Humor

April 1, 2011, 6am PDT
Rising gas prices have pushed many in L.A. to ditch their cars in favor of public transit. But the switch has been tough for some car-tethered Angelenos, so the MTA has added car racks to its buses for those not ready to leave their cars behind.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2011, 5am PDT
A brand new city in South Korea -- wired with smart grid technologies, a real-time control platform, deep sensing, simulation, and advanced analytics -- has accidentally downloaded a major computer virus.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
March 28, 2011, 11am PDT
To kick off its Legacy Plan update process, the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, NC planning board made a music video featuring an original song, a bluegrass band and some familiar scenes.
Winston-Salem Journal
Feature
March 17, 2011, 12pm PDT
Our annual list of the 10 best planning, design, and development websites represents some of the top online resources for news, information and research on the built environment.
Abhijeet Chavan
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.
YouTube
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.
myurbanist
March 4, 2011, 2pm PST
Chinese search engine company Baidu has developed an alternative to Google's (banned in China) 3D view.
Gizmodo
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.
Time
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...
NY1/You-Tube
Feature
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
Feature
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