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Good Urbanism: Making Places We Live and Love


Nan Ellin is known for helping transform undervalued urban spaces into interesting and thriving city places. Examples include Canalscape in Phoenix, and since coming to the University of Utah, the 9 Line rail to trail project, the Granary District in industrial downtown Salt Lake, and now Completing the Circle, which aims to better connect the U and surrounding neighborhoods.

goodurbancoverIn her new book, Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places, Ellin discusses the process that evolved through these and other projects to successfully ‘co-create’ new community assets by focusing on what’s right about them.

On KCPW’s “CityViews,” Jennifer Napier-Pearce has a wide-ranging discussion with Prof. Ellin about good urbanism and how to make it happen.

In addition, read more about the Salt Lake projects noted above on the website of the SLC Workshop. The workshop brings together students from the University of Utah with community partners to “collaboratively imagine ways to improve quality of life in Salt Lake City by enhancing quality of place.”

Ellin is is professor and chair of the department of city & metropolitan planning in the University of Utah’s College of Architecture + Planning, and has published and presented widely about urbanism.