Interactive Tools

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Digital Tool ‘Gamifies’ Planning Decisions

Interactive platforms help stakeholders visualize and understand the challenges faced by planners in distributing new housing construction, building infrastructure, and other projects.

August 14, 2022 - Bloomberg

Seattle, Washington

Measuring Job Densification Trends in U.S. Metropolitan Areas

A new report details the trend of jobs densification in U.S. metropolitan areas between 2004 and 2015, finding a few large metropolitan areas leading an overall increase in jobs density. Still, many areas are seeing jobs disperse around the region.

June 20, 2019 - Brookings Institution

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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

A New Online Tool for Charting a Path to Sustainability

A new interactive research tool will make it easier for communities to build sustainability into their urban development plans.

July 1, 2018 - vizzuality

Interactive Feature

Who Recycles in Cincinnati?

A new CincyInsights dashboard shows recycling participation rates all over the city.

July 22, 2017 - City of Cincinnati

Main Street

New Web Based Tool Helps to 'Design Your Town'

A new tool produced by the Regional Plan Association, the Orange County Department of Planning, the Pace University Land Use Law Center, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy offers a starting point for people with big ideas.

June 12, 2017 - Regional Plan Association

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Friday Fun: An Interactive Tool That Explains Floor Area Ratio

The Center for Urban Pedagogy's latest tool provides an easy and fun way to explain a difficult but critical concept: floor area ratio.

April 7, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Energy Factory II

A Real-Time Map of Global Air Pollution

A quick look at a real-time map of air pollution around the world shows how much healthier the air in the United States is than in China.

September 27, 2015 - CityLab

Toy or Tool: Urban Planning as Community Board Game

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Bob Pool profiles a project by Urban Planner James Rojas, who's constructed an 80-square-foot scale model of Long Beach that residents and business owners can tinker with to illustrate their own vision of the city.

January 11, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Interactive Map Documents Road Quality

A new interactive map shows wear-and-tear on city roads, color-coding where work needs to be done and where smooth rides can be found.

August 25, 2010 - Treehugger

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Department of Housing and Community Development

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Department of Housing and Community Development

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Department of Housing and Community Development

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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.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.