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Coronavirus Social Distancing

Friday Eye Candy: Covid-19, Then and Now

The New York Times compared images from readers portraying similar scenes in 2020 and 2022.

January 6, 2023 - The New York Times

A group of protests with signs and drums walk down the street.

Songs About Places 2022: Songs of Protest

An annual list of songs about the places we call home, the places we miss, and the places we visit. In 2022, one of the most conspicuous songs about places took a stand on an ongoing moral crisis.

December 27, 2022 - James Brasuell

Video Games

City-Building Video Games for Planners

Hopefully you got one of these games as a gift today. If not, don’t worry. There are a lot of other occasions to celebrate—maybe try the day after Christmas?

December 25, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Rendering of Juneteenth Museum

The Best, Worst, and Most Questionable in 2022 Architecture and Design

A list of innovative projects, intriguing design, and flummoxing failures.

December 6, 2022 - Medium

iPhone screen with Roku app open

‘Roku City’ Would Be a Desirable Place to Live—if it was Real

A streaming box screen saver exhibits better urbanism than many real-life cities.

November 4, 2022 - The New York Times

Mother and two young children waiting to cross street at busy crosswalk

Friday Funny: Crossing the Street? Good Luck!

The Onion says the quiet part out loud to illustrate the real philosophy behind many road safety strategies.

October 21, 2022 - The Onion

A image of the World's Columbian Exposition overlayed with a picture of Keanu Reeves in the rain from the movie Point Break.

Keanu Reeves, Daniel Burnham Dream No Longer a Reality

Keanu Reeves will no longer portray Daniel Burnham in a film adaptation of The Devil in the White City.

October 13, 2022 - Variety

Disneyland, Main Street

"Imagineering" Versus Planning

The conference of the California chapter of the American Planning Association took place across the street from Disneyland this week. What Disney does for fictional landscapes, planners must do for real landscapes.

October 6, 2022 - California Planning & Development Report

Woonerf street with no curbs and trees in Lodz, Poland

What Is a Woonerf?

The woonerf, a type of road design that encourages multimodal transportation and blends pedestrian and vehicle space, was born as a reaction to the car-centric development that began dominating American and European city planning in the mid-twentieth century.

October 5, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Screenshot of gameplay window with popup: "Error. Can't build in NIMBYville!"

A NIMBY Simulator Pokes Fun at All-Too-Real Issues

A classic game gets a sardonic update for the modern world.

September 25, 2022 - Bloomberg Culture

A image of the World's Columbian Exposition overlayed with a picture of Keanu Reeves in the rain from the movie Point Break.

Keanu Reeves Set to Play Daniel Burnham in ‘The Devil in the White City’

Planning is going to get a new level of star power as a limited series adaptation of The Devil in the White City gets ready for television screens in 2024.

August 8, 2022 - Reel Chicago

Orange traffic cone on black asphalt

Friday Funny: Pete Buttigieg Makes New Work Friends

The Onion takes a gleeful jab at Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

August 5, 2022 - The Onion

NIMBY spelled out in Scrabble tiles on a wood table

Friday Funny: Are You NIMBY Material?

A humorous “application form” skewers the so-called NIMBY movement.

July 22, 2022 - McSweeney's

A high-speed rail is blurred as it passes a modern skyline in China.

Friday Funny: The Onion Blasts U.S. for Slow Trains

The satirical news site The Onion has imagined a world where China and the United States are competing over which country can operate the slowest, least dependable train systems.

July 15, 2022 - The Onion

Pick-Up Truck

Friday Funny: The Onion Satirizes the Federal Government’s Electric Car Fetish

The totally satirical, not-at-all-real website The Onion is back with another planning-related fake news take.

June 24, 2022 - The Onion

Walking the Dog

The Best Cities to Take Your Dog for a Walk

For the good doggos.

January 13, 2022 - LawnStarter

A rendering depicting the proposed design for Munger Hall on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Architecture and Design Awards for the Best and Worst of 2021

Two influential and erudite design critics continue an annual tradition.

December 26, 2021 - Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange via Medium

memphis Bus

Songs About Places 2021: 'Outside,' 'Lockdown,' and Memphis Among the Themes of Another Pandemic Year

2021 was full of songs that centered place in art's reckoning with reality. Were you listening?

December 12, 2021 - James Brasuell

Millennium Park Chicago

Chicago Tour Highlights 'Ugly Architecture'

The tour's creator wants to give visitors a different take on the city, pointing out the quirky gems amid its notoriously beautiful buildings.

November 2, 2021 - Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus Streets

Video: The Athletic Feats Required to Navigate NYC

A video from Transportation Alternatives highlights the infrastructure failures that can make getting around the city an Olympian feat.

August 10, 2021 - StreetsBlog NYC

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.

Top Apps

Planning apps for a brave new world.

Top Schools

The definitive ranking of graduate planning programs.

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.