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Parking and the City

Donald Shoup is Distinguished Research Professor from the University of California, Los Angeles, whose 2005 book, The High Cost of Free Parking, is one the most influential pieces of planning scholarship from the 21st century. In the lecture presented here, Shoup presents many of the key ideas and clever phrases from the original book and a more recent follow up, with case studies updated for a contemporary landscape that includes complications like Uber and electric scooters.

63 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A
SACPLAN CPD
Free

Incremental Code Reform: Enabling Better Places

The Congress for the New Urbanism’s Project for Code Reform streamlines the zoning code reform process by providing local governments with place-specific incremental zoning code changes that address the most problematic barriers first, build political will, and ultimately create more walkable, prosperous, and equitable places.

59 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A
SACPLAN CPD
Free

The Future of Cities After COVID-19

This virtual panel discussion focuses on the potential for the COVID-19 pandemic to influence the development, demographic, and environmental trends of the future. Speakers: Allison Arieff, William Fulton, Scott Frazier, and Mariela Alfonzo. Moderator: James Brasuell.

57 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A
SACPLAN CPD
Free

How to Speak

In developing the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, urban planners should follow a series of simple rules, guidelines, and heuristics. In this course, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Patrick Winston shares what urban planners need to know to improve their communication skills.

65 Mins
AICP CM
Free

Introduction to the UrbanSim Cloud Platform

At the end of this course, participants will be acquainted with the UrbanSim forecasting methodology, understanding the features available in the UrbanSim Cloud Platform and the basics of an UrbanSim model at the Census block level.

51 Mins
SACPLAN CPD
Free

Regional Planning Workflows in the UrbanSim Cloud Platform

This course reviews the basic land use forecasting workflows that can be completed using the UrbanSim Cloud Platform, as illustrated by a set of case studies.

57 Mins
Free

Transit Service Design 101

In this course, we will review the principles of transit service design, how resources are allocated and accounted for, and using the Remix software platform, we will design and evaluate a new transit route.

52 Mins
AICP CM
SACPLAN CPD
Free

Legal Issues in Sign Codes

This course provides basic knowledge of the legal issues involved in sign codes, focusing on constitutionally-compliant sign codes in the aftermath of U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Reed v Town of Gilbert

59 Mins
AICP CM
Free

Regulating Electronic Message Centers

This course provides practical, solution-focused guidance for regulations that leverage digital sign technology while protecting community aesthetic values and safety concerns. This course is available for free.

49 Mins
AICP CM
CNU-A
SACPLAN CPD
Free

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