City Planning

Garden City

What Is the Garden City Movement?

Born as a reaction to the crowded, dirty conditions in turn-of-the-century London and other industrial cities, the Garden City movement offers an idealized planned community designed to join elements of town and country.

December 27, 2021 - Diana Ionescu

Paris Skyline

What Is a Central Business District (CBD)?

A central business district (CBD) is a geographic area sometimes referred to as downtown, but with key distinctions critical to an understanding of city and regional planning.

December 22, 2020 - James Brasuell

City Hall

Has The Moment Arrived To End Political Interference in L.A. City's Land Use Decisions?

Writing under the nom de plume of the ghost of Ed Logue, an L.A.-based land use professional offers this modest proposal for eliminating political interference and campaign cash from L.A. city planning.

September 14, 2020 - The Planning Report

Los Angeles City Hall

Keeping Bees Away from Honey? Corruption Cases Expose Flaws in L.A. City’s Land Entitlement Process

Three former Los Angeles public officials share their collective perspective on how best to reform the city of Los Angeles' corrupted land use approval process.

September 8, 2020 - The Planning Report

Gowanus Canal

Transfer of Air Rights Sought to Finance Public Housing Improvements in Brooklyn

The rezoning of the neighborhood of Gowanus in Brooklyn is providing opportunities for local politicians to address local needs.

November 10, 2019 - Crain's New York Business

American Planning Association 2015

A Retiring Dean Considers the Changing Responsibilities of Planners

Former L.A. City Councilmember and retiring Cal Poly College of Environmental Design Dean Michael Woo reminds readers of the visionary responsibilities of elected officials to ensure the plans of today indeed consider the needs of tomorrow.

August 16, 2019 - The Planning Report

Urban Careers

Embedded Planning Movement Gains Traction

Jonathan Pacheco Bell chronicles the growth of a movement he created.

May 24, 2019 - UrbDeZine

Portugal

The Practical Confessions of an Urbanist Pilgrim

After 12 days of walking the Portuguese Camino, the importance of many urban planning and development debates—from balanced growth to banning cars—became abundantly clear.

May 7, 2019 - Charles R. Wolfe

Los Angeles Grand Park

A New Player in Planning Los Angeles: Marqueece Harris-Dawson

The new chair of the Planning and Land Use Management committee of the Los Angeles City Council will influence how the city grapples with homelessness, an expanding rail system, and the 2028 Olympics.

February 27, 2019 - The Planning Report

Biking in Denver

Analysis: Denver's 20-Year Vision for Not-Quite-Complete Streets

The Denveright plan puts pedestrians first, but could do more for public transportation and bikes, says a critique from Streetsblog Denver.

August 15, 2018 - Streetsblog Denver

Cherry Creek Denver

The Denveright Plan Charts a 20-Year Vision

The largest planning process in Denver's history has already completed two years of community engagement and planning work.

August 8, 2018 - The Denver Post

Twin Cities

City Planning Criticism at a Critical Point in Minneapolis History

A columnist presents criticisms and recommendations for both sides of the density debate as Minneapolis considers a new comprehensive plan.

July 30, 2018 - Star Tribune

MIT

New Degree at MIT Combines Planning and Computer Science

This could be a sign of a deepening, but already inextricable, link between planning and the field of computer science.

June 12, 2018 - MIT News

London 1854

How City Planning Can Affect How Diseases Spread

There are many ways that city planning and urban design can mitigate, or exacerbate, the spread of public health risks.

June 10, 2018 - Kayla Matthews

Suburban Seattle

Everett's New Downtown Plan Ready for Scrutiny

A public hearing offers a chance to analyze the zoning changes proposed by the "Metro Everett" downtown plan.

June 7, 2018 - The Urbanist

Gowanus Canal

Draft Rezoning for Gowanus Released

Planners in New York City released the latest in a series of rezonings of New York City neighborhoods.

June 7, 2018 - Crain's New York Business

South Central Los Angeles

What Community-Based Zoning Enforcement Looks Like in South Central Los Angeles

Passion for urban planning, love of South Central LA communities, and historical background of the neighborhoods combine in this personal account by Jonathan P. Bell of community-based zoning enforcement.

February 6, 2018 - UrbDeZine

MacArthur Park

After Measure S: Los Angeles Leaders Ponder Growth and Equity

The controversy over the recent ballot initiative known as Measure S has Los Angeles thinking: How can the city accommodate new housing supply without disenfranchising communities?

May 4, 2017 - The Planning Report

Community Meeting

Tech Solutions to Planning’s Participation Problems

Santa Monica is testing out a 'Tinder-like' application for approving or disapproving of developments.

January 31, 2017 - The Guardian

Los Angeles sprawl

The Atlas of Urban Expansion Shows How Cities Grow

The "Monitoring Global Urban Expansion Program" gathers and analyzes data on 200 cities around the world. The "Atlas of Urban Expansion" presents the program's preliminary results.

January 17, 2017 - Atlas of Urban Expansion

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

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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.