Exclusives

Denver Region

PLANOPEDIA

What Is the Transect?

In urbanism and planning, the term transect provides a conceptual framework for understanding how the scale of built environments can vary from place to place.

August 18 - James Brasuell

Pop-Up Park

PLANOPEDIA

What Is Tactical Urbanism?

Tactical urbanism, one of the most common buzzwords in planning over the past decade, describes a variety of low-cost, incremental public realm design interventions.

June 16 - James Brasuell

"You are entering Jackson's downtown historic district" brown sign

PLANOPEDIA

What Is an Overlay District?

A zoning overlay district superimposes an additional set of regulations over an existing zoning district, or multiple zoning districts.

June 15 - Diana Ionescu

A mobile phone with a crying emoji face and the word "doomscrolling" is on a table between a tissue and a glass of wine.

FEATURE

Twitter for Planners in 2022

Twitter is changing, not in the way Elon Musk wants it to, but it’s still perhaps the most useful social media platform for planners looking for education and engagement.

June 9 - James Brasuell

A diagram of funding programs for the The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF), including clean energy, workforce training, regenerative agriculture, and innovation.

BLOG POST

Funding Urban Climate Justice

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund stands out as an example of local grassroots climate action—in this case, the kind of action that makes other climate projects and programs possible.

June 7 - Joan Fitzgerald

San Fernando Valley

PLANOPEDIA

What Is Induced Demand?

“If you build it, they will come.”

June 6 - Diana Ionescu


Racing Cars

FEATURE

Let’s End Traffic Stops

The technology to make traffic enforcement obsolete is becoming available. But in the U.S. willing to use it?

June 6 - Angie Schmitt

View of fountain and buildings in Fair Park, Dallas

BLOG POST

New Park Coming to Historic Dallas Fairgrounds

A 20-year plan to revitalize a historic Dallas fairground will bring much-needed new green space and multi-use venues to Fair Park.

June 1 - Diana Ionescu


A row of multistory, brick buildings in a small U.S. city, with retail uses on the ground floor and apartments above.

PLANOPEDIA

What Is Incremental Planning?

The concept of incrementalism can be applied to numerous fields and disciplines—one of which is planning. In the field of planning, the word incremental is usually used as an adjective to describe other planning words, such as code reform and development.

May 31 - James Brasuell

The historic Pearl District in San Antonio is pictured on a beautiful dat.

BLOG POST

The Pandemic Population Picture Comes Into Focus

Big U.S. cities lost population as the pandemic loitered into its second year. Suburban cities in Idaho, Arizona, Texas, and Florida grew the fastest during that time.

May 29 - James Brasuell

Public Comment

PLANOPEDIA

What Is a Planning Commission?

Planning commissions fill an influential advisory role in planning processes, maintaining citizen oversight of government planning powers and also providing a public forum for debate about the future of communities.

May 24 - James Brasuell

People gather on a street with no cars during the L.E.A.F. Festival of Flowers in the Meatpacking District of New York City.

FEATURE

‘Togetherness’ as a Synonym for ‘Transportation’

Transportation is a fundamental aspect of community cohesion, and should be considered a synonym for togetherness.

May 23 - William Riggs

A conceptual rendering of three high-speed rail trains. The middle train is orange; the other two are black.

FEATURE

The California High-Speed Rail Project Illustrates America’s Transit Issues

Slow progress and a bloated budget have plagued the High-Speed Rail project linking San Francisco to Los Angeles, exposing deeper issues with American transit projects.

May 22 - Eric Carlson

Multi-Family Development

BLOG POST

Density and Driving: A Second Look

A common argument against more compact housing is that increased population density will only reduce vehicle miles traveled at moderate levels of density, as opposed to very low-density and very high-density areas. But this might not be so.

May 22 - Michael Lewyn

Parent and child walking, holding hands on mixed-use trail with trees

BLOG POST

What Role Does Health Care Play in Community Development?

Cities are economically diverse and require accessible health care systems, but this can be challenging to implement. Urban developers are working alongside health professionals to create affordable care for city residents.

May 18 - Devin Partida

Woman in wheelchair using outdoor accessibility ramp with people walking in background

BLOG POST

Urban Villages for People with Disabilities

Compact, multimodal urban villages can provide independent mobility for people with disabilities (PWD), ensuring that everybody can enjoy freedom, opportunity, and romance.

May 15 - Todd Litman

Chicago Commute

FEATURE

Planning for Congestion Relief

The third and final installment of Planetizen's examination of the role of the planning profession in both perpetuating and solving traffic congestion.

May 12 - James Brasuell

hand holding house key with house-shaped keychain and house in background

PLANOPEDIA

What Is Supportive Housing?

Supportive housing combines affordable housing with social services providers to help people experiencing homelessness, disability, or other hardships transition to permanent housing.

May 11 - Diana Ionescu

A group of young men and boys gather under water dripping from a water pipe in India.

BLOG POST

The Climate Story You Might Have Missed

Surface temperatures reached 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) in India and Pakistan at the end of April. Wet bulb temperature, the point at which the human body can no longer cool itself by sweating, is 35 degrees Celsius.

May 8 - James Brasuell

A pair of crash test dummies in a car after a crash with air bags deployed.

FEATURE

Acceptable Deaths

What can we learn from our Covid response?

May 5 - Angie Schmitt

Economic Impacts of Climate Change

BLOG POST

RAISE Proposals Are in; What Will it Mean for Climate Change?

The deadline for the first discretionary program to accept applications since the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law was April 14, marking the day as one of the most consequential in America’s response to climate change.

May 5 - Robert Fischer

Assistant or Associate Professor of Urban Design

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Professor of Urban Planning

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Professor of Urban Design and/or Urban Planning

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

New Cityscape Explores Methods of Measuring Blight

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

2022 National Cohousing Conference

Cohousing Association of the US

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.