Do businesses hold the key for sustainable cities?

While all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are ambitious, you can make a strong case that SDG11 is among the most stretching of goals. In aiming to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, it sets itself a challenge that gets bigger with each passing day. There are even opportunities to leapfrog some […]

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Building community: How urban planning, design impact cities

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy hosted a special series of panel discussion talks this Wednesday with several professionals and professors within spatial planning and urban design. The panel discussion, called “Designing Value — The Impact of Design,” focused on how design aesthetics blend together or clash with the needs of […]

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Bloustein Faculty Profile: Mike Smart, assistant professor of transportation planning

by Paul Hislip, Communications intern (Class of 2018) I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Bloustein School assistant professor Michael Smart, whose primary research has explored the ways in which social networks embedded in particular neighborhoods of affinity—such as immigrant neighborhoods and gay and lesbian neighborhoods—influence the activity patterns of those who live in those […]

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Urban planner: Macon silent on visual preference survey results

Anton Nelessen, a professor of urban planning and design at Rutgers University, conducted the survey, as he has in 167 cities in the United States and many others around the world. Nelessen recalls resistance bordering on hostility to his work in Macon. He heard the words “communist plot” in reference to his efforts. For that […]

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