Stimulus Package

I-71 I-70 Columbus OH

The 'INVEST in America Act' Would Help States Kick the Highway Habit

While Congress debates its bipartisan infrastructure deal, a House-approved bill, the INVEST in America Act, waits in the wings with the potential to alter the direction of transportation planning in the United States.

July 20, 2021 - Politico

Birds Eye View of the George Washington Bridge

Updated: Strong Towns: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Would 'Make our Infrastructure Crisis Worse'

To some, the agreement promises too much funding for traditional infrastructure programs rather than 'adaptations and innovations.'

July 12, 2021 - Strong Towns

California State Capital

Direct Payment, Rent Relief, Homelessness Funding in Expanded 'California Comeback Plan'

Nearly 6 million Californians will receive $600 in economic stimulus checks as the state makes a plan to spend its surprise, massive budget surplus. $2.6 million for rent relief and $2 billion to pay utility bills are also planned.

May 11, 2021 - KQED

Transit Projects Create More Bang for the Buck

A new report from Smart Growth America finds that stimulus spending on public transit produced 70% more jobs per dollar than road spending.

February 7, 2011 - The Hill

The Short-Term Problem of the Stimulus Package

The short-term focus of the first year's worth of stimulus package spending could be creating long-term problem's for America's already troubled infrastructure, according to this review from the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>'s Blair Kamin.

February 22, 2010 - Chicago Tribune

More Bang For Your Buck From Transit Spending Over Highways

A new study shows that stimulus funds spent on public transportation were a more effective job creator than stimulus funds spent on highways.

December 18, 2009 - Smart Growth America blog

Sen. Tom Coburn Doesn't Get Bikes

On his blog, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood lambastes Senator Coburn for calling bike infrastructure wasteful.

December 11, 2009 - Welcome to the Fast Lane: The Official Blog of the US Secretary of Transportation

Isn't This How We Got Into This Mess in the First Place?

In the name of economic stimulus, the government has invested deeply in the very business (real estate) that was driving the economy down. Does that make sense? Streetsblog's Ryan Avent reports.

November 7, 2009 - Streetsblog

Cars and Houses Brought Back the Economy

The economy is up 3.5% in the 3rd quarter, thanks in large part to government subsidies for car and home buying. Otherwise, the impact of the stimulus has been muted, says The Washington Times.

November 1, 2009 - The Washington Times

Intermountain West: Off the Map for HSR Plans

Planners from Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Reno met this week to discuss plans for high-speed rail between their cities, since they've been left off the map of potential corridors to be funded by the stimulus package.

October 9, 2009 - The Arizona Republic

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.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.