It’s cool and all that journalism is “the first draft of history.” Sometimes it would be cooler if the history wasn’t quite so overbearing as it was last year. I can’t complain too much, though. 2021 provided …
CapRadio Podcast: How Racism Has Shaped Interstate Highways
Josh spoke with Sacramento’s CapRadio about the nearly 30 cities nationwide that are currently discussing some form of highway removal and restoration; we learn more about how racism has shaped interstate highways.
Voice of S.D. Podcast: Housing Is Everything for California’s Big Cities
Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Keatts interviews journalist Josh Stephens about his book “The Urban Mystique” and some of the most pressing California housing issues.
Podcast: L.A. Planner-Councilmember Nithya Raman
In November, Nithya Raman became only the second trained urban planner to be elected to the Los Angeles city council. CP&DR spoke with Raman about how planning influences her political agenda
Highlights of my writing from 2020 in CP&DR, Planetizen, Common Edge, and more…
Podcast: Top Planning Stories of 2020
In our final podcast of 2020, Bill and Josh discuss CP&DR’s most popular stories of the year, including the impact of the COVID pandemic on cities and planning’s responses to the year’s social justice movements.
Talking Headways Podcast Episode 291: The Urban Mystique Part 1
This week we’re joined by Josh Stephens, Contributing Editor to the California Planning and Development Report about his new book The Urban Mystique. We had a long conversation about LA, the availability of bars, opposition urban commentators, and historic propositions that might need an update to stay connected to the times.
Not until the first week of December or so did I realize that the change of the year also ushered in a change of decade. My ignorance must have been due to equal parts denial …
For all the tumult that 2018 brought, the world remains an interesting place. I was glad to write about a few corners of it, and I am pleased to present a few of my highlights, …
As usual, the bulk of my work appeared in the California Planning & Development Report, where we covered a tremendously interesting year in land use, often focusing on the need for housing and the many forces that frustrate its development. I was delighted to again contribute to Planetizen, Next City, Boom, and — new this year — Common Edge.
Everyone who pays rent in California knows that the housing crisis truly came to fruition this year. It influenced nearly every story I wrote. Very close to home, we opened a Phase 2 of the …
I haven’t kept precise count, but 2015 may have been my most prolific year yet in over 10 years as a journalist. I’m back at the California Planning & Development Report and have been delighted …
Theater Review: Urban Planning Takes Center Stage in ‘If/Then’
As the central character in the Broadway musical “If/Then,” currently on a national tour that begins in California, Elizabeth Vaughan may be the most famous urban planner in the country.
New Stop Signs Bring Bundy Traffic to a Halt
Without any public notification, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation installed two new stop signs on Bundy at Mayfield Avenue to create a four-way stop–and, at times, a serious traffic jam.
More Casualties in California’s War over Public Money
Guest on KCRW’s “Which Way, L.A.,” May 31, 2012, discussing the abolition of redevelopment agencies.