Urban Planning is Not Boring

Passionate about climate change mitigation, finding equitable solutions to the housing crisis, and more, Sam Ellman and Natalie Ikhrata dive into various topics related to the field of urban planning that are anything but boring!

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September 05, 2022 00:45:53
Applying to Grad School? We got you.

Applying to Grad School? We got you.

Are you considering applying to grad school? Have you ever wondered what the process to apply to grad school is like? Look no further! Natalie and Sam answer your questions about the grad school application process. We cover everything from the letter of rec process to how to make your application stand out! We hope you enjoy!  For more information about Water Drop LA, please find their website here. To donate to Water Drop LA, click here. Stay connected!  Follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and TikTok! Join our Slack workspace. ...

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August 29, 2022 00:46:16
The Math is Mathing: Pro-Forma Analysis with Ben Feingold

The Math is Mathing: Pro-Forma Analysis with Ben Feingold

Sam and Natalie are joined by industry professional and amazing USC adjunct Professor, Ben Feingold. What are pro-formas? Why are they used in development projects? Ben Feingold takes us through the financial analysis behind various project types and gives his own perspective on what makes a project so successful.  Listen to learn more!  ...

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August 22, 2022 00:55:11
A Heated Book Club - Color of Law Pt 1

A Heated Book Club - Color of Law Pt 1

In this episode, Nat and Sam discuss the first four chapters of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein...and it gets a bit heated.  ...

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August 15, 2022 00:44:48
Grad School Survival Guide

Grad School Survival Guide

In this episode, Nat and Sam go through some of their biggest tips for starting grad school! From finding your favorite study spots to being intentional, we chat about tips specific to beginning a Master of Urban Planning and any graduate program, more generally.    If you have comments, questions, thoughts, etc. about our first book club book The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] ...

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August 08, 2022 00:58:56
Dear Zoning, You Suck

Dear Zoning, You Suck

We often associate historical discussions with the past which leads us to believe there are no impacts on the present. Sam and Natalie explain exactly why not everything historical is left in the past. The co-hosts dive into the history of zoning ordinances, exclusionary zoning, redlining, and unpack how these practices continue to impact folks today. Listen to get the full story!   Urban Planning is Not Boring announces our BOOK CLUB! We are SO excited to launch our book club, and the first book that we will be reading is “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein. We invite you all to join us in reading this book; we will be reading Chapters 1 through 4 and discussing this first section in our episode that we will release August 22. If you have any comments, questions, observations, etc. from the book, we encourage you to DM us on Instagram @urbanplanningisnotboring or email us at [email protected] by August 19! We would love to chat about any listener comments/questions.   To listen to the NPR Code Switch video: Housing Segregation and Redlining in America: A Short History   To rent free ebooks and audiobooks with your library card, download the Libby App!    Other Sources: A Brief History of American Zoning Understanding Exclusionary Zoning and Its Impact on Concentrated Poverty For more information: Down-Zoning and Exclusionary Zoning in California Law America’s racist housing rules really can be fixed Effective Zoning Reform Isn’t ...

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August 01, 2022 00:40:56
Zoning, RHNA, SB9…oh my!

Zoning, RHNA, SB9…oh my!

Welcome back to Urban Planning is Not Boring! In this episode, we cover a topic that was requested via our Instagram Stories: Zoning. We begin by defining what zoning is, what is taken into consideration within zoning codes, and discuss how the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) and California Senate Bill 9 (SB9) relate to zoning.    EDITS:   The court case brought up in the beginning of the episode is Village of Euclid vs Ambler Realty Company.   RHNA is currently on the 6th cycle, not the 8th.    Sources:   Abundant Housing LA’s Updated Guide to Zoning in Los Angeles    LA City Planning Zoning Overview    SCAG RHNA   Senate Bill 9: Senate Housing Package    Understanding the Zoning Code in the City of Los Angeles, Crest Real Estate ...

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