2020

Racial Equity in Planning

Equity and 'Righting Past Wrongs' to Start the 2021 National Planning Conference

The American Planning Association's 2021 National Planning Conference started streaming this morning, with an obvious focus on equity and the historical role of the planning profession in perpetuating systemic racism.

May 5, 2021 - James Brasuell

City Hall

Covid Burnout Causing Mayoral Turnover

A large number of local leaders are leaving office ahead of schedule; many report Covid burnout as the cause of their departure.

April 15, 2021 - The New York Times

Seattle Protest

Stories of Resilience From 2020

A year of intense challenges also offers a chance to break from the unsustainable, inequitable status quo.

March 10, 2021 - Island Press

U.S. Census Bureau

Another Delay for the Census: Now Expected for September Delivery

The pandemic and political mismanagement are continuing to have an effect on the 2020 Census.

February 15, 2021 - NPR

BLM Plaza, Washington, D.C.

Pop Quiz: What Kind of Post-2020 City-Maker Are You?

The State of Place blog is offering a pop quiz designed to help you diagnose the kind of post-2020 city-maker you are.

February 5, 2021 - State of Place

San Francisco, California

2020 Was a Landmark Year for Climate Change

Many companies set goals to achieve by 2020 and came up short, while the effects of climate change were more obvious than ever in the year that was 2020.

February 3, 2021 - James Brasuell

Coronavirus

Economic Shock Lowers U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Below 1990 Levels, Report Says

The decrease in U.S. economic activity during the pandemic year of 2020 reduced the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 10.3 percent.

January 12, 2021 - Rhodium Group

Coronavirus Testing

Density Takes Center Stage in the Pandemic, Again

The latest in a series of compendia tackling the effects of the pandemic, now and in the future, for cities and communities.

January 7, 2021 - James Brasuell

California Shelter-in-Place

Planning and the Pandemic: Trends From 2020

If ever there was a doubt about the sheer depth and breadth of intersectionality found in the practice and theory of planning, the pandemic provides daily reminders.

January 5, 2021 - James Brasuell

2020 Census Logo

The Census Missed its Dec. 31 Deadline

The pandemic didn't help, but this moment has been a long time coming, and the delay is bad news for President Trump efforts to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count.

December 31, 2020 - The Hill

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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.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.