Smartphones

Feature
March 14, 2018, 5am PDT
We're updating the annual Top Apps for Planning list, and we want your input.
Planetizen
January 7, 2018, 11am PST
Los Angeles is planning to join the ranks of cities that will allow transit fare payment by smartphone app. The scope of benefits offered by app-based fare payment is still under development.
Curbed Los Angeles
November 5, 2017, 1pm PST
The Regional Transportation District hopes that the ability to pay transit fares by smartphone will remove the frustration of waiting in line and searching for correct change.
The Denver Post
October 24, 2017, 6am PDT
Bloomberg links the uptick in traffic fatalities throughout the United States to rising smartphone use while driving.
Bloomberg
August 28, 2017, 12pm PDT
Introducing the Hop Fastpass system.
The Oregonian
February 17, 2016, 9am PST
Get this guide for 21 apps and services for enjoying the city of Los Angeles to its fullest, whether you're a resident or a visitor.
Netted
Blog post
January 11, 2016, 5am PST
A snow storm came through overnight, your street hasn't been cleared. When can you expect to have your street cleared? Cities are increasingly providing snowplow tracking information to residents.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Blog post
April 3, 2015, 2pm PDT
Many smartphone users have a fitness app that they use to track their routes and progress on fitness goals. The data in these apps is a gold mine for planners, helping lead to better infrastructure investments.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
September 22, 2014, 11am PDT
Citing anecdotal evidence from Montgomery County, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and China, a Washington Post article argues that cell phones are creating public safety concerns.
The Washington Post
September 16, 2014, 5am PDT
In both a literal and figurative sign of the times, the Chinese city of Chongqing recently installed signage and marking to segregate pedestrian traffic between smartphone users and those walking free of such technological distractions.
The Washington Post
Blog post
January 11, 2014, 6am PST
We have compiled a list of mobile apps to support planning, as part of our annual update. Learn about exciting new ways to explore cities and enhance planning via mobile apps. Please feel free to add your own favorites.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
December 29, 2013, 7am PST
Outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that New York’s drivers will soon be able to pay for street parking via their smartphones after a successful pilot project undertaken in the Bronx.
Politicker
October 14, 2013, 10am PDT
The role of photography in urban planning should not be underestimated. Visual communication is incredibly important and powerful. Michael Heater provides a guide to using photos to remember, inspire, and create.
APA
October 2, 2013, 6am PDT
A new report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund looks at how innovations in technology and social networking are changing the country's transportation landscape, and contributing to the decline in driving.
The Atlantic Cities
September 20, 2013, 6am PDT
On Wednesday, California became the first state in the nation to adopt rules for ridesharing. Several cities (including New York, L.A., and D.C.) have struggled to tame the bourgeoning industry amid protests by entrenched taxi interest groups.
Los Angeles Times
September 6, 2013, 1pm PDT
Portland launches first U.S. mobile ticketing apps to enable mass transit riders to buy tickets with their iPhone and Android smartphones.
Engadget
Blog post
January 25, 2013, 1pm PST
For my annual update of the apps that support planning I've compiled a list of the latest applications for sharing information, visualizations, sensing, predicting, supporting decision making, crowdsourcing, and engaging.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
October 9, 2012, 12pm PDT
With three-quarters of smartphone owners accessing real-time location-based information, the biggest names in technology - from Apple to Google - are working to mine the value of location-based data. Can local governments do the same?
Governing
Feature
September 4, 2012, 4pm PDT

Mobile applications (apps) are gaining in popularity as tools for increasing participation in local governance and planning, and are opening up new possibilities for planners to tap into th

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Brittany Kubinski
June 5, 2012, 5am PDT
Vancouver will attempt to address urban clutter with innovative multifunctional utility poles that house Wi-Fi and telecom services, as well as other amenities, designed by none other than famed novelist Douglas Coupland.
National Post