Jane Jacobs

The 100 Most Influential Urbanists, Past and Present

Planetizen readers have decided the who's who of urbanism (and its discontents) in 2023.

July 11, 2023 - Planetizen

Rosa Parks, Jane Jacobs, Frederick Law Olmsted

Vote for the Most Influential Urbanists, Past and Present

Readers sent hundreds of nominees for an updated version of Planetizen's Most Influential Urbanists list. Now's your chance to vote among 200 nominees.

June 29, 2023 - Planetizen

San Francisco, California

Ranking the Top 15-Minute Cities of the United States

The rankings in a recent report are about the potential of U.S. cities to become more like the 15-minute city model provided by Paris.

August 19, 2021 - The Urbanist

Dog Days of Summer

Ranking the Best Cities for Dog Parks

A lawn service company has created a ranking of the U.S. cities with the best dog parks.

July 11, 2021 - LawnStarter

Madison Bike

Watch: The Errors Behind 'Best Cities' Rankings

Despite its long history of ranking the best cities to live in the United States, Money Magazine should not be cited as an authority on the matter, according to this video.

November 17, 2020 - City Beautiful

Hiking in Nature

The Happiest State in America

According to a new study, Hawaii is the happiest state in the U.S. in 2020.

October 12, 2020 - Travel + Leisure

LA Ciclavia

What Determines the Public Health Outcomes of Cities?

There's no one no defining attribute that determines whether a city is healthy or not, as a growing and evolving body of research shows.

February 27, 2020 - Kayla Matthews

Interstate 15

States, Ranked by Quality of Transportation and Infrastructure

The U.S. News World and Report, better known for ranking colleges and universities, recently released a ranking of state transportation systems.

May 31, 2019 - U.S. News & World Report

Second Avenue Subway

Ranking the Sustainability of Transportation Systems in North American Cities

Out of 23 cities, New York City came in first, Indianapolis came in 23rd.

November 1, 2017 - Smart Cities Dive

Seattle, Washington

The Best and Worst States for Bikes

The 2017 "Bicycle Friendly State Ranking" list is here.

October 27, 2017 - League of American Bicyclists

Rodents Vermin

The City With the Most Rats Is...

It's the day everyone has been waiting for! The 2017 "Rattiest Cities" list has been announced.

October 18, 2017 - The Washington Post

Tokyo Blur

Ranking the Safest Cities in the World—Tokyo Leads the List

The Economist's Intelligence Unit has released its 2017 Safe Cities Index.

October 13, 2017 - Quartz

Portland Bike

Ranking the States by Bike Friendliness

The League of American Bicyclists publishes a Bicycle Friendly State ranking as part of its Bicycle Friendly State program.

March 30, 2017 - Next City

Park Fountain

Where Millennials Are Entering the Homebuying Market

LendingTree ranks the most popular cities for Millennial homebuyers.

March 25, 2017 - LendingTree

Allagash Brewing

Friday Fun: The Top 50 Breweries in America

The Brewers Association's annual list of top 50 craft brewing companies is sure to inspire debate this St. Patrick's Day, and every other day ending in y.

March 17, 2017 - Brewers Association

Dolores Park

Most Livable Cities Revisited

This "livable cities" ranking considers transit, walkability, and bikeability.

March 9, 2017 - Michael Lewyn

Seattle Public Art

Waking Up to Seattle's New Density

Census data shows that Seattle jumped Baltimore to become the country's tenth most densely populated city. Is Seattle on the cusp of a changing of the guard when it comes to density and population growth?

February 9, 2016 - The Seattle Times

Trulia Ranks the Best and Worst Neighborhoods for Renters to Park

The availability of parking can make or break opinions of neighborhoods, and renters are especially likely to be impacted by parking difficulties.

January 15, 2016 - Trulia

Beware of Energy Rankings for Cities

In a special "Energy for Tomorrow" report, The New York Times looks at "clean city rankings" of energy efficiency and land use. But ranking cities is no easy task—"winners on one list may appears as sinners on another."

December 10, 2015 - The New York Times - Energy & Environment

Cat Selfie

Meow We're Talking: Ranking Cities by Number of Cat Ladies

Nielsen Scarborough released new market data this week that revealed the cities with the highest percentage of single women who live along with at least one cat.

November 20, 2015 - The Seattle Times

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

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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.