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Rat shaped indentation on pavement, filled with coins

Chicago Rat Hole Becomes Viral Urban Sensation

The rodent-shaped sidewalk imprint has captured hearts and imaginations on social media but has proven a headache for neighbors.

January 30, 2024 - Hyperallergic

Blurred image of Christmas lights at nighttime draped over Christmas market in Tallin, Estonia.

Planning for the Snow and an Open Right of Way

The Planning Commission Podcast presents their Chrismas episode.

December 27, 2023 - The Planning Commission Podcast

A group of friends laughs and celebrates with beers on a rooftop with Downtown Los Angeles in the background.

Friday Fun: Best Cities for Rooftop Dining and Drinking

Just in time for summer’s last hurrah, a list of cities with a reputation for rooftop entertainment.

September 1, 2023 - RoofGnome

Vast, empty parking lot with blue sky and bright sun in background

Friday Funny: How Much Parking Does That Parking Spot Need?

The Onion takes parking requirements to their logical conclusion.

May 5, 2023 - The Onion

 Red brick homes with blooming wisteria in foreground in Arlington, Virginia

Lawsuit Challenges Arlington County Zoning Reforms

A lawsuit brought by residents charges the county with failing to follow statutory procedures and provide accurate information about recently passed ‘missing middle housing’ reforms.

April 25, 2023 - The Washington Post

Round sign on building with white CTA logo on blue background

Friday Funny: Chicago Transit Has Imposter Syndrome

The Onion posits that the CTA’s failures stem from a debilitating fear of having riders rely on them.

April 7, 2023 - The Onion

Woman in car stuck in traffic, leaning on her elbow in frustration

Friday Funny: Tired of Walkability? Try the ‘15-Hour City’

Worried that a 15-minute city will restrict your freedoms? Welcome to the alternative.

March 10, 2023 - McSweeney's

Rural Traffic

Should We Continue to Ignore Induced Vehicle Travel Costs?

A recent Planetizen blog claims that urban highway expansions reduce traffic congestion and benefit everyone. That must be a joke! Most planners now recognize that such projects tend to be economically wasteful and contradict community goals.

February 26, 2023 - Todd Litman

Gray chemical cloud seen from a distance from train derailment in Palestine, Ohio

Friday Funny: ‘Deregulation Works’

A tongue-in-cheek piece from The Onion calls the disastrous train derailment in Ohio a “deregulation success story.”

February 17, 2023 - The Onion

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

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