Central Valley

3 Myths About Rural America and How to Debunk Them

The effort to debunk common myths about rural America in academia and the news media continues.

November 16, 2020 - Urban Institute

Planning, Explaiined

Urban Planning, Explained

Planetizen and Planetizen Courses teamed up to film this short video that aims to clarify the field of urban planning in a world full of plans and planning.

November 11, 2019 - Planetizen Courses via YouTube

New York City Zoning Map

Zoning Codes, Explained

Looking for a way to describe zoning codes, and their role in city planning, to a newcomer to the field? Maybe start here.

August 7, 2019 - CityLab

Lost Our Home

The Four Kinds of Housing that Help the Homeless

Projects to add housing resources to help give homeless people a roof over the head have run into all sorts of public opposition—often times fueled by ignorance of how different kinds of homeless housing options work.

July 11, 2019 - Voice of San Diego

A Public Service Announcement to Explain Newfangled Bike Infrastructure

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation set up a website to explain the new rules of the multi-modal road.

May 31, 2018 - Montgomery County Department of Transportation

Shipping Container Text

Explained: The Jargon of Housing Policy

Definitions of 17 commonly misunderstood housing policy terms.

April 7, 2018 - Strong Towns

New York Apartments

Explained: Community Land Trusts

Wondering what a Community Land Trust is? Look no further.

January 22, 2018 - Marketwatch


Explained: Mobility as a Service

Mobility as a Service, or MaaS for short, is a buzzword you've probably seen a lot of in recent months.

December 6, 2017 - Eno Center for Transportation

Shared Street

Video Explainer: The Magic of Shared Streets

Most people would probably assume a shared street, with no signs, lanes, or other regulatory infrastructure, is an accident waiting to happen. More and more cities are proving the opposite.

December 1, 2017 - Vox on YouTube


What's a Stroad and Why Do Stroads Matter?

An explainer post on that much-lamented feature of contemporary communities—the stroad.

October 31, 2017 - Strong Towns

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.