Coronavirus Tools


How Widespread Is the Coronavirus in Your Metro Area?

Do you know the COVID risk level where you live, work and play? Many COVID data trackers provide county and state-level data, but metropolitan area data had been more difficult to find until now, thanks to Covid Act Now.

January 19, 2021 - Covid Act Now

Restaurant Business

Announcing an Antidote for Planning Uncertainty: A Pandemic Tool Kit for Local Governments

A new toolkit shares 22 actions governments should take to get the economy restarted, including the regulatory or policy tools needed to implement the actions.

October 20, 2020 - PlaceShakers


'Metro Recovery Index' Measures the Impact of the Pandemic and the Trajectory of the Recovery

Brookings has released a new tool for measuring the impact of the coronavirus on local economies across the country, as well as the effectiveness of economic recovery efforts.

July 14, 2020 - Brookings

Masks for Public Health

Lessons from Pandemics: Disaster Resilience Planning

What can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic to help plan more resilient communities that can respond to all types of economic, social, and environmental shocks?

May 4, 2020 - Todd Litman

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Watch Oakland's Slow Streets Program in Action

Oakland offers a model for other streets looking to provide new space for pedestrians and people on bikes to get exercise at a space physical distance.

May 4, 2020 - StreetsBlog NYC

Coronavirus Hygiene

Urban Planning Resources for COVID-19

Online misinformation has been unavoidable, but the Internet is also full of tools essential for understanding the changed world of COVID-19.

May 4, 2020 - James Brasuell

Columbus, Ohio skyline reflected in the Scioto River

Another State (Ohio) Gets It Right

Washington and California have been praised for early efforts to mitigate community spread of the novel coronavirus, resulting in relatively low rates of infection, hospitalization, and ultimately, death. Add Ohio to the bunch.

April 14, 2020 - The Washington Post

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Even Parks Are Going Online During the Pandemic

Parks departments in New York City and Pittsburgh are offering videos and livestreams to cooped-up residents.

April 10, 2020 - Next City

Public Transit Ridership

Transportation Response Center Launched by NACTO, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Track the response of local transportation strategies responding to the massive shift in travel demand as a result of the pandemic.

March 31, 2020 - Bloomberg Philanthropies

Coronavirus Testing

New Online Collaboration Tool, Designed for Effective Pandemic Policy

The Smart Cities Council has launched the "Activator - COVID-19 Mitigation Roadmap."

March 30, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

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A Social Distancing Scorecard

A location data company has created a Social Distancing Scorecard to track the progress of Americans, down to the county level, in reducing travel in accordance with recommendations to reduce physical contact.

March 26, 2020 - Unacast

San Francisco City Hall

Local Coronavirus Action Tracker

Broadcasting information about local actions, to share knowledge and information, and to help local leaders calibrate responses.

March 25, 2020 - National League Of Cities

City Hall

Local Planning Departments Shutting Down in California

The entire state of California is now on a shelter in place order, but planning desks and public hearings on land use issues were already in the process of shutting down.

March 23, 2020 - Lay of the Land

Salt Lake City, Utah

Transit App Updating Transit Demand Estimates Daily

The Transit app has created the most comprehensive portal for transit ridership data—with a key caveat made about the source of the data.

March 23, 2020 - transit

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

The Walkable City

Harvard GSD Executive Education

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.

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.