/high-rents-elbow-latinos-from-san-franciscos-mission-district.html E. “Mission: Community Organizing and Resistance in SF’s Mission District” by Miriam Zuk and Karen Chapple. 2015. http://www.urbandisplacement.org/sites/default/files/mission_district_final.pdf F. Brinklow, A. (2017). San Francisco says development not to blame for Mission gentrification. Curbed San Francisco. https://sf.curbed.com/2017/1/30/14442476/mission-gentrification-housing-affordable G. Metcalf, G. (2015). What's the Matter With San Francisco? CityLab. https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/07/whats-the-matter-with-san-francisco/399506/ H. Pogash, C. (2015). Gentrification Spreads an Upheaval in San Francisco’s Mission District. The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/us/high-rents-elbow-latinos-from-san-franciscos-mission-district.html I. Samara, T. (2016). Don’t blame SF’s “left-leaning, anti-growth, NIMBY homeowners” for the city’s housing crisis: It’s not as easy as building our way to victory. Salon. https://www.salon.com/2016/01/24/dont_blame_sfs_left_leaning_anti_growth_nimby_homeowners_for_the_citys_housing_crisis_its_not_as_easy_as_building_our_way_to_victory/ Video thumbnail: HBO and Wikimedia Commons user Bernard Gagnon. Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
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An Urban Planner Plays Sim City
 
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First 200 people will get a 2 month FREE trial of Skillshare here: http://skl.sh/citybeautiful Have you ever wondered what a city planner would think of SimCity? This video answers that question! Stick through the video for thoughts on grids, eminent domain, zoning, and more. I'm on Patreon! Consider supporting this channel: https://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
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Fresno is removing its pedestrian mall. Will it save downtown?
 
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On September 1, 1964, the city leaders of Fresno, California broke ground a new pedestrian mall along Fulton Street (Fulton Mall), one of the city’s main thoroughfares. On March 3, 2016, when city leaders broke ground on the removal of that pedestrian mall. Will the removal reverse Fresno's fortunes? Resources on this topic: http://www.gofresnocounty.com/Fulton%20Mall/FultonIndex.htm http://tclf.org/landscapes/fulton-mall http://kvpr.org/post/fulton-mall-project-become-reality http://mall-hall-of-fame.blogspot.com/2008_05_01_archive.html Videos courtesy of Archive.org's Moving Image Archive and the Community Media Access Collaborative. Photo credits: Alan Light, Flickr Geoff Livingston, Flickr David Prasade, Flickr Joe Green, Flickr NYCDOT Gruen and Associates Minnesota Historical Society Life Magazine Photo Archive
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How planners plan cities (in Star Wars and real life)
 
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I just created a Patreon! If you want to support City Beautiful, consider becoming a patron: http://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful Resources on this topic: Rational Comprehensive Model: More info here: http://www.geo.fu-berlin.de/en/v/geolearning/watershed_management/introduction_wm/natural_resource_management_planning/how_to_plan/planning_models/rational_planning/index.html Incrementalism: “The Science of Muddling Through” by Charles Lindblom. http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/subjects/ims5042/stuff/readings/lindblom.pdf Advocacy Planning: “Advocacy and Pluralism in Planning” by Paul Davidoff. http://urbanpolicy.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Davidoff_1965_Advocacy-and-pluralism-in-planning.pdf Images copyright 20th Century Fox/Disney/don't sue me, it's fair use Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
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Do we need futuristic tunnels? | Elon Musk and The Boring Company
 
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I have a Patreon! If you want to support City Beautiful, consider becoming a patron: http://www.patreon.com/citybeautiful On Friday, Elon Musk tweeted: “Adjusting The Boring Company plan. All tunnels and hyper loop will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists over cars. Will still transport cars, but only after all personalized mass transit needs are met. It’s a matter of courtesy and fairness. If someone can’t afford a car, they should go first.” his is a shift from his original plan, where cars would be the primary vehicle traveling through underground tunnels in urban areas. That plan had received lots of criticism from transit advocates and planners. What does this planner think of Elon’s change of course? Stay tuned to find out. Sources: https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/972233079342297088 https://www.boringcompany.com/faq/ Photo and video sources: - The Boring Company - Omaha World-Herald - Corevette - Mariordo - Maurizio Pesce Produced in sunny Sacramento, California
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How did smart growth become politically divisive?
 
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I do three things in this video. First - I explain what Agenda 21 REALLY is. Second, I describe smart growth, the city planning concept that Agenda 21 promotes. And finally, I give you my explanation for why smart growth became tangled in a conspiracy theory that also relates to climate change denial and fears of a one world government. Resources on this topic: Obama Will Abolish the Suburbs? (Slate): http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/onearth/2013/03/agenda_21_no_the_government_isn_t_going_to_confiscate_your_property.html Anti-Government Conspiracy Theorists Rail Against UN's Agenda 21 Program (Southern Poverty Law Center): https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2012/antigovernment-conspiracy-theorists-rail-against-un’s-agenda-21-program I Got Duped by Glenn Beck (Salon.com): http://www.salon.com/2012/11/19/i_got_duped_by_glenn_beck/ Agenda 21 Revealed (Conspiracy theorist website): http://guardianlv.com/2013/09/agenda-21-revealed-you-need-to-know-this/ Agenda 21: Conspiracy Theory or Real Threat? (Conspiracy theory website): https://townhall.com/columnists/rachelalexander/2011/07/02/agenda-21-conspiracy-theory-or-real-threat-n1080301 U.N. Agenda 21 - Coming to a Neighborhood Near You (Conspiracy theory website): http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2009/10/un_agenda_21_coming_to_a_neigh.html Video sources: - Videoblocks.com Photo sources: - Flickr user Beyond DC - Flickr user National Renewable Energy Lab - Flickr user Number 10 - Flickr user Reg Natarajan - The United Nations - Wikimedia Commons user Gage Skidmore Music sources: - Metaphysik by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400056 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Filmed in sunny Sacramento, California.
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Will sea level rise drown our coastal cities?
 
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Sea level rise viewer (U.S. only, sorry international plan fans): https://coast.noaa.gov/slr/ Sea level rise could submerge land currently home to up to 760 million people worldwide if global temperatures rise 4 degrees celsius by the year 2100. So what are cities and city planners going to do to minimize the potential devastation? Resources on this topic: Brecht, H., Dasgupta, S., Laplante, B., Murray, S., & Wheeler, D. (2012). Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surges: High Stakes for a Small Number of Developing Countries. The Journal of Environment & Development, 21(1), 120–138. https://doi.org/10.1177/1070496511433601 http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.940.7848&rep=rep1&type=pdf "Climate change crusade goes local" By Doug Struck https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2015/0809/Climate-change-crusade-goes-local Hauer, M. E., Evans, J. M., & Mishra, D. R. (2016). Millions projected to be at risk from sea-level rise in the continental United States. Nature Climate Change, 6(7), 691–695. https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2961 "9 Popular Cities Losing War with Rising Seas" https://www.seeker.com/9-popular-cities-losing-war-with-rising-seas-1767623708.html "Shanghai Struggles to Save Itself From the Sea" by Coco Liu http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/09/27/27climatewire-shanghai-struggles-to-save-itself-from-the-s-43368.html?pagewanted=all "From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level" by Jonathan Watts https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/nov/03/miami-shanghai-3c-warming-cities-underwater "The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming" by Josh Holder, Niko Kommenda, and Jonathan Watts https://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2017/nov/03/three-degree-world-cities-drowned-global-warming "Mapping Choices: Carbon, Climate, and Rising Seas, Our Global Legacy" by Climate Central http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/uploads/research/Global-Mapping-Choices-Report.pdf "The Rise of Resilience: Linking Resilience and Sustainability in City Planning" by Timon McPhearson https://static1.squarespace.com/static/552ec5f5e4b07754ed72c4d2/t/5550a70ae4b0134fb5a0bcf6/1431349002346/mcphearson+2014c_the+nature+of+cities.pdf "Shanghai takes measures against rising sea levels" https://gbtimes.com/shanghai-takes-measures-against-rising-sea-levels Photo sources: - Wikimedia Commons Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
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Why did we build high-rise public housing projects?
 
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In the spring of 2007, the Chicago Housing Authority demolished the last of the 28 buildings in the Robert Taylor Homes housing project. Robert Taylor Homes is one of several high profile housing project demolitions, from St. Louis’s Pruitt-Igoe to fellow Chicago project Cabrini Green. The demolitions serve as an admission that high-rise public housing wasn’t a good idea. The housing that replaced them are all low rise projects better integrated within existing neighborhoods. So why did anyone back then think it was a good idea? Why did housing authorities build these high rise projects in the first place? Resources on this topic: Hunt, D. B. (2001). What Went Wrong with Public Housing in Chicago? A History of the Robert Taylor Homes. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 94(1), 96–123. "Demolished: The End of Chicago's Public Housing" by David Eads and Helga Salinas. https://apps.npr.org/lookatthis/posts/publichousing/ "When Public Housing Was Paradise" by Joy Connelly https://openingthewindow.com/2011/06/13/when-public-housing-was-paradise-2/ "Elizabeth Wood, 93, Innovator In Early Days of Public Housing" by Bruce Lambert http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/17/us/elizabeth-wood-93-innovator-in-early-days-of-public-housing.html "A Brief History of Public Housing" by Jennifer Amy Stoloff https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jennifer_Stoloff/publication/228789405_A_brief_history_of_public_housing/links/5643a68008ae9f9c13e05df6/A-brief-history-of-public-housing.pdf Video sources: - Archive.org, Prelinger Archives Photo sources: - Wikimedia Commons - Flickr user Samuel A. Love - Zahiri, N., Dezhdar, O., & Foroutan, M. (2016). Rethinking of Critical Regionalism in High-Rise Buildings. Buildings, 7(1), 4. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings7010004 Filmed in sunny Sacramento, California.
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Hosting the Olympics is Broken. Let's Fix It.
 
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Hosting the Olympics is an expensive proposition. Cost varies according to hosts, but even a games on a tight budget like London cost $10 billion dollars, though that’s nothing compared to the $44 billion dollar price tag for Beijing’s games or $51 billion dollars for Sochi. Olympic boosters will say the costs are worth it, while skeptics will say the money and effort is better spent directly helping its citizens. I’m going to discuss some of the tradeoffs associated with hosting the Olympics and tell you why I think only six cities should host the games from here on out: Calgary, Rio, Turin, Cape Town, PyeongChang, and Sydney. Resources on this topic: "Impacts of the Olympic Games as Mega-Events" by Malfas, et. al https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/bitstream/2100/993/1/muen.157.3.209.49461.pdf "Urban development through hosting international events: a history of the Olympic Games" by Chalkley and Essex "Predicting the Costs and Benefits of Mega Sporting Events: Misjudgement of Olympic Proportions?" by Barclay http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2009.01896.x/full "Why Nobody Wants to Host the 2022 Winter Olympics" Time Magazine http://time.com/3462070/olympics-winter-2022/ "After the Party: What Happens When the Olympics Leave Town" Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/after-the-party-what-happens-when-the-olympics-leave-town-901629.html "Of 21 Winter Olympic Cities, Many May Soon Be Too Warm to Host the Games" New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/11/climate/winter-olympics-global-warming.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 "Ghosts of Olympics Past" Reuters https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/ghosts-of-olympics-past-idUSRTR30UOB#a=1 "Olympics: In rarity for Games, Pyeongchang preparations run smoothly" Kyodo News https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2018/01/99bed44905f6-olympics-in-rarity-for-games-pyeongchang-preparations-run-smoothly.html "Permanent Olympic Site Would Address Growing Costs, Host Issues, Advocates Say" International Business Times http://www.ibtimes.com/permanent-olympic-site-would-address-growing-costs-host-issues-advocates-say-2040806 Photo sources: Burbex.org. See their article on Beijing's abandoned venues here: https://burbex.org/2016/09/30/white-water-dreams-olympic-kayaking-course-beijing-grade-b/ Wikimedia Commons contributors: - Alexander Kachkaev - Amadalvarez - Andre Motta/Brasil 2016 - Charlie Fong - David Iliff - Hpnx9420 - Jonathan Pope - Jpmpham - Kristof Verslype - MarylandPride - Mwanner - Paolo Costa Baldi - Richard Giles - Sander van Ginkel - Sergi Larripa - SLC_byggekloss - Supermoving Produced in sunny Sacramento, California.
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Urban Sprawl: Which U.S. City Sprawls the Most?
 
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Urban sprawl — we’ve all seen it — the strip malls, residential subdivisions, clogged streets. But which U.S metro area sprawls the most? Is it Los Angeles, a city built around the car? Or is it another sunbelt city like Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Antonio, or Atlanta? Resources on this topic: Ewing, R., Pendall, R., & Chen, D. (2003). Measuring Sprawl and Its Transportation Impacts. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 1831, 175–183. https://doi.org/10.3141/1831-20 Sutton, P. C. (2003). A scale-adjusted measure of  Urban sprawl using nighttime satellite imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, 86(3), 353–369. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0034-4257(03)00078-6 New York Times: "Seattle Climbs but Austin Sprawls: The Myth of the Return to Cities" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/upshot/seattle-climbs-but-austin-sprawls-the-myth-of-the-return-to-cities.html?_r=1 Media sources: - Google Earth - Flickr user Daniel Ramirez - Flickr user Social media: Website/Tumblr: http://citybeautiful.city Instagram: citybeautifulcity
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Residential streets are too wide. Here's why.
 
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In many places in the United States, residential streets were as wide as busy city streets. I understand why urban streets might need to be wide — parking, buses, traffic, and bike lanes all need the room. But why do quiet residential streets need to be so wide? Why do they need parking when all of the houses on the streets have garages and driveways? Why do they need wide lanes when most of the traffic is just cars and minivans? Why are we building residential streets as wide as big city streets? Resources on this topic: I based this video on my Master's thesis, which my advisor and I turned into a book chapter. You can buy the book, Retrofitting Sprawl, on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0820345458/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0820345458&linkCode=as2&tag=cityb-20&linkId=fd656b3efd3b9143ed3a413a9e2ea148 Video sources: - Videoblocks.com Photo sources: - AASHTO - Blake Wheeler (via Unsplash.com) - Drew DeVitis https://psudelft2015drewdevitis.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/the-woonerf-living-streets-for-people/ - Google Maps - NASA - Wikimedia Commons Filmed in sunny Sacramento, California.
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Videos about city planning and urban design!
 
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I’m Dave, a former city planner and current city planning researcher, and my passion is teaching people about cities. That’s what this channel is about — answering questions you might have about city planning and telling fascinating stories about cities and the processes that shaped them. I try to produce one high-quality, well-researched video each month.
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