Justin Hollander, Ph.D., AICP    


Professor Hollander has almost a decade of experience as a practitioner in land use and environmental planning at the local, regional, and federal levels, most recently for the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration as a Presidential Management Fellow. You can view a portfolio of urban planning and design projects he has led, working with Tufts students. You can hear Prof. Hollander's thoughts about cities, planning, and the human brain on his podcast "Cognitive Urbanism".


He has a Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. While at Rutgers, Dr. Hollander conducted research at the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment. Professor Hollander's graduate studies were partially supported through fellowships from the Urban Land Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Professor Hollander received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Tufts University and a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, an Advisory Board Member of the Vacant Property Research Network, and an elected Full Member of the Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCiRN).

Media Coverage

“Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance”. 2015. Al Jazeera America. February 26, 2015 (Online news story discusses Prof. Hollander’s Cognitive Architecture book).

“Foreclosed homes test Milwaukee's creativity”. 2015. The Daily Reporter (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). February 9, 2015 (News story includes quotes from Prof. Hollander).

“Breaking free of industrial wastelands.” 2014. Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Connecticut). November 24 (Feature news story includes quotes from Prof. Hollander).

“Can Government Mine Tweets to Assess Public Opinion?” 2014. Government Technology. November 17 (Online news story profiles Prof. Hollander’s Urban Attitudes Lab).

“Could we plan our cities using Twitter?” 2014. The Guardian (UK). October 24 (Leading global newspaper reported on Prof. Hollander’s innovative use of Twitter through his Urban Attitudes Lab).

“Will Twitter Revolutionize How Cities Plan for the Future?” 2014. NextCity.org. October 21 (MacArthur Foundation-funded column, “Science of Cities” is devoted to covering Prof. Hollander’s new Urban Attitudes Lab).

“'We got the hell out': One south Macon street went down the tubes. Or did it?” 2014. The Telegraph (Macon, Georgia). Sept 24 (Featured news story includes an interview with Prof. Hollander about a declining street).

“Marin business districts face struggle to gain, retain trust of merchants.” 2014. Marin News (Marin County, California). Sept 9 (Regional news story includes quotes from Professor Hollander).

“As an alternative to demolition, Buffalo offers homes for a dollar” 2014. Los Angeles Times. August 14. (Major national news story includes a quote from Professor Hollander).

“Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets.” 2014. Evidence Matters, a publication of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Winter. (Article includes an interview with Prof. Hollander on strategies that cities use to address vacant and abandoned properties).

“Many cities opt to clear faded areas.” 2013. The New York Times. November 12. (Cover story on emerging urban planning trends includes quote from Professor Hollander).

“Top Stories with Howard Green”. Business News Network (BNN). 2013. May 17. (Professor Hollander appeared as a featured guest on the nationally televised Canadian news program to discuss urban depopulation).

“Researcher talks urban abandonment through the years in New Bedford.” 2013. Standard-Times (New Bedford, MA). February 28. (News story reports on Professor Hollander’s public lecture in New Bedford).

“To combat blight, should New Bedford be 'rightsized?' 2013. Standard-Times (New Bedford, MA). January 13. (Cover story on city’s approach to depopulation includes quotes from Professor Hollander).

“No hay manera de encoger una ciudad.” 2012. El Pais. December 30. (Article in Spain’s national newspaper explores the challenges of managing depopulation in Detroit, includes quotes from Professor Hollander).

“Richer communities get more US funds from EPA to clean up toxic brownfields.” 2012. NBC News website. September 16. (Collaborative investigation by six nonprofit newsrooms into federal and state programs designed to cleanup and redevelop brownfields resulted in an article which features an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Brownfield cleanup lags.” 2012. Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Attleboro Sun, and other regional newspapers. August 26. (Article by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University includes interview with Professor Hollander).

“Is Phoenix’s Housing Market Ready to Rebound?” 2012. Next American City. July 12. (Online news story includes quote from Professor Hollander).

“Afternoon News.” 2012. KGO-810AM (San Francisco). March 22. (Interview with Professor Hollander about his new research on federal program to rent out foreclosed homes).

“Birmingham, drafting 1st long-term plan in 50 years, seeks big ideas for smaller city.” 2012. The Birmingham News. January 15 (News story on Birmingham’s planning refers to Professor Hollander’s research on smart decline.)

“'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions?” 2011. Morning Edition, National Public Radio (NPR). December 28 (Radio program on shrinking Sunbelt refers to Professor Hollander’s work and features portions of an interview).

“The Zombie Subdivisions of the Southwest.” 2011. State of Nevada, Nevada Public Radio (KNPR). November 29 (Professor Hollander participated in discussion about smart decline and his new book with three other panelists).

“One Tough Nut: Walnut Creek is weathering the recession well.” 2011. The Registry: Bay Area Real Estate Journal. July/August (News story on San Francisco real estate market refers to Professor Hollander’s latest book).

"Housing occupancy declines, but rentals up in some spots." 2011. USA Today. July 27 (Major news story reports on Professor Hollander's research into shrinking and growing cities).

“America’s Shrinking Cities.” 2011. The Diane Rehm Show, National Public Radio (NPR). March 28 (Professor Hollander participated as one of three panelist on hour-long radio show).

“'Sunburnt' cities have a shot to control growth.” 2011. USA Today. March 8. (Cover story in Money Section based on Professor Hollander’s research in his new book Sunburnt Cities).

“Dirty Secrets Under the Schoolyard - Parents Demand New Curbs for Schools Built on Contaminated Land.” 2011. E - The Environmental Magazine. January/February (Cover story about brownfields includes an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Recession could be opportunity to reshape, improve communities.” 2011. Las Vegas Sun. January 2. (Cover news story about how Las Vegas can manage depopulation refers to Professor Hollander’s research).

"If Las Vegas is in decline, let's make the most of it." 2010. Las Vegas Sun. September 15. (Columnist bases argument for shrinking Las Vegas on Professor Hollander's forthcoming book).

“Census estimates St. Petersburg lost population from 2008 to 2009.” 2010. St. Petersburg Times. June 22. (News story on Florida depopulation includes an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Depopulation Plan Needed For Windsor To Survive.” 2010. Biz X (Detroit, MI). May. (Editorial references Professor Hollander’s research on shrinking cities).

“Like a Pigeon on a Train.” 2010. The New York Times City Room Blog. April 30. (Story references Professor Hollander’s research on security zones).

“Polluted and Dangerous: New book tracks toxic sites.” 2009. Upstate Planner. December. (Interview with Professor Hollander about his new book and its relevance to Upstate New York).

“Residents asked to share Kelley's Corner ideas.” 2009. The Beacon (Acton, MA). October 2. (Story about Professor Hollander’s Open Neighborhood Project and its debut in changing public participation processes).

‘Dit is het topje van de ijsberg’ - Hoogleraar Hollander: huisuitzettingen VS beginnen pas (‘This is the tip of the iceberg’ - Professor Hollander: U.S. Foreclosures are just getting starting). 2009. Building Business. October. (Coverage of the foreclosure problem in the U.S. by a major Dutch business magazine prominently features an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Washington Journal”. C-SPAN. 2009. September 6. (Professor Hollander appeared as a featured guest on the national televised public affairs program to discuss his new book).

“Hollander writes the book on blight.” 2009. Westport News. July 30. (Story about Professor Hollander’s new book).

“Pete Braley Show.” 2009. WBSM-AM 1420 (New Bedford, Mass). July 17. (Interview with Professor Hollander about his new book and its relevance to New Bedford).

“Professor: Cities need help managing foreclosures, Office of Urban Affairs could help.” 2009. American City & County. May 22 < http://americancityandcounty.com> (Coverage of Professor Hollander’s research on foreclosure).

“Road to renewal. Amid old Detroit’s ruins, urban visionaries are plotting the city’s comeback.” 2009. TIME Magazine. April 6. (Coverage of spreading urban abandonment problems includes an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Study says too much of downtown is off limits.” 2008. Crain’s New York. September 11. (Coverage of Professor Hollander’s research on land use changes in Lower Manhattan).

“As resident leave, locals shrink smartly.” 2008. American City & County 123, 7:15-16. (Coverage of emerging national trend of smart decline and includes an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Construction Zone.” 2007. Tufts Magazine. Summer Issue. (Coverage of Professor Hollander’s innovative use of virtual design studio technology in his Physical Planning and Design class at Tufts).

“Students’ Design Work Exhibited in Boston.” 2007. Tufts Journal. July Issue. (Coverage of the inclusion of student’s work from Professor Hollander’s Physical Planning and Design class in city-wide celebration of architecture, planning, and design.)

“Daily News Update – A New City Hall?” 2006. WBUR: Boston’s NPR Station. December 13. (Coverage of City of Boston project includes an interview with Professor Hollander.)

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Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Tufts University
97 Talbot Ave
Medford, MA 02155 USA

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