Though cities hope for an economic boost, these photos show it's far from guaranteed.
For example, the expensive gondola that was supposed to bring critical infrastructure to the favelas of Rio de Janiero ceased operations last year, and many of the venues built in Athens have been either abandoned or destroyed.
There are, of course, non-economic reasons to hold the Olympics. Even though much of the infrastructure is, at best, underused, the 2008 games in Beijing served "as a barely disguised metaphor for this nation’s rise to worldwide importance."
Federal Railroad Administration Proposes New Midwest Rail Network
If built, regional high-speed rail networks could provide an alternative to uncomfortable air travel and prevent travelers from becoming stranded at airports during extreme weather.
Planning Trends to Watch in 2022
Building a framework of understanding for the year to come.
Measuring and Mapping Change Around the Atlanta BeltLine
A new way of keeping track of the changes caused by one of the nation's "most ambitious urban redevelopment projects."
Supreme Court: OSHA Exceeded its Public Health Authority
The Supreme Court ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had overreached its authority to protect the health of workers in large private companies. In a separate decision, it upheld a vaccine mandate for most healthcare workers.
Atlanta Will Be First City to Memorialize Convict Labor
Two monuments coming to Atlanta reckon with the city's history of using incarcerated laborers.
L.A. Metro Receives $1.24 Billion in Federal Funds
L.A.'s transit agency was awarded over a billion dollars in American Rescue Plan funding for maintenance and operations.
Ferguson Township, Centre County, PA
Town of Palm Beach
Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCOG)
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.