Exclusives

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Yesterday
Research in cognitive sciences is dictating that we can no longer rely on the presentation of scientific facts when building policy.
Steven Snell
Blog post
August 29, 2016, 11am PDT
Making better places is a core value for many planners, but don’t let a lack of passion stand between you and a strong career in planning.
Pete Sullivan
Blog post
August 22, 2016, 2pm PDT
An Interview with Sean Montgomery, the inventor of CitizenSpring, an app that collects and maps data about safe drinking water.
Casey Brazeal
Blog post
August 16, 2016, 2pm PDT
A blog post exploring why Los Angeles is more car-dependent than some less dense cities.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
August 8, 2016, 2pm PDT
Computer simulations show signs of a coming revolution in scope and power, this will have wide ranging impacts on many human endeavors particularly cities and city planning.
Casey Brazeal
Feature
August 8, 2016, 8am PDT
An op-ed by Daniel Freedman explains how a legal spat over an 850-square-foot "granny flat" affected hundreds of units around Los Angeles. The city's attempt to rectify the problems with its second unit ordinance has encountered more resistance.
Daniel Freedman
Blog post
August 4, 2016, 5am PDT
Criticizes the idea that suburbanization has made Americans more libertarian.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
August 3, 2016, 5am PDT
The new Republican Party Platform wants to stop spending federal fuel tax funds on walking, cycling, and public transit. That would be unfair and inefficient.
Todd Litman
Feature
July 27, 2016, 2pm PDT
A new statistical analysis of Airbnb listings shows the short-term-rental service is growing worldwide, but suggests that many hosts don't stick with it. Intermittent commercial uses of residences could be seen in the planning context of "mixed use."
Martin John Brown
Blog post
July 26, 2016, 11am PDT
Donald Trump invokes the darkest days of urban decay and crime to appeal to his base. The facts speak to an urban triumph that has led to greater national prosperity and higher standards of living for tens of millions of Americans.
Josh Stephens
Blog post
July 20, 2016, 7am PDT
The most dense neighborhood in Manhattan is surprisingly low-key.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
July 19, 2016, 8am PDT
Dave Biggs interviews author James Hoggan about his new book, "I'm Right and You're An Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up."
Dave Biggs
Feature
July 18, 2016, 2pm PDT
The ethical quandaries that will confront self-driving cars as they navigate the world pose a lot of difficult questions. Antonio Loro charts a course for answering these tough questions.
Antonio Loro
Blog post
July 17, 2016, 1pm PDT
More than any other place, wildlife have impact on human health, quality of life and aesthetics in urban areas. Thinking about city planning at the terrestrial wildlife scale could support mutual objectives of city planning.
Steven Snell
Blog post
July 14, 2016, 2pm PDT
Planners are often involved in social equity analysis. How issues are defined and measured can affect what seems fair and just. Consider, for example, the fairness of toilet access.
Todd Litman
Blog post
July 13, 2016, 8am PDT
Planners across the globe have been exploring opportunities to use augmented reality to enhance the way the public engages with the city. Over the last few days Pokémon Go took off, and now people are wandering across cities to catch Pokémon.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Feature
July 13, 2016, 5am PDT
It has been 20 years since the city of Birmingham, Michigan approved the Birmingham 2016 Master Plan. Robert J. Gibbs, one of the planners on a team that included Andrés Duany, describes the decisions and process that contributed to the plan.
Robert J. Gibbs
Blog post
July 11, 2016, 5am PDT
The transportation policy debate regularly falls victim to incorrect or incomplete "facts" getting passed around like the game of telephone.
Steven Polzin
Blog post
July 7, 2016, 5am PDT
Tesla has just disclosed the first fatal crash of a driver using its "Autopilot" system. Tesla should be concerned about the question of who's liable, and we should all be concerned about the wider consequences of this tragic event.
Scott Le Vine
Blog post
July 5, 2016, 10am PDT
Planners, like any other professionals, live in a kind of bubble. Those charged with dealing with the public run the risk of expecting too much from residents as they design community engagement activities. Here are some of the most common mistakes.
Dave Biggs
Feature
June 28, 2016, 2pm PDT
Is Airbnb to blame for rising house prices? This article by Leigh Stewart from Tranio.com investigates how easy money from the collaborative economy could be making homes too expensive for tenants and genuine buyers.
Leigh Stewart