Blogs

How to generate ideas in planning is a question that many planning students ask. This can seem a mysterious and difficult process. Unfortunately, planning education has not always done a great job of helping students unpack this apparent mystery. Blog Post
Apr 6, 2015   By Ann Forsyth
Many smartphone users have a fitness app that they use to track their routes and progress on fitness goals. The data in these apps is a gold mine for planners, helping lead to better infrastructure investments. Blog Post
Apr 3, 2015   By Jennifer Evans-Cowley
National tables from the 2013 American Household Survey (AHS) are now public. Blog Post
Mar 31, 2015   By Michael Lewyn
Ever wonder how you could create your own mobile app. This blog post shares tools that make it possible for planners to create apps, along with an example of Chip-In, an app focused on harnessing volunteer resources in communities. Blog Post
Mar 28, 2015   By Jennifer Evans-Cowley
The recent example of a dramatic rent increase in San Francisco may be less about loopholes in current housing laws and more about failing to consider all the implications of rushed legislation. Blog Post
Mar 24, 2015   By Reuben Duarte
The first in a new series by Planetizen: "Ask the Ethicist," featuring the advice of our resident expert: Carol D. Barrett, FAICP, author of "Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners." Blog Post
Mar 24, 2015   By Carol Barrett
Planners can do a better job communicating the benefits of high quality public transit and transit-oriented development. We can learn from marketing professionals—it's time to channel Don Draper. Blog Post
Mar 19, 2015   By Todd Litman
A new article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research tests whether Jacob’s ideas ring true for predicting pedestrian vitality in Seoul. Blog Post
Mar 18, 2015   By JPER
In her article, "What Champions of Urban Density Get Wrong," the Philadelphia Inquirer's Inga Saffron critiques attempts to increase urban population. This post responds to her work. Blog Post
Mar 17, 2015   By Michael Lewyn
Metro Vancouver is about to vote on a historic Transportation and Transit Plan, and an associated sales tax increase to pay for it. Will the citizens of this model transit Metro vote against a transit-friendly future? Canadian urbanists weigh in. Blog Post
Mar 14, 2015   By Brent Toderian