March 9, 2021, 7am PST
One common scapegoat for rising pedestrian death rates is "distracted walking." But there is little reason to believe that smartphone-wielding pedestrians are a major cause of roadway carnage.
February 19, 2020, 5am PST
Using a wagon filled with phones, an artist in Berlin demonstrated the disconnect between data and the real world.
February 16, 2020, 11am PST
Dockless bikes offer the unexpected and help users navigate and understand the urban environment in new and different ways.
January 1, 2020, 11am PST
According to the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, smart phone technology enabled the most profound changes in Philadelphia during the 2010s.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 29, 2019, 5am PDT
Insights into the mobile app technology used in the practice and study of planning.
May 9, 2019, 5am PDT
The implementation of 5G Internet infrastructure raises fundamental questions about how private companies operate in the public realm. Don't expect easy answers.
May 31, 2018, 5am PDT
Planetizen is pleased to present the best of the latest crop of mobile apps by planners and for planners.
March 14, 2018, 5am PDT
We're updating the annual Top Apps for Planning list, and we want your input.
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.
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.
October 24, 2017, 6am PDT
Bloomberg links the uptick in traffic fatalities throughout the United States to rising smartphone use while driving.
August 28, 2017, 12pm PDT
Introducing the Hop Fastpass system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.