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Visualizing Worst-Case Scenario Sea Level Rise on the Texas Coast

Much of the state political leadership in Texas has been slow to accept the existence of climate change, much less the role of the state's economy, land use, and infrastructure planning in exacerbating the crisis. Maybe this will help wake them up?

June 7, 2019 - My San Antonio

Pickerington, Ohio

Retail Parking: A View from Google Earth

Google Earth can be a useful tool for understanding how parking is being used in your community and to identify where over- or under-utilization occurs.

February 16, 2016 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

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Using Google Earth to Understand Parking Utilization

As planners we use maps on a daily basis. This article shares how to find the date and time that a Google Earth image was taken, which can be helpful in undertaking site analysis and understanding parking utilization.

January 4, 2015 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Watch North America's Cities Grow Up

A Canadian real estate startup has created striking animated 3-D visualizations of the evolution of the skylines in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.

July 10, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Mapping Chicago's Growing Cornucopia of Urban Gardens

In Chicago, like in many cities, local food production comes in many forms, from small backyard crops to community gardens. Researchers are now using Google Earth to paint a more accurate picture of food production at different scales.

January 13, 2013 - NPR

How Well do You Know the World?

<em>The Atlantic</em> offers a brain teaser tailor made for the readers of Planetizen.

May 28, 2012 - The Atlantic

Dutch Censorship is Drawn with Geometric Aesthetics

Samuel Medina describes how the Dutch use stylistic aesthetics to disguise sections of their satellite images to ward off national threats, as portrayed in Mishka Henner's new book, <em>Dutch Landscapes</em>.

May 5, 2012 - Architizer

Mapping Cities in India

With high development occurring in India, new mapping technologies can greatly help smart growth in the burgeoning country.

March 9, 2011 - The Wall Street Journal

Google Earth Reveals Un-Permitted Pools

A town in New York has been using satellite imagery from Google Earth to identify illegally-built pools.

August 5, 2010 - Associated Press

The 10 Most Important Maps in the World

This article from <em>The Daily Mail</em> takes a historical look at ten maps that changed the world.

June 2, 2010 - The Daily Mail

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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.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.