Humor

July 29, 2011, 6am PDT
In the opening monologue of The Colbert Report, late-night comic Stephen Colbert mocks what appears to be another installment of "The Value of Zero" campaign for the all-electric, zero-emissions Nissan Leaf.
AutoBlog
July 23, 2011, 7am PDT
An interview with REBAR design collective, creators of PARK(ing) Day, about using humor and absurdity to advance ideas for improving cities.
Next American City
July 16, 2011, 5am PDT
Sprawl is so last season. GQ ranks the "most sartorially-challenged metropolises in the greater United States" based solely on the five-letter S-word rarely mentioned in planning: Style.
GQ
July 7, 2011, 1pm PDT
A post at <em>Fast Company</em> describes the House in the Outskirts of Brussels as business in front and a party in back. (SEE IMAGES).
Fast Company
June 17, 2011, 2pm PDT
DJDave, aka David Wittman, spoofs L.A. culture and the politics of the parking lot in this clever video.
YouTube
June 13, 2011, 11am PDT
New York City cyclist Casey Neistat got ticketed $50 by the NYC police for riding outside the bike lane - which may in fact not be illegal, but tell the officer and judge that.
You Tube
June 10, 2011, 2pm PDT
A new book by researcher Antoine Buéno looks at the cartoon and comic book characters the Smurfs as an example of a totalitarian regime with utopian goals.
Der Spiegel
May 30, 2011, 7am PDT
The NY Times sent an investigative reporter to Bryant Park to test the new city regulation banning smoking in parks and finds non-smoking park-goers incredibly tolerant toward smoking violations while smokers appear compliant with the regulation.
The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
May 27, 2011, 2pm PDT
Cartoonist Emily says that urban planners are "some of the sexiest, smartest, wittiest individuals you'll ever meet," and offers these tips for sly pickup lines that can't miss with the planning crowd.
May 9, 2011, 9am PDT
A group of urban designers and architects descends on the ur-suburbia of Levittown. Alison Arieff writes that the urban academics doodled in the margins rather than serious tackle the issues raised by the suburban way of life.
The New York Times
Blog post
May 4, 2011, 1pm PDT

By all logic, the comic strip character Dagwood should be fat, sick and impoverished due to his gluttonous eating, sedentary habits, and automobile-dependent lifestyle. Blondie should worry about his high blood pressure and clogged arteries, and the Bumsteads should struggle to bear rising automobile expenses. Yet they are all thin, healthy and financially secure, protected from all consequences of indulgent consumerism.

 

Todd Litman
April 8, 2011, 2pm PDT
Comedian Mark Malkoff set out to demonstrate the state of public bus transit in NYC by racing a city bus while riding a child's tricycle.
Streets Blog
April 1, 2011, 2pm PDT
Building permits have surprisingly picked up in the city of Townsville, Indiana, forcing the city's planning department to replace its automated telephone response system with an actual human staffer.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2011, 1pm PDT
Bicyclists and drivers in New York City have been at each others' throat in recent months as the city installs new bike lanes throughout the city. After many bitter words, the former foes have joined forces against a new enemy: people on foot.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2011, 12pm PDT
As state officials turn down or return federal money intended for high speed rail projects, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood used this seemingly unwanted funding to throw an epic party in Las Vegas.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2011, 11am PDT
Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has released a new flavor inspired by New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2011, 10am PDT
After months of debate over which ideology should guide the future of cities and urban development, New Urbanists and Landscape Urbanists at Harvard University are planning to settle the argument with a fistfight.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2011, 9am PDT
With the recent announcement that Detroit's population has declined nearly 25% over the last decade, the city has hired a public relations specialist who promptly denied any problems in the city, arguing that it is simply on a "people diet".
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2011, 8am PDT
Officials in Portland are accusing nearby Vancouver, British Columbia of bribing judges to buy their first place spot in a recent top ten list of the world's most livable cities.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2011, 7am PDT
Nine months after a horrendous traffic jam clogged a Chinese roadway for 62 miles outside Beijing for 9 whole days, area hospitals have seen a fivefold increase in births.
Planetizen April 1st Edition