December 25, 2015, 5am PST
Make a note of these places for tomorrow when you realize Christmas is 364 days away.
December 13, 2015, 1pm PST
The third annual edition of holiday gift ideas for that "plannerd" in your life. This year, rather than listing gift ideas, L.A. County Planner Clement Lau describes various sources for buying gifts for urban planners and designers.
December 25, 2014, 11am PST
All those toys under the Christmas tree came from somewhere.
December 22, 2014, 2pm PST
For those searching for gifts for the "plannerds" in their life, Los Angeles County planner Clement Lau comes through with some ideas sure to bring good tidings.
December 25, 2013, 1pm PST
On this winter holiday, it's important to remind each other of the overlooked victims of global warming: the world's snowmen and snowwomen. Read this classic, but no less relevant, story from the satirical newspaper The Onion.
December 25, 2013, 11am PST
Australia probably isn't the first place that comes to mind when thinking of sleigh rides, reindeer, and winter wonderlands. But according to Guinness World Records, no place can beat one couple's Canberra home for holiday revelry.
December 25, 2013, 9am PST
During the holiday season, cities go to great lengths to turn their streets, homes and businesses into festive places. But underneath the streets, subways tend to look to same day in and day out. French artists have brought the holidays underground.
December 25, 2013, 7am PST
Medellín's spectacular holiday lights display draws thousands of tourists to Colombia's second-largest city every year. Few visitors are likely to realize that the energy intensive displays are carbon neutral.
December 25, 2013, 5am PST
Concerned that a proposed highway from the Alftanes peninsula to the Reykjavik suburbs will disturb Icelandic elf habitat, an elf lobbying group is joining forces with environmentalists to try to stop the project.
November 28, 2013, 1pm PST
Now that pesky Thanksgiving Day is nearly over, we can merrily move on to the true focus of the holiday season: Christmas. And what better way to kick off the march to December 25th than to visit the world's largest gingerbread village.
December 25, 2012, 9am PST
Santa is sounding the alarm: "Christmas is in jeopardy.” What's making St. Nick a little less jolly this year? New analysis shows that suburban development patterns are driving up costs at the North Pole, say Paul Knight and Kevin Clark.
December 23, 2011, 2pm PST
The planners at Hogle-Ireland have developed a handy set of Holiday Design Guidelines, including Minimum Chimney Access Requirements and Sleigh Parking and Access Standards.
December 20, 2011, 2pm PST
Leon Neyfakh of The Boston Globe examines the unexpectedly cohesive political roots of the controversial civic symbol.
December 12, 2011, 8am PST
Robert David Sullivan writes that the Main Street America department store is a holiday tradition, a grand public crossroads for celebrating the season.
December 25, 2010, 1pm PST
Downtown Elizabethtown, North Carolina is in the middle of a huge redevelopment project, and customers were avoiding the mess causing a blue Christmas for shopowners. City Hall stepped in and put a hold on revitalization, and Santa is back in town.
December 25, 2009, 11am PST
For 21 years this urban St. Nick has been delighting visitors to the South Street Seaport in New York.
December 23, 2009, 5pm PST
A friend of mine who's a biophysicist popped in to see me the other day. He was all excited and showed me his “patent pending” letter for his newest invention.
December 4, 2008, 9am PST
Around the country, cities have been forced to scrimp by cutting back on holiday-themed light displays.
November 28, 2008, 1pm PST
Lionel is offering its first ever model subway set, recreating the New York subway system complete with station announcements and subway sounds.
November 11, 2008, 10am PST
Cities facing budget cuts are cutting back on Christmas decorations and events. Has the Grinch stolen Christmas?