Mayor Martin J. Walsh

New York Construction

Planning Stops in New York City; Same for Construction in Boston

Planning and building the future will have to wait.

March 17, 2020 - NYC Planning


Bribery Scandal Leads to Zoning Board Reforms in Boston

The planning approvals process took a black eye in Boston last year, when a bribery scandal sent a Boston Planning and Development Agency staffer to jail.

February 25, 2020 - The Boston Globe

Boston Skyline with Dome

Boston Plans to Put $26 Million Toward Affordable Housing Projects

A new initiative will fund 10 new developments as the city works to increase available affordable housing.

February 26, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes Plastic Bag Ban After Killing New York City's Bag Law

The Democratic governor proposed a ban on single-use plastic bags in his state-of-the-state address on Jan. 15. Nearly two years earlier, he signed a bill that prevented New York City from charging for bags as the District of Columbia and Boston do.

January 23, 2019 - The New York Times

Boston Seaport

Boston Unveils New Shoreline Resilience Plan

With the news of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report predicting dire consequences of climate change and seal level rise still fresh, the city of Boston has released a plan for how it will shore up its coastline.

October 19, 2018 - The Architect's Newspaper


Foreign Firm Wants to Bring Privately Run Student Housing to Boston

The British firm Scape says it wants to spend $1 billion to build privately operated student housing in Boston. Unaffiliated with any one school, the concept is already popular in London.

October 12, 2018 - The Boston Globe


Boston Mayor Wants to Limit Short-Term Rentals

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh thinks short-term rental companies like Airbnb are having a negative effect on the city's housing market, and he'll walk a fine line to regulate the industry.

May 11, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Downtown Boston

Preparing Boston for Future Floods

Boston Mayor, Martin Walsh's, climate change plan is one of the most thorough in the country. The question remains: Will any of the plan be put into action?

January 6, 2017 - Next City

A 'Pop-Up Plaza' in Boston Tests Big Ideas

Tactical urbanism is getting a high-profile test run in Boston.

September 1, 2016 - The Boston Globe

Boston Public Library

The Mayor of Boston Suggests a List of Planning Books to Prepare for 'Boston 2030'

What better way to prepare for the city of Boston's first comprehensive planning process in over 50 years that a list of some of the best books on the subject of planning?

August 29, 2016 -


Boston Sets a Citywide Default Speed Limit of 25 MPH

Finally by the state of Massachusetts to set its own speed limits, Boston moved quickly to reduce to reduce its default speed limit to 25 mph.

August 26, 2016 -

Back Bay Boston

Market Not Cooperating With Boston's Housing Goals

Just because the public sector has set a goal to deliver thousands of new workforce housing units, doesn’t mean the market, or the private sector for that matter, will cooperate.

July 25, 2016 - The Boston Globe

Boston Mayor Considering Shoup-Style Makeover for Downtown Parking

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Chris Osgood, the latter Boston's new "chief of streets," are looking to San Francisco as a model of dynamic parking.

September 25, 2015 - The Boston Globe

Boston Redevelopment Authority Preparing for 2015 Building Boom

The Boston Globe reports on a year of massive investments, as well as sweeping changes in leadership, taking place in the offices of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

January 1, 2015 - The Boston Globe

Boston Mayor Plugs Into Big Data

New Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has installed a large data dashboard in his office to track the performance of everything from city services, hot line call volume, and social media sentiment.

March 21, 2014 - The Boston Globe

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.