Conversation between Chuck Marohn and Jeff Speck on Confessions of a Recovering Engineer.

Jenny Schuetz discusses her new book, Fixer-Upper: How to Repair America’s Broken Housing Systems. At this event, Schuetz, a senior fellow at Brookings Metro, will discuss the structural problems within US housing systems that contribute to widely disparate outcomes. In addition, she will offer practical—but politically challenging—policy changes than can help build a more equitable and healthy country by providing stable, decent-quality, affordable housing for all. March 18, 2022

Join city planner M. Nolan Gray and Planetizen’s editorial director James Brasuell for a conversation about zoning abolition. Gray argues that this is a necessary—if not sufficient—condition for building more affordable, vibrant, equitable, and sustainable cities. His new book is, Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It. Registrants are eligible for a discount on their copy of the book. July 21, 2022.

Blue States, You’re the Problem. Why do states with Democratic majorities fail to live up to their values? By Johnny Harris and Binyamin Appelbaum, November 9, 2021

Katherine Levine Einstein on Neighborhood Defenders 12/14/20

Why is affordable housing in such short supply? Author and political scientist Katherine Levine Einstein of Boston University talks about her book Neighborhood Defenders with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Einstein focuses on the ability of local residents to use the zoning and permit process to prevent development of housing or to reduce the amount of housing that can be built.

In April 2021, CSG and Ward3Vision hosted an event to learn about the many tools we have to make Ward 3 a more inclusive, affordable place to live. We discussed: “what is affordable housing?”, approaches and policies like federal and local subsidies, public land, missing middle housing, ADUs, public housing, land use policy, and inclusionary zoning. The event also helped the audience understand how affordable housing actually gets financed.

Meet the 81-year-old Danish architect Jan Gehl, who for more than fifty years has focused on improving the quality of urban life by helping people re-conquer the city. “If you see a city with many children and many old people using the city, the public spaces, that is sign of a good quality city.”


Placemaking on Ward 3’s Avenues: What’s in the Streetscape Toolbox?

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Learn about how to create and sustain lively places on the main streets of our community. Great neighborhoods need great streets; streets where people want to be, are safe and offer something for all ages, interests and needs. Hear about how to make streets that are comfortable, interesting, useful and inviting, and what models we might learn from.

Speakers: Matthew Bell FAIA, Principal – Perkins Eastman- Washington, DC
Professor – University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Robert Peck, Gensler Architects, former Commissioner of Public Buildings, GSA, former President, DC Preservation League; Erkin Ozberk, Neighborhood Planner, Wards 4 and 3, DC Office of Planning; Leigh Catherine Miles, Tenleytown Main Street.

Co-sponsored by Ward 3 Vision and Coalition for Smarter Growth.

The Street: An Urban Ecology, TEDx talk by Dr. Vikas Mehta

TEDx talk by urbanist professor Vikas Mehta on the organized complexity of the city street and why we should get back to it.

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Streetfilms: Ghent – The Innovative Way Ghent Removed Cars From The City, December 2019.

“Witness the transformation of Ghent, Belgium, who instituted the Traffic Circulation Plan in April 2017, which completely changed the way nearly every resident gets around the city and has inspired unheard of mode shifts. It encourages less car use, more bicycling and more transit use by splitting the city into seven distinct zones: a mostly car-free city center core surrounded by six zones which have been cordoned off with concrete or controlled by cameras. The only way to reach them is to travel to the ring road on the city outskirts, thus making it not impossible to use a car but motivates those shorter trips to be done via human power or mass transit. Bike mode share in 2012 was 22%, now it is 35% and growing!”


Streetfilms: Utrecht – Planning for People & Bikes, Not for Cars, June 2019.

“Though already a very good city for bicycling, in recent years Utrecht has decided to go a step further and reduce the number of cars in the city’s center. How? Eliminating roadways, reaching nearly 33K bike parking spots downtown, making transition to get to the train easier and safer for people bicycling in their new bike parking facility and hosts of other ways. See it all here. I guarantee you if you live in a city that doesn’t have good bike planning or infrastructure this film will equally inspire and depress you!


PBS News Hour: How Minneapolis became the first to end single-family zoning  (Nov 2019)

To help address a housing shortage, Minneapolis became the first large American city to end single-family zoning, the rules that restrict certain neighborhoods to single-family homes. Now, buildings with up to three units can be built on any residential lot. Leaders hope this, and other plans, will add new units, create density and remedy segregation.

Peter Calthorpe TED Talk: Calthorpe, the father of “transit oriented development,” shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.

Alex Steffen TED Talk:  Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need — while reducing the time we spend in cars.

Jeff Speck TED Talk (1): Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car — which he calls “a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device” — by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.

Jeff Speck TED Talk (2): Speck shares his “general theory of walkability” — four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.

Janette Sadik-Khan TED Talk: Former NYC Transportation Commissioner talks about quick delivery, low cost experimentation to rethink the streets of New York City into more people-friendly places.

Vox: The High Cost of Free Parking featuring parking guru Donald Shoup


Dan Durden TEDx Talk: Burden presents the case for creating communities that are centered on people and not cars. He identifies the benefits to the community in terms of both vitality and economic well-being.


James Howard Kunstler TED Talk: In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.

Video on Jane Jacobs, the 20th Century’s premier urbanist warrior against mid-century city planners like Robert Moses.


And another great Jane Jacobs video, excerpted from the Ken Burns series on NYC.