Interactive Maps

New York Construction

New Interactive Mapping Tool Tracks all of NYC's Infrastructure Projects, Housing Permits, and City Facilities

The New York Department of City Planning has taken its open data practices to a new level with the launch of the Capital Planning Explorer.

December 27, 2021 - New York Department of City Planning

A map showing a heat map that represents commute times in an urban area.

Smart Growth Loves Heatmaps

Smart growth can provide many important benefits that are easy to see using informative and beautiful heatmaps—our complex world as viewed by all-knowing gods.

September 20, 2021 - Todd Litman

William Penn

Using Artificial Intelligence to Map Telecommuting Prevalence

In the Philadelphia region, residents of wealthier neighborhoods will be more likely to work from home in the future, thus altering travel patterns and transit usage, according to a new mapping project powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

September 9, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Subway Map

The New York Subway Map, Explained

An interactive feature reveals the origins and design choices of the New York Subway map.

December 4, 2019 - The New York Times

Los Angeles Traffic - The Newhall Pass

A Detailed Map of the Nation's Auto Emissions

The New York Times illustrates the scope and scale of the great project still facing the United States: to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector of its economy.

October 11, 2019 - The New York Times

Portland Food Carts

The 'Economic Value Atlas': A New Tool for Assessing Economic Development

In an effort to generate a new approach to economic development and infrastructure investment, the Brookings Institution has developed a new "Economic Value Atlas."

June 7, 2019 - Brookings Institution

Pierce Transit

Compare Transit Ridership in U.S. Cities

A new interactive tool called Transit Insights offers access to the local trends of transit ridership.

April 24, 2019 - TransitCenter


New Tool Puts Miami Development Opportunities on the Map

There's plenty of vacant or underutilized land to be found in Miami-Dade County, if you know where and how to look.

April 18, 2019 - Miami Herald

Tassafaronga Village Oakland California

Interactive Mapping Tool Illustrates the Impact of California's Big Housing Bill

University of California, Berkeley researchers have mapped the impact of SB 50, a bill that would allow new density around train stations and bus stops in cities all over the state of California.

April 10, 2019 - Curbed Los Angeles

March for Environmental Justice

Deep Economic and Racial Injustice Found in California Pollution Exposure

A new study confirms the facts of environment justice that has long been common knowledge in affected communities. Now the evidence can be mapped, as well.

February 15, 2019 - Union Of Concerned Scientists

Clear-Sky Flood

Interactive Maps of Flooding Risks Offer New Climate Planning Tools

"Neighborhoods at Risk" offers new tools for illustrating the threats posed to communities by climate change.

February 12, 2019 - Headwaters Economics


Mapping Change – A New Interactive Tool for Boston

The latest example of the Internet's power to make deliver data and maps to the masses, produced by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

February 5, 2019 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Jersey City

Visualizing Density in New Jersey

An interactive map shows the surprising density of the Garden State.

January 30, 2019 -

Interactive Maps

Top Planning Websites – 2018

Planetizen's annual list of the most useful and innovative websites by and for planners (and every person interested in planning).

December 19, 2018 - James Brasuell and Chris Steins


Mapping the Pacific Northwest's Changing Population

The Oregonian has published a new interactive mapping feature that allows users to map demographic changes to the Census tract level through Oregon and Washington.

December 7, 2018 - The Oregonian

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Mapped: Racial Demographics, Down to the Census Block

An interactive map created by National Geographic creates a detailed look at the racial makeup of the United States.

October 24, 2018 - National Geographic

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

District By District, Maps Trace Neighborhood Opportunity Across the U.S.

Down to the level of individual census tracts, a team of researchers has developed national maps showing where upward mobility is probable, and where it isn't.

October 10, 2018 - The New York Times

Washington D.C. Row Houses

Mapping D.C.'s Affordable Housing Investment

The District has created thousands of affordable homes, but analysts see a need for more targeted intervention.

September 25, 2018 - D.C. Financial Policy Institute

Urban Grid Logic

Chart Your City's Street Network to Understand its Logic

The roads in your city might conform to a grid, or they might divert around natural resources or landmarks. A new tool aims to help you visualize the "hidden logic" behind urban growth.

August 14, 2018 - CityLab

Van Ness Bus Rapid TRansit

Mapping All of San Francisco's Transit-Related Projects

A new interactive map keeps residents up to date on where the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is working on new projects.

August 10, 2018 - San Francisco Examiner

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

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.