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Bringing Planning Back to the People

Has the profession given in to corporate interests, and is there another way forward?

October 3, 2023 - Yes Magazine

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The Most Influential Contemporary Urbanists

The 100 people making an impact on planning and cities today.

August 2, 2023 - Planetizen

Video Games

City-Building Video Games for Planners

Hopefully you got one of these games as a gift today. If not, don’t worry. There are a lot of other occasions to celebrate—maybe try the day after Christmas?

December 25, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

City Planners

AICP Certification Maintenance Program to Include Equity Requirement

Two new mandatory topic areas will be required of AICP members to maintain professional certification.

January 13, 2021 - American Planning Association


How Has COVID-19 Impacted Planners?

The pandemic has affected all of us in big and small ways. A park planner shares how his professional and personal lives have changed as a result of the coronavirus.

October 5, 2020 - Parks & Rec Business

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Sunday Fun: What's a Collective Noun for a Group of City Planners?

Stephen Quinn, host of CBC Radio One's popular morning show The Early Edition, offered a prompt to the Twitterverse last week and inspired plenty of creativity.

July 26, 2020 - Stephen Quinn via Twitter

Traffic Safety Advocates

Strategic Action for Affordable Housing: How Advocacy Organizations Accomplish Policy Change

Anaid Yerena of the University of Washington, Tacoma writes about a recent article she authored in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

January 10, 2020 - JPER

Bay Area Planner Accosted by Building Security

An extremely problematic encounter occurred last week when a black planner was accosted by security while taking photos of bike racks on the street outside of a luxury building.

December 18, 2019 - Curbed San Francisco

California State Capital

The Geography of Planning Work

The metropolitan areas with a lot of planning jobs, the highest paying planning jobs, and a growing number of planning jobs.

October 9, 2019 - CityLab

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Planning and the Public Trust

The Go Cultivate! podcast recently discussed the question of public trust in local government planning.

May 21, 2019 - Strong Towns


Self-Driving Cars Still Can't Recognize the Difference Between a Wedding Planner and an Urban Planner

Pundits agree that planners need to prepare for self-driving cars. Self-driving cars still need to prepare for planners.

April 1, 2019 - Planetizen April 1st Edition

Arlington County, Virginia

More Planning Staff Needed to Keep Up With the Amazon Boom in Northern Virginia

The arrival of Amazon's HQ2 facility in Northern Virginia is expected to multiply development investment in the area, requiring more planners to review project proposals.

February 26, 2019 - Washington Business Journal

Urban Careers

How the City Planners of Tomorrow Will Differ From City Planners Today

The world is changing, and city planners are changing along with it.

January 28, 2019 - Kayla Matthews

U.S. Capital

Year in Review: The APA's Advocacy Work in Washington, D.C.

The APA noted that the 115th Congress was "marked by divisive rhetoric, partisan stalemates, and threats to programs on which local communities rely." At the end of the year, however, it could still celebrate substantial victories.

December 26, 2018 - American Planning Association

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An Urban Planner in Butte, Montana

An exposé of a local urban planner isn't something you see every day—especially in Montana. Meet Julia Crain, of Butte, Montana.

October 30, 2018 - Montana Standard

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Video Series Highlights the Employees of the New York Department of City Planning

The New York Department of City Planning (DCP) released the first in a series of videos introducing DCP staffers to the world.

September 28, 2018 - NYC Planning

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How a City Planner Plays SimCity

A gaming video on the popular City Beautiful YouTube channel shows of the Sim City skills of a professional city planner.

August 7, 2018 - City Beautiful

Angry Public Meeting

Acknowledging the Emotional Abuse Facing Planners

A professor of planning calls out the emotional abuse facing planners—from professional colleagues in related fields, from elected officials, and from the public.

August 6, 2018 - Lisa Schweitzer


Seattle Planning Director Pursues Equity Amid a Pro-Growth Agenda

An interview with Seattle Planning Director Sam Assefa for the latest installment of the "Planners Across America" series.

June 4, 2018 - Josh Stephens

Leslie Knope

Pop Culture Hasn't Been Kind to Planning Lately

A post for the Market Urbanism website says planning is entering Season Three with no guarantees it will catch on with audiences.

February 13, 2018 - Market Urbanism

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.