Author: Martin Zimmerman

Martin Zimmerman writes from Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a frequent contributor to Urban Land on a range of smart growth, urban place-making and multi-modal transportation topics. His work has also appeared in the Washington Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, APA Planning, Urban Ecology, Landscape Architecture and Preservation magazines. He currently directs the Green Mobility Planning Studio USA. He can be reached at greenmobility4@gmail.com..

Articles by Martin Zimmerman

  • In Print: Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade
    Published on May 12, 2014 in Sustainability
    This book is a fascinating and entertaining account of a global industry that few people acknowledge and even fewer comprehend, and it is hard to imagine anyone with better qualifications than Adam Minter to explain how it works and assess where it is taking us.
  • Keeping an Urban Authenticity Alive: Vancouver’s Granville Island
    Published on February 05, 2014 in Planning & Design
    In the 1970s, Ron Basford, a Canadian Cabinet minister and loyal Vancouverite seized on the idea of converting Granville Island into a special place.
  • In Print: The Rules That Shape Urban Form
    Published on January 07, 2014 in Planning & Design
    This report on the tedious but highly relevant topic of zoning trends is primarily the product of lead author Donald Elliott, a nationally recognized planner and attorney. Elliott’s previous publications include two highly readable books, A Better Way to Zone and The Citizen’s Guide to Planning.
  • In Print: Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form
    Published on June 25, 2013 in Infrastructure
    In her new book, urban designer Julie Campoli judiciously weaves photography, text, and mapping to define the essential characteristics of 12 compact, low-carbon prototypes in central city locations. Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form communicates with ease on several levels for the benefit of a broad reading audience.
  • In Print: Sustainable Transportation Planning
    Published on April 19, 2013 in Infrastructure
    Jeffrey Tumlin's book Sustainable Transportation Planning attempts to grasp in shorthand form the big picture—one that integrates motor vehicles with bicycling, transit, parking, car sharing, transit-oriented design of stations, and other considerations.
  • In Print: The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City
    Published on February 27, 2013 in Market Trends
    This remarkably perceptive book, written by Alan Ehrenhalt, a former executive editor of Governing magazine, not only validates a grand diagram that has been reshaping and re­­arranging metropolitan areas from downtowns to the exurbs, but it successfully delivers the reader to an unfolding real-life scenography.
  • In Print: Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi
    Published on February 20, 2013 in Market Trends
    Authored by the cohost of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Steve Inskeep, this story is an account of his firsthand experience reporting on the daily tremors in modern-day Karachi.
  • Around the World on Two Wheels
    Published on September 12, 2012 in Infrastructure
    Bike sharing in the United States may not yet be as popular as in Europe or China, but two-wheelers are making tracks in high-cost cities.
  • In Print: The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World
    Published on June 01, 2012 in Sustainability
    Paul Gilding, former director of Greenpeace International and currently an environmental consultant based in his home country, Australia, has been at the forefront of global environmental activism for more than four decades. Gilding’s intel­lectual foundation rests largely on such seminal findings as those in the 1972 book Limits to Growth: A Report to the Club of Rome, which is generally heralded as the most scientifically rigorous environmental treatise of its era.
  • Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World
    Published on October 12, 2011 in Sustainability
    Veteran British journalist Doug Saunders, in his thought-provoking, painstakingly researched, and gripping book Arrival City, examines the receptor communities for those fleeing the crushing subsistence of a farm economy, which are stereotyped as dead-end zones with no prospect of change or upward mobility. Read a review of the book, and find out why Saunders believes this view of such places is wrong.
  • Proactive in Print – Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis
    Published on September 08, 2011 in Default Category
  • In Print: Jan Gehl
    Published on July 20, 2011 in Public Spaces
    Because of the continued appeal of his unfettered approach to pedestrian-based design, Copenhagen architect and urban designer Jan Gehl has become something of an international celebrity. Read reviews of two of his books, Life Between Buildings, more or less a reprint of his first text published in Danish in 1971, and Cities for People, a Planetizen top ten selection from 2010.
  • Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities
    Published on May 02, 2011 in Public Spaces
    In Urban Green, author Peter Harnick asks fundamental questions about which kinds of parks to build, how much to build, for whom to build, and where the parks should go. Read what he considers essential in order for park advocates to move “to the point where a mayor’s traditional directive to a park superintendent—‘do more with less’—is replaced with the liberating permission to ‘do more with more.’”
  • Vancouver: Going for the Green
    Published on March 01, 2010 in Infrastructure
    While the transportation component of Vancouver’s Winter Olympics is being watched closely by planners of the 2012 summer Olympics in London, Vancouverites saw the event also as an opportunity to reframe the city’s long-range transport picture, particularly in the context of a greener future.