Jail the Planners for Not Preventing Sandy!
Ed Blakely indicts the planning profession for failing to protect our communities from the threat of a changing climate. How can we plan places that serve as bulwarks from the worst physical traumas, while providing economic and social resiliency?
Beverly Hills Installs First ‘Green Street’
A three-block median featuring native plants and bioswales is part of the city’s broader effort to reduce water consumption and pollution.
New Threat to Urban Infrastructure: Underground Climate Change
Subsurface heat islands in dense urban areas can cause buildings and infrastructure to shift, tilt, and crack, a new study finds.
Proposal Would Link Highway Funding to Zoning
Experts argue that zoning, housing, and transportation policy are intimately linked.
White House Announces $5.8 Billion in Water Infrastructure Funding
The new funds add to the effort to replace aging infrastructure and lead pipes.
Planning for Trees in Los Angeles
The County and City of Los Angeles are working together on community engagement efforts for their Urban Forest Management Plans (UFMPs).
The Infrastructure Law Could Increase Transportation Emissions
With so much funding going to highway construction and expansion, the 2021 law could add 69 million metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere in the next two decades.
New Book Highlights How GIS Improves Outcomes
Esri Press recently published a digital book called Mapping the Nation which demonstrates how a geographic approach guides important decisions and addresses challenges around the globe.
Seattle Mobility Advocates Say City Should Triple Transportation Levy
A measure set to go before voters in November will fund road safety and mobility projects, but advocates say a much bigger investment is required to meet the city’s needs.
Billboard Highlights LA’s Pedestrian Safety Crisis
According to road safety advocates, more pedestrians died on one Los Angeles street than in the entire state of Vermont in 2022.
Closing the ‘Wastewater Gap’ in the Black Belt
Newly announced federal funding will help resolve the decades’ long sewer crisis faced by rural majority-Black communities in Alabama and Mississippi.
Oregon Town Seeks Funding for Ambitious Resilience Plan
Like other rural communities, Grants Pass is eager to access federal funding aimed at sustainability initiatives, but faces challenges when it comes to meeting grant requirements.
LA’s Mobility Plan Implementation Faces Opposition
The city’s firefighters’ union claims that bike and bus lanes would slow response times and impede access for first responders.
Chicago Readies Region for EV Charging
Chicago-area municipalities can take advantage of a new grant program to prepare their infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Cape Cod Water Quality Threatened by Septic Runoff
Pollutants from local septic tanks are creating problematic algae blooms in local waters. Cleaning it all up could cost billions.
Opinion: ‘Floating’ Bus Stops Endanger Blind Pedestrians
A design that places bike lanes between bus stops and sidewalks complicates mobility for pedestrians, especially people with vision impairments.
Promoting Cycling as Public Health Measure
An argument for better bike infrastructure from a healthcare perspective.
Proposed New York Bill Would Align Transportation Projects With Driving Reduction Goals
If passed, the law would require all highway projects to show how they would reduce VMT or mitigate their impact.
California Officials Propose Changes to Freeway ‘Airspace’ Storage Program
Since a November fire in Los Angeles, city officials have found more than three-quarters of leased freeway-adjacent properties visited so far fail their inspection.
California Daylighting Law Bans Parking Near Crosswalks
Limiting parking within 20 feet of intersections improves visibility and reduces collisions with pedestrians.
City of Laramie, Wyoming
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Lassen County Planning and Building Services
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.