Exclusives

Blog post
2 days ago
Some evidence suggests that apartments lead to more greenhouse gas emissions per capita than houses. Does this mean that suburbs pollute less than cities? Probably not.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
January 10, 2017, 9am PST
The quickly growing number of third spaces is good news for both the social and the urban fabrics.
Erling Fossen
Blog post
January 10, 2017, 5am PST
Some planning jargon actually clarifies rather than confuses.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
January 6, 2017, 10am PST
A new study uses night sky satellite images to measure urban development patterns in India. The results can help guide smarter growth.
Todd Litman
Blog post
January 4, 2017, 10am PST
A list of mobile apps that support planning, as part of an annual update. Learn about exciting new ways to explore cities and enhance planning via mobile apps. Please feel free to add your own favorites.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Blog post
December 30, 2016, 5am PST
Raleigh, NC has hopes for turning 300 acres of land near its downtown into a beautiful park. Elite landscape architecture firms are eager to help, and selecting the right one for the job won't be easy.
Mark Hough
Blog post
December 27, 2016, 9am PST
Has the smart growth movement succeeded? It depends how you measure "success."
Michael Lewyn
Feature
December 20, 2016, 10am PST
An analysis of three essential attributes of urban grids reveals a preferred layout for the desired effect of a vibrant, active community.
Fanis Grammenos
Feature
December 19, 2016, 2pm PST
No Electoral College needed: these were the most popular Planetizen posts from the year 2016.
James Brasuell
Blog post
December 19, 2016, 8am PST
A discussion of private and public space, revealing an argument for justice.
Steven Snell
Blog post
December 14, 2016, 2pm PST
Yes, sprawl is still bad for the environment.
Michael Lewyn
Feature
December 13, 2016, 2pm PST
While car companies and federal regulators concentrate on the mechanisms of automated vehicles, they're still overlooking the ability for the car to connect with the outside world. The benefit of such a focus could come in lives saved.
William Riggs
Blog post
December 13, 2016, 1pm PST
Donald Shoup, Quan Yuan, and Xin Jiang guest blog about their recent article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
JPER
Feature
December 12, 2016, 5am PST
To the potential surprise of many planners in the United States, strategic planning and politics can work together to produce significant policy outcomes in democratically governed cities.
Lily Song and Diane Davis
Blog post
December 7, 2016, 2pm PST
If the country is about to embark on a new era of infrastructure investment, care will be necessary to ensure long-term benefits for mobility.
Steven Polzin
Feature
December 7, 2016, 7am PST
Sam Hall Kaplan reviews "Eyes on Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs" and offers insight gained from personal experience with the "Saint of City Planning."
Sam Hall Kaplan
Blog post
December 5, 2016, 6am PST
The conventional progressive wisdom is that the Trump Administration will be bad for cities and for transit users. But in recent decades, a unified Republican government has been better for public transit than a divided government.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
December 5, 2016, 5am PST
An efficient and equitable transport system must be diverse to serve diverse travel demands. Planners need better tools to quantify and communicate the benefits of walking, cycling and public transit to sometimes skeptical decision makers.
Todd Litman
Blog post
December 4, 2016, 1pm PST
What is the highest purpose of community engagement? Why do some planners go all out to hear from the public? This article dives into these questions based on nine interviews conducted at APA 2016.
Dave Biggs
Blog post
December 1, 2016, 7am PST
Dowell Myers reflects on an article from the Journal of Planning Education and Research in light of the recent presidential election.
JPER
Feature
November 30, 2016, 2pm PST
Planetizen is pleased to release its list of the best books published in 2016 on the subjects of planning, design, and development.
James Brasuell and Josh Stephens