Redesigning Streets for Livability: A Global View

An excerpt from the introduction of the recent book, “Streets For All: 50 Strategies for Shaping Resilient Cities,” edited by Vinayak Bharne and Shyam Khandekar.

January 18, 2023 - Vinayak Bharne

Runner passing the Chicago Theater are blurred as they pass by the camera for a race on the streets of Downtown Chicago.

Nascar Set to Race the Streets of Chicago Starting in 2023

Nascar races are a series of loops. Chicago has The Loop. Chicago also has a heated debate about traffic safety that probably doesn't have room for sponsored cars doing speeds upward of 100.

July 21, 2022 - Forbes

Delivery Trucks

How Street Configuration Impacts Equity

With urban pollution and traffic violence disproportionately affecting communities of color, better management of public space and streets could improve equity in cities.

October 25, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

George Floyd

Oklahoma House Approves Protections for Drivers Who Hit Protestors

A heated debate and a party line vote in Oklahoma.

March 12, 2021 - The Oklahoman

Juneteenth Protests

How Oakland Is Fixing its Pandemic Planning Equity Problem

The Oakland Slow Streets program, one of the most controversial developments of the early pandemic, has evolved to become the Essential Places initiative, thanks to new planning practices and a commitment to equity in Oakland, California.

November 16, 2020 - We Are Not Divided

Food Delivery Robot

Are Delivery Robots on Their Way to a Neighborhood Near You?

Amazon and FedEx are developing bots that would travel on city streets and sidewalks. The companies are also working behind the scenes on legislative efforts that would help them deploy the technology in the future.

August 30, 2020 - Wired


Legalizing Street Play

A Baltimore city councilmember thinks the city has misplace priority on parking by making it illegal to play in the street.

February 12, 2020 - WYPR

Portland Street

'No Crossing' Signs in Portland Limit the Public Way, Say Critics

In Portland, Oregon, transportation advocates are questioning the justifications for crosswalk closures in the city.

September 17, 2019 - BikePortland

Street Closure

Rethinking Downtown Streets in a Revitalizing Pittsburgh

With $5.2 billion of investment in the past 10 years, and another $3.5 billion in the development pipeline, Pittsburgh planning organizations are considering ways to rethink the streets of the city's downtown.

July 23, 2019 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chicago Transit Authority

'Bus Priority Zones' Program Launching in Chicago

The city of Chicago will address some of the street configuration issues that plague bus service on its most-heavily used corridors.

April 25, 2019 - Mass Transit

Oslo Street

In Oslo, Streets for People, Not Cars

New measures will greatly reduce vehicle traffic in the city center as Oslo moves to put pedestrians, cyclists, and air quality before cars.

December 25, 2018 - The New York Times

Tour et Taxis, Thurn en Taxis

Friday Fun: Ceci N’est Pas une Rue

When allowing a crowd to decide the name of something important, make sure to add a layer of self-control.

August 24, 2018 - Quartz

Boise, Idao

A Call to 'Reconnect With Our Streets'

Allison Arieff writes a passionate plea for Americans to ditch the car and reconnect with pedestrian experiences. There's even a car company helping pave the way for a new approach to streets.

July 17, 2018 - The New York Times

New York City

New from PBS: '10 Streets That Changed America'

PBS examines the built environment through its series "10 That Changed America." The latest episode will look at the "10 Streets That Changed America."

July 9, 2018 - Curbed

Brazos River

APA-Texas Acknowledges the Great Places of the Lone Star State

There are a lot of great places to celebrate in Texas, and the state chapter of the American Planning Association is in the second year of a program that calls attention to the role of planners in making them happen.

April 3, 2018 - Great Places in Texas Announcement


New Report: Rethinking Streets in an Era of Driverless Cars

"Rethinking Streets in an Era of Driverless Cars" presents ideas about how city planners, policy makers and community residents can begin thinking about street transformation in an AV era.

February 1, 2018 - Sustainable Cities Initiative

urban park

Embracing the Future of City Streets

Streets will have to evolve, again.

January 30, 2018 - New York Magazine


What's a Stroad and Why Do Stroads Matter?

An explainer post on that much-lamented feature of contemporary communities—the stroad.

October 31, 2017 - Strong Towns

Amsterdam Wedding

Weddings on the Street

Wedding photographers are fond of taking post-nuptial photos on quaint Main Streets, but rarely on the commercial strip. Here's why.

January 6, 2017 - Community Builders

Traffic and Speed

Explained: Calculating Vehicle Impacts on Road Surfaces

Pedal Fort Collins explains the math used to calculate the impacts of various sized vehicles on the roads they travel.

May 20, 2016 - Pedal Fort Collins

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.