A screengrab of the Caharlotte Future virtual open house.
Top Websites for Urban Planning – 2021

October 25 - James Brasuell

Atlanta
Widespread Neighborhood Opposition to Atlanta's Comprehensive Development Plan

A generational comprehensive planning effort hangs in the balance in the city of Atlanta.

October 24 - SaportaReport

An aerial image of the neighborhood of Buckman in Portland, Oregon.
Homeowner Groups Find an Antidote to Zoning Reforms: National Register Historic Districts

Many neighborhoods are moving to create historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places in response to the growing number of states, cities, and neighborhoods loosening single-family residential zones.

October 22 - Sightline Institute

Soldier Field

Phase 1 Revealed for $20 Billion Chicago Megaproject

Plans for One Central, a proposed megadevelopment that would add 22.3 million square feet of buildings to the city of Chicago, are taking shape.

October 19 - Chicago Tribune

GIS Mobile App

Survey: What Mobile Apps Are Most Useful for Planning in 2021?

Planetizen is requesting your input in creating the definitive list of mobile apps for professional, student, academic, or citizen planners—updated for a planning profession forever altered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

October 18 - Planetizen

The city of Duluth, Minnesota, pictured from Lake Superior.

Welcoming the First Climate Migrants to Duluth, and Preparing for More

While the data still shows many Americans moving toward climate risk, an increasing number have noted the obvious effects of climate change and decided to move toward fresh water and milder climates.

October 20 - MPR News

Single-Family Housing Development

Single-Family Zoning Reform Only a Start

Opinion: To undo the consequences (intended or not) of a built environment dominated by single-family zoning, more than just a few three-plexes and accessory dwelling units will be required.

October 17 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Bike Commuter

Breaking Down the Federal Bike Commuter Benefit

The flexible credit is meant to support a variety of bike-related expenses, including bike share memberships.

October 15 - Streetsblog USA

Climate Change

Visualizing the Effects of Sea Level Rise on U.S. Cities

A report from Climate Central calls for urgent action, illustrating the potential devastating impact of even a small rise in global temperature on the coastline of major cities.

October 19 - Yahoo News

New Zealand parliament

New Zealand Lawmakers Propose Countrywide 'Medium Density Residential Standards'

The country of New Zealand could take the drastic step of implementing planning reforms that allow more dense residential developments throughout the country.

October 20 - Stuff

Germany

How Global Cities Are Working to Electrify Transit

With the transportation sector accounting for a third of urban carbon emissions, cities around the world are seeking new ways to electrify their transit fleets and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

October 18 - The New York Times

Highway 520

New Tool Calculates Induced Demand Caused by Road Widening Projects

The calculator can help transportation advocates and agencies project how many additional miles and emissions a highway widening project would create.

October 22 - Streetsblog USA

New York Subway Coronavirus

Zoning for Transit Accessibility

Using zoning codes to improve accessibility to public transit facilities is a new, but well overdue, idea.

October 21 - Intelligent Transport

New Zealand parliament

New Zealand Lawmakers Propose Countrywide 'Medium Density Residential Standards'

The country of New Zealand could take the drastic step of implementing planning reforms that allow more dense residential developments throughout the country.

October 20 - Stuff

Single-Family Housing Development

Single-Family Zoning Reform Only a Start

Opinion: To undo the consequences (intended or not) of a built environment dominated by single-family zoning, more than just a few three-plexes and accessory dwelling units will be required.

October 17 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Boston

Boston Introduces 'Maximum Parking Ratios' for Large Buildings

Large buildings with uses of all kinds will be subject to Boston's new "Maximum Parking Ratios."

October 14 - Streetsblog Mass

A Black LIves Matter Protest, with a protestor holding up a sign that reads "Open Your Eyes: Systemic Racism Is Real"

Planning Directors Commit to Change on Racial Inequities

Planning directors around the country have acknowledged the historic role of the planning profession in furthering the causes of racial discrimination and have publicly committed to change that history.

October 13 - Next City

New York Subway Coronavirus

Zoning for Transit Accessibility

Using zoning codes to improve accessibility to public transit facilities is a new, but well overdue, idea.

October 21 - Intelligent Transport

New Zealand parliament

New Zealand Lawmakers Propose Countrywide 'Medium Density Residential Standards'

The country of New Zealand could take the drastic step of implementing planning reforms that allow more dense residential developments throughout the country.

October 20 - Stuff

Single-Family Housing Development

Single-Family Zoning Reform Only a Start

Opinion: To undo the consequences (intended or not) of a built environment dominated by single-family zoning, more than just a few three-plexes and accessory dwelling units will be required.

October 17 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Boston

Boston Introduces 'Maximum Parking Ratios' for Large Buildings

Large buildings with uses of all kinds will be subject to Boston's new "Maximum Parking Ratios."

October 14 - Streetsblog Mass

A Black LIves Matter Protest, with a protestor holding up a sign that reads "Open Your Eyes: Systemic Racism Is Real"

Planning Directors Commit to Change on Racial Inequities

Planning directors around the country have acknowledged the historic role of the planning profession in furthering the causes of racial discrimination and have publicly committed to change that history.

October 13 - Next City

History of City Planning

This series of courses surveys the history of city planning and explores key movements, moments, and theories from ancient times to modern day.

 

Instructor: Jason Luger

 

 

View Courses

Hands typing on a computer
Working From Home for Planners

Instructor: Andy Boenau

Cars on a highway producing emissions
Transportation Planning

Instructor: Richard Willson

City with lights connected to illustrate the internet of things
Introduction to Smart Cities

Instructor: Amir Hajrasouliha

Planetizen AICP Exam Preparation Class

Planetizen AICP Exam Preparation Class

93% of students who took AICP Exam Preparation Class passed the exam and became AICP certified.

Courses for AICP Credit

Browse Courses Available for AICP Credit

Planetizen Courses provides an easy way for AICP certified planners to earn CM credits.

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Apps

Planning apps for a brave new world.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.


Planetizen Schools Directory

Search the definitive online directory of academic programs in urban planning and related fields.

View Directory

Cover of Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs

Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs

The Guide is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.

Learn More