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Cities Need Data to Secure and Maximize Federal Funding

To secure and maintain federal funding for projects and programs, local governments need data to identify priorities, support grant applications, and monitor and track progress.

January 17, 2023 - Cities Today


How Big Data Informs Park Planning

Data analysis and research by national organizations are helping to ensure equitable distribution and provision of parks and recreational facilities.

December 12, 2022 - On Common Ground

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The Built Environment in 2022: Challenges and Opportunities

As climate change, the pandemic, and a historic housing crisis continue to impact the nation, experts weigh in on the issues that could shape the future of the built environment in 2022.

January 13, 2022 - Brookings

Internet Cables

Broadband as Critical Transportation Infrastructure

The future of mobility depends on having a comprehensive, nationwide broadband network capable of supporting new transportation technologies and regulatory needs.

January 5, 2022 - Forbes

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Gig Workers Demand Data Transparency

Access to data for gig workers can provide a valuable source of information and bargaining power in a traditionally opaque and risky industry.

December 23, 2021 - Wired

U.S. Census Bureau

Debunking the Myth of the Declining White Population

Media claimed that Census data showed a sharp decline in America's white population, but the widely publicized figure reflects a misunderstanding of new data collection techniques.

November 17, 2021 - The Atlantic

Pedestrian Safety

Data-Driven Analytics at the Heart of Vision Zero Goals

Data is the key to crafting Vision Zero plans with community buy-in.

November 9, 2021 - Next City

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Robust Data and Community Trust Crucial to Achieving Equitable Transit

Experts say a deep understanding of communities and access to rich local data are necessary for improving transit service for all segments of society.

October 15, 2021 - Government Technology

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How Data and Tech Can Support Transit Planning

Agencies can use data resources to improve their decision-making and provide more responsive service.

August 23, 2021 - Government Technology

Mapping Coronavirus Infections

How Mapping Tools Played a Role in Understanding COVID-19

A new episode of the Geospatial Revolution Project assesses how scientists used digital mapping tools to think about the pandemic.

July 27, 2021 - The Map Room


A Big New Crop of Cities Achieves 'What Works Cities' Certification

The Bloomberg Philanthropies certification program has added 16 cities to its growing list of cities committing to the use of data for improving municipal programs and services.

July 19, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive


What Is the American Community Survey?

The American Community Survey offers a treasure trove of social, economic, housing and demographic data.

December 31, 2020 - James Brasuell

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On the Eve of the Pandemic: U.S. Migration at an All-Time Low

The most recent Census data on migration shows the continuation of a decades-long decline in migration in the United States, according to analysis by William H. Frey.

December 27, 2020 - Brookings

Grand Central Market, Los Angeles

A Milestone for the American Community Survey

After releasing new five-year estimates this week, the American Community Survey now offers three sets of five-year data that don't overlap, providing even more data for the analysis of local trends.

December 11, 2020 - United States Census Bureau

Public Transit

'Transit Insights' Updated With New Features for Visualizing Public Transit Data

One of the best tools for understanding the consequences and potential of transit planning has been recently updated.

October 26, 2020 - TransitCenter

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Pandemic Data for Planners

The right data will be critical in crafting effective responses to the threats posed by the coronavirus.

June 16, 2020 - Kayla Matthews

California Shelter-in-Place

Census Bureau Launches Data Collection Projects to Track COVID-19 Effects in Real Time

Three new projects will help provide a better sense of the economic and societal effects of the pandemic.

April 24, 2020 - U.S. Census Bureau

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'Glaring' Racial Disparities Revealed in Louisiana COVID-19 Data

New data from the Louisiana Department of Health provide the most detailed look at the disparate impacts of the coronavirus across racial lines.

April 22, 2020 -


Real-Time Art Installation Reveals the Many Dimensions of Data

Using a wagon filled with phones, an artist in Berlin demonstrated the disconnect between data and the real world.

February 19, 2020 - Vice

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L.A. Wins Round One in Battle With Uber Over Privacy and Data

Los Angeles and Uber bike-share subsidiary Jump are in a protracted legal battle over the city's data sharing requirements.

February 17, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

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.