March 16, 2011, 12pm PDT
An enterprising couple from Los Angeles turned an RV into a mode of public transportation for the party-going crowd. Recent partnerships with Foursquare and Walt Disney Imagineering have made the RV a popular way to get around Tinseltown.
GOOD Magazine
March 15, 2011, 8am PDT
A design student from the Royal College of Art, London raises the question of whether urban design can be used to bridge the gap between humans and animals which share urban environments.
GOOD Magazine
March 11, 2011, 2pm PST
Enjoy this detailed demonstration of Detroit's Light Rail Proposal, using rap and LEGOs to communicate the message that light rail in the center of the road is better than then on the sides.
March 11, 2011, 1pm PST
Selling high-speed rail to the American public has just gotten a whole lot easier with the assistance from the brilliant minds at "Mad Men."
GOOD Magazine
March 7, 2011, 7am PST
Chuck Wolfe suggests five "Burnhamisms" for getting communities inspired and engaged with urban planning, including using social media and video to communicate your message.
March 4, 2011, 2pm PST
Chinese search engine company Baidu has developed an alternative to Google's (banned in China) 3D view.
February 25, 2011, 2pm PST
While Philadelphia has a real-life statue of the famous underdog Rocky Balboa, an online campaign in Detroit wants a similar RoboCop statue put up. TIME Magazine has other must-have icons from the 80s era it thinks cities should adopt in stone.
February 18, 2011, 11am PST
Yuri Artibise is an expert on infographics and has chosen his favorite ones on cities.
Sustainable Cities Collective
February 16, 2011, 12pm PST
Daniella Fergusson believes that a case in Raleigh, North Carolina proves that some agencies use the professionalization of planning to promote "pay to play" policies.
Planning Pool
January 18, 2011, 12pm PST
No, this is not a video of Petula Clark, but do take her message to heart. Rats are not just on the subway tracks - occasionally they hop a ride too, so riders beware - stay awake! Caught on tape...
January 13, 2011, 10am PST

Over the course of the year, the editors of Planetizen review and post summaries of hundreds of articles, reports, books, studies, and editorials related to planning and urban development.

Tim Halbur
January 11, 2011, 8am PST
The plot of a new Muppets movie in the works is said to focus largely around historic preservation issues, according to this post from <em>Curbed LA</em>.
Curbed LA
Blog post
December 21, 2010, 5pm PST

Once upon a time there was a transportation planner driving thru the sunbelt.  He pulled into a truck stop and while fueling his vehicle he noticed a couple of workers working on the shoulder down the road.  One man appeared to be digging holes about three feet across and three feet deep along the side of the road. 

Steven Polzin
November 22, 2010, 9am PST
Planetizen is pleased to release its ninth annual list of the ten best books in urban planning, design and development published in 2010. This year's selection includes some big names, some big ideas -- and a book called "Toilet."
Abhijeet Chavan
November 19, 2010, 2pm PST
The Onion reports on how President Obama's ambitious high-speed rail agenda is being replaced with a plan for high-speed buses that will use existing roads and be outfitted for a fraction of the cost of trains [Video].
The Onion
November 3, 2010, 1pm PDT
For Halloween, a group of designers from Steven Holl turned their favorite architects into jack-o-lanterns.
The New York Observer
September 22, 2010, 2pm PDT
Travel + Leisure magazine confuses suburbs with small cities in a recent article called "Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit." The New Urban Network shows how they got it wrong.
New Urban Network
August 13, 2010, 2pm PDT
The satirical newspaper The Onion reports on how the safe transfer of millions of barrels of oil into the energy infrastructure of the United States will result in environmental calamity.
The Onion
Blog post
July 25, 2010, 3pm PDT

Few children’s books skillfully cover the subject of urban planning. Chicago's Wacker Manual for the Plan of Chicago (1911), David Macaulay’s lavishly illustrated City:A Story of Roman Planning and Construction (1974), and most recently, Planetizen's Where Things Are, From Near to Far (2008) are standouts.


Mike Lydon
July 20, 2010, 10am PDT
"Vigilant old ladies: another good example of the value of neighborhood social capital (and urban living)."