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The Historical Effect of Pandemics on the Economy and the Housing Market

Research into previous pandemics, like SARS in 2003, the Spanish Flu in 1918, and the early months of COVID-19 in China, offers insight into what to expect for the economy and the housing market during and after the current pandemic.

March 23, 2020 - Zillow

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The Architecture Billings Index Was Strong on the Eve of the Pandemic

The Architecture Billings Index in February 2020 could lend hope in the current economic climate, or it could set a benchmark for a future recovery.

March 20, 2020 - Archinect


Changes in Houston Over the Last Decade

Comparing Houston in 2010 to the city today reveals a variety of transportation, infrastructure, and economic changes.

January 10, 2020 - Urban Edge


Private Golf Courses Closing in Chicago's Suburbs

Failing golf courses pose a choice for cities that can use tax dollars to turn them public or put the land to use in other ways.

June 12, 2019 - Crain's Chicago Business

Building Reflection

25 Months of Growth for Architecture Firms Ended in March

A key signal of economic strength for the planning and development industries delivered bad news for the first time in a long time.

May 15, 2019 - American Institute of Architects

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Million-Dollar Home Sales Jump 25%

The luxury market has been “reignited,” according to

July 16, 2018 - Dallas News

Roanoke, Virginia's Evolving Economy Moves Beer-ward

Once, trains dominated the city’s economy, now it's "brains, bikes and beer," according to city officials.

May 13, 2018 - Governing

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The Cities that Most Resemble Each Other

A fun activity in city comparison.

April 4, 2018 - The New York Times

Adaptive Reuse

Author Discusses 'The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism'

An interview with Jeremy Nowak about how he thinks the new localism will shape 21st century urban places in an environment of municipal fiscal distress.

March 20, 2018 - Penn IUR Urban Link

Economic Impacts of Climate Change

Mapping Climate Change's Economic Impacts in the United States

A recent study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) predicts some of the economic impacts of climate change.

February 24, 2018 - Governing

Mapping the Latest GDP Data for the Nation's Metropolitan Areas

Continuing Planetizen's survey of data dumps by the federal government is a post devoted to the gross domestic product (economic clout, in other words) of the country's metropolitan areas.

September 28, 2017 - HowMuch


Is the Silicon Valley Past its Peak?

A lack of housing is responsible for an expected decline of the Silicon Valley's economic dominance, according to this opinion piece.

September 25, 2017 - Bloomberg View

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New Poverty and Income Data Reveals a Tale of Two Types of Cities

While the country overall made progress, larger cities are making stronger gains against poverty.

September 19, 2017 - Brookings

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Not All Mid-Sized Local Economies Are Alike

The research director of the National League of Cities explains the defining characteristics of local economies—namely that of five distinct kinds of local economies, three serve to distinguish the nuances between mid-sized cities.

August 31, 2017 - CitiesSpeak


Climate Change Impacts at the County Level

A recent study lends new specificity of the human cost and economic damage wreaked by climate change in the coming decades.

August 26, 2017 - Governing

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As Big Box Retailers Fade, New Uses Are Springing Up

The end of the era of the big box retailer is leaving landlords with the difficult task of finding new tenants for the large, empty storefronts.

May 23, 2017 - Denver Post

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More Evidence that Bay Area Housing Prices Are Hurting the Economy

Beacon Economics projects a slowdown in job growth in the San Francisco Bay Area due to the region's high housing costs.

December 9, 2016 - San Francisco Business Times

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Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate Slows

As more constraints are put on cash outflows by the Chinese government, Chinese investors are slowing their spending spree on U.S. real estate.

August 12, 2016 - Bloomberg

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Counting the Indicators of a Deflating California Real Estate Bubble

Canceled projects, price discounts, and increased incentives to buyers are already showing up in real estate developments in key U.S. regions, writes estate and affordable housing adviser Michael P. Russell. He reviews some key indicators.

July 7, 2016 - UrbDeZine

The Trouble With Using GDP to Measure Economic Growth

Following recent bad news about the sluggish growth of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), the Brooking Institution reminds policy makers that growth does not necessarily trickle down to economic well-being.

February 1, 2016 - Brookings Institution

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.