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Talking Headways Podcast: Critiquing the Language of Planners

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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.

Today’s Headlines

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Bike Share is on Fire–Literally (SFGate, SFExaminer) More on SFMTA Transit Wish List (NextCity) Lack of Technicians to Fix Muni Elevators (SFExaminer) BART Scofflaws (SFGate) Tech Shuttles as Real Estate Amenity (Curbed) 127 Unit SoMa Development (Socketsite) Defending San Francisco’s Ugly Fountain (Curbed) Bike Lanes and Right Hooks on El Camino Real (EastBayTimes) Belmont Setting […]
Higher density suburban infill is helping keep housing costs in Seattle low relative to the Bay Area. Photo: SPUR

SPUR Talk: Learning from Seattle

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“There’s a kind of cultural license to grow,” explained Benjamin Grant, Urban Design Policy Director for the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), at a presentation about planning lessons from Seattle. “Although they have 20 percent fewer residents, Seattle is consistently producing, decade over decade, two times as much housing as San Francisco.” […]