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Two people on bikes on a riverbank trail in Melbourne, Australia with city skyline in background

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WTPP June Issue Spotlights Livable Cities, Essential Transportation Components

The June 2023 issue of World Transport Policy & Practice spotlights livable cities and features articles about three essential components of livable cities: public transit, bicycling, and reducing car use.

June 19 - World Transport Policy and Practice

Sign with icons indicating access to multiple transportation modes in Le Havre, France

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Fair Share Transportation Planning

Don’t tell me what you claim to value; your budget indicates what you truly value. If we value fairness and efficiency, we must reform infrastructure spending to support inclusive, affordable, healthy, and resource-efficient modes.

June 18 - Todd Litman

Walkable street in Southern Village in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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A ‘New Urbanism’ Travelogue

I visited three New Urbanist developments in North Carolina. Here's what I liked, what I didn't like, and what I learned.

June 16 - Michael Lewyn

Illustration of nighttime city with white lines connecting nodes to illustrate technology and connectivity

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Leveraging Blockchain Tech to Build Smart Cities

Blockchain is far from exclusive to cryptocurrency. Smart cities have a lot to gain from the technology and can thrive with its application.

June 15 - Devin Partida

Urban sidewalk shaded by large mature trees

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Cool Walkability Planning

Shadeways (covered sidewalks) and pedways (enclosed, climate controlled walkways) can provide comfortable walkability in hot climates. The Cool Walkshed Index can help plan these facilities.

June 1 - Todd Litman


Looking up at giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park at sunrise with sun's rays coming through trees

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Public Lands in the United States, Part One: “Redeemed From Wilderness”

This is part one in a blog series examining the history of public lands in the United States and their shifting role in the American psyche.

May 31 - Diana Ionescu

A person’s thumb hovers over the Twitter app on a smart phone.

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Is Twitter Still an Effective Planning Tool?

Twitter has been a daily dose of drama and upheaval ever since Elon Musk offered to pay over $40 billion to buy the social media platform. Media outlets and public transit agencies had been abandoning the social media platform—should planners?

May 18 - James Brasuell


Pastoral landscape painting by Thomas Cole depicting pre-colonized idyllic scene

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Planning for a Post-Climate World

A series of 19th century paintings that illustrates the rise and fall of empire highlights the limits of growth.

May 17 - Gabriel A. Ramos AICP

Dark shot of people dancing in front of bar with red and blue atmospheric lights

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New York City's Dancing Prohibition Remains a Barrier to Entry, Equality

New York’s 1960s-era zoning code still prohibits dancing in small bars and restaurants in more than 80 percent of the city, but Mayor Eric Adams and advocates want to change that.

May 16 - Mark H. McNulty

Monotone photo of man waiting on subway platform with blurry train passing by and other passengers walking by

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How Can Urban Planning Address the ‘Loneliness Epidemic’?

The U.S. Surgeon General is sounding the alarm about the health effects of isolation. Planners have a role to play in rebuilding our “social infrastructure.”

May 14 - Angie Schmitt

Black and white photo of two young boys standing on a hill overlooking the Frederick Douglass housing project in Anacostia, D.C.

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Most Influential Urbanists: Call for Nominees

Change doesn’t happen accidentally. Who are the people shaping cities and communities through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond?

May 11 - Planetizen

Boxes stacked on an orange cart in a large warehouse with racks in background

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How Is Supply Chain Expansion Impacting Urban Development?

Supply chain expansion can have specific impacts on urban development as people move to metropolitan areas and require more involved participation at all levels of the supply chain.

May 10 - Devin Partida

A bike rider navigates a bike lane in a traffic limited zone in Italy, where only one delivery van is visible on the street.

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A Toolkit of Urban Vehicle Access Regulations to Improve Livability

You may have heard Paris is implementing traffic restrictions, but did you know that Paris is very late to the party? European cities, big and small, have been implementing measures to keep traffic from destroying urban quality of life for decades.

May 8 - World Transport Policy and Practice

Clse-up of "Just Say No To Over Development" yard sign on green lawn

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Thinking About Right-NIMBYism

Some conservatives oppose new housing on the ground that exclusion will “save” their neighborhoods from poor people. Is there any response to these arguments?

May 5 - Michael Lewyn

Wheelchair ramp at outdoor train station

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ADA Compliance Slowly Makes Headway

Decades of advocacy are paying off, but it often takes legal action to force cities to make accessibility improvements mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act over thirty years ago.

May 4 - Diana Ionescu

 Old sugar factory in Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

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Bitter Irony Behind Brooklyn’s Sweet Domino Sugar Sign

A new feature on the Brooklyn waterfront is a reminder that Domino Sugar has made several unsavory appearances in the history of Puerto Rican communities.

May 2 - Mark H. McNulty

Sprawl

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Essay: Will America Ever Change its Urban Patterns?

If there has ever been a good time to change our urban patterns, the time is now.

April 30 - Marcelo Remond

A series of screengrabs illustrating the functionality of Google Maps.

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Recommended Mobile Apps for Urban Planning in 2023

Planetizen's annual list of top apps for planners is back, ten years after its first appearance on the site. Scores of apps have been recommended by planners as examples of planning in action, or tools for planning action.

April 27 - James Brasuell

Diagram of a roundabout and site photos laid out on a desk

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Transportation Agencies: Improve Your Models or Hire More Lawyers

Transportation models are biased in ways that result in inefficient, unfair and environmentally harmful planning decisions. Improve your analysis or prepare to be sued.

April 26 - Todd Litman

Restored white two-story historic home with black trim in Roanoke, Virginia

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Restoring the Vacant Middle: Creating Middle Housing Through Historic Preservation

How flexible zoning in historic districts can support preservation and create affordable housing.

April 24 - Maribeth Mills

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Heyer Gruel Associates

Regional Transportation Planner

Crater Planning District Commission

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Prince William County Planning Office

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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.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.

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