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The Surprising Ways Cities Work to Clean the Environment

Municipal programs and urban design offer cities multiple, perhaps surprising ways, to clean the environment.

March 28, 2021 - Devin Partida


Seeing the Street

A San Francisco-based design studio describes the thought process behind an effort to push outdoor lighting design beyond the lowest common denominator allowed by bureaucracy and status quo thinking.

October 18, 2020 - Nash Hurley

Nighttime Skyline

LEDs, Downward Lights Changing the Night in Chicago

The nighttime illumination of Chicago is almost finished with a complete overhaul of its streetlights, producing a dramatic effect in the nighttime environment of the city.

January 3, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Los Angeles Streetlights

San Diego Smart City Sensors Causing Controversy

Thousands of streetlight sensors are collecting a trove of data—from traffic counts to humidity levels—and advocacy groups say the city needs to be more transparent about how the data is being used and who has access to it.

December 28, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive


How the Lights in Our Cities Became Too Bright

“Why are lighting designers and experts nearly unified in their belief that outdoor lighting in past years has been excessive?”

May 7, 2018 - Metropolis Magazine


Study Sheds Light on the Effect of Streetlights on Crime

A study of the neighborhood and streets in the city of Houston finds that streetlights aren't always an effective crime deterrent.

August 16, 2017 - The Urban Edge

LED Lights

If LEDs Are Bad for Our Health, What Should Cities Do Now?

A report from the American Medical Association says LED lights are bad for our health, inspiring some cities to re-evaluate the technology.

September 26, 2016 - The Washington Post


Indianapolis: Where the Streets Have No Lights

The IndyStar shines a light on the city of Indianapolis' neglect of its infrastructure.

September 22, 2016 - Indystar

Indiana State Capital

Indianapolis Installing New Streetlights for the First Time in 35 Years

Indianapolis officials including Mayor Joe Hogsett gathered this week to celebrate the installation of the city's first new streetlight in 35 years.

June 10, 2016 - Indianapolis Business Journal

Tunnel Lights

Study: Street Lights Don't Reduce Crime

Pacific Standard shares news of a study that debunks a long-held assumption of public safety.

June 6, 2016 - Pacific Standard

Los Angeles Streetlights

Los Angeles Changes Color

Adam Rogers chronicles Los Angeles' long and intimate relationship with the electric light. The city's recent choice to adopt LED streetlights has transformed a classic nighttime into something new.

November 24, 2015 - BOOM: A Journal of California

New York Street Light

The Unexpected Unpleasantness of New York's New LED Street Lights

As New York rolls out its LED streetlights, one resident bemoans the ugly blue glow taking over the city.

October 27, 2015 - The New York Times

Ahead of Schedule: Detroit Wrapping Up Installation of 40,000 LED Streetlights

In perhaps the brightest sign yet of recovery, the Detroit Public Lighting Authority has made incredible progress on a project to install 40,000 LED streetlights around the city's residential neighborhoods.

June 16, 2015 - The Detroit News

Pedestrian Intersection

Intersection Designs that Prioritize Pedestrian Safety

Following the idea that pedestrian safety takes its cues from planners, Rachel Dovey's article on pedestrian safety lists six intersection designs that "actually prioritize pedestrians."

October 20, 2014 - Next City

How LEDs Re-Illuminate the Urban Night Sky

Forbes Magazine reflects on the importance and impacts of light-emitting diode (LED) lights as more cities replace their traditional streetlamps with LEDs.

September 19, 2014 - Forbes Magazine

Hacking Traffic Lights with a Laptop

A study by computer scientists from the University of Michigan shows how easy it is to hack and control traffic lights.

August 22, 2014 - Vox

Op-Ed: Comprehensive Plan Needed to Replace Dallas' Aging Traffic Lights

An editorial calls for a comprehensive plan to address Dallas' growing need to overhaul its streetlights—80 percent of which are now older than their recommended 25-year life span.

July 14, 2014 - Dallas News

The Dramatic Impact of LED Streetlights on Celluloid

Los Angeles recently completed a comprehensive installation of LED streetlights—and New York City is not far behind. Among the unintended consequences of the new technology? Cities will now look completely different on film.

February 4, 2014 - No Film School

What Happens When a City Turns Out the Lights?

Strapped for cash, cities across the US have decided to save money by turning off street lights. An investigative series documents the effect of all those darkened lights on crime and economic development in San Diego - home to a $30 million backlog.

August 1, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

'First They Tried to Make Moons': The Fascinating History of Electric Streetlights

When electricity was still in its infancy, municipal leaders turned to "moonlight towers" to provide mass illumination for their cities. Megan Garber explores the "brief and literally shining moment" in the history of electric streetlights.

March 7, 2013 - The Atlantic

Senior Planner

City of Kissimmee - Development Services

Planner II

City of Kissimmee - Development Services

Senior Travel Demand Modeler

Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

"Rethinking Commuter Rail" podcast & Intercity Bus E-News

Chaddick Institute at DePaul University

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.