Exclusives

Blog post
23 hours ago
Here are a few transportation-related facts that might have slipped through the cracks in the current political debate regarding infrastructure spending.
Steven Polzin
Blog post
December 18, 2017, 1pm PST
Despite numerous traffic safety programs, traffic death rates have not declined in a decade and recently started to increase. We can do better! A new paradigm identifies additional safety strategies that reduce both crash rates and risk exposure.
Todd Litman
Feature
December 18, 2017, 5am PST
Our favorite genre of music is the one that celebrates places.
James Brasuell
Feature
December 17, 2017, 1pm PST
Frequent Planetizen contributor Charles R. Wolfe reflects on reconciling global forces and local context in cities across three continents.
Charles R. Wolfe
Blog post
December 13, 2017, 1pm PST
Another large corporation is accused of misleading the public about its impacts on the environment. This time, drinking water is at stake.
Kayla Matthews
Blog post
December 13, 2017, 12pm PST
In a history of the skid rows in American cities from the late 19th century until the urban renewal era of the 1960s, Ella Howard tells of the impoverished people who inhabited them and the policy choices that supported their existence.
Linda Day
Blog post
December 10, 2017, 1pm PST
A recent conference hosted by the American Institute of Architects in Los Angeles shined a light on efforts to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles—and demonstrated just how much work must be done nationwide to solve this humanitarian crisis.
Josh Stephens
Blog post
December 6, 2017, 2pm PST
One common argument against new housing (especially in Manhattan) is that the city is "overcrowded."
Michael Lewyn
Feature
November 30, 2017, 9am PST
Planetizen is pleased to release its list of the best books published in 2017 on the subjects of planning, design, and development.
Josh Stephens, James Brasuell
Blog post
November 30, 2017, 8am PST

I put my Christmas wish in a little early this year—wanted to give Santa time to deliver, and it's not an easy wish to grant. No data, no graphs, no citations, just some thoughts to share.

Steven Polzin
Blog post
November 29, 2017, 6am PST
The Grenfell Tower Fire in London took the lives of 71 people, and investigators are still searching for lessons from the tragedy. American planners shouldn't neglect these lessons, either.
Kayla Matthews
Feature
November 28, 2017, 2pm PST
An examination of the Block Ordinance as a panacea for the ailments of modern cities.
Fanis Grammenos
Blog post
November 19, 2017, 1pm PST
Research in cognitive sciences is dictating that we can no longer rely on the presentation of scientific facts when building policy.
Steven Snell
Feature
November 15, 2017, 7am PST
Autonomous vehicles could provide life-saving assistance in the event of a large-scale evacuation, if a shared fleet of autonomous vehicles is built with this purpose in mind.
Michael R. Boswell, William Riggs
Blog post
November 12, 2017, 1pm PST
Rejecting the common argument that cities can never be affordable because of high construction costs.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
November 9, 2017, 12pm PST
As part of Human Settlements Day at COP-23 on November 11, Planners for Climate Action will feature representatives of professional planners associations and planning school associations worldwide.
Bruce Stiftel
Blog post
November 9, 2017, 10am PST

Yuan Man guest blogs about a recent article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

JPER
Feature
November 8, 2017, 8am PST
An interview with Houston Planning Director Patrick Walsh, conducted after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the city and reduced its planning and infrastructure to a talking point for pundits. It's time to let the locals do the talking.
Josh Stephens
Blog post
November 7, 2017, 9am PST
Transportation planners are on to something big and, for the most part, they are keeping it to themselves. The future is a relatively small fleet of shared, electric, self driving vehicles, and it's coming fast. Are we ready?
Dave Biggs
Feature
November 6, 2017, 5am PST
The annual list of best websites by and for planners (and anyone else interested in planning).
James Brasuell, Chris Steins, Abhijeet Chavan
Blog post
November 1, 2017, 12pm PDT
Pollution poses a significant public health threat all over the planet, and good planning can help.
Kayla Matthews