Josh Stephens has covered planning, land use and architecture as an editor and freelance journalist for the better part of a decade. He is the editor of the California Planning & Development Report, and previously served as editor of The Planning Report and Metro Investment Report, monthly newsletters covering, respectively, land use and infrastructure in the Los Angeles region. Stephens has contributed writing to Sierra Magazine, InTransition and Planning Magazine, as well as Next American City. He also writes for Planetizen’s Interchange blog and serves on the editorial board of The Planning Report. Stephens holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University and is a candidate for a master’s in public policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Josh’s interest in urbanism is the result of an abiding, lifelong love-hate relationship with his native Los Angeles.
The Southwest Bets on Interstate 11
- Learn about a new superhighway project that could transform the Southwest into an economic powerhouse, but not without an environmental cost.
- Read about the challenges of implementing forward-thinking transportation policy in today's political climate.
- Find out the economic and demographic trends underway in the Southwest.
The End of the Nation’s Largest Redevelopment Program
- California pioneered a model for financing revitalization of urban neighborhoods. Now that model is kaput. What comes next?
- In 2011, an astounding 12 percent of total property tax receipts statewide were captured by cities through Tax Increment Financing arrangements. Explore those results in California.
- Other states have tinkered with California's TIF model. Read about these alternative approaches.