View of busy street at night with full moon in background in Stockholm, Sweden

The Rise of the ‘Night Mayor’

More cities are acknowledging the unique role of nighttime activities in urban life and the need for special ‘night governance.’

June 5, 2023 - Governing

A statue of the Little Mermaid, overlooking the waterfront of Copenhagen, Denmark, is adorned with a mask during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Geography: Denmark Could Be an Omicron Harbinger

Denmark is one of three countries that experts suggest watching to determine how the Omicron wave will affect the U.S. and other well-vaccinated nations. Cases are surging notwithstanding having 78% of its population fully vaccinated.

December 27, 2021 - The Washington Post

Smart City Apps and Intelligent Lighting Controls from Current by GE

New Opportunities for Big Data in Pandemic-Era Urban Planning

Big data startups and corporations are collecting information that can help planners make informed decisions about how to facilitate social distancing. Will planners center data-driven decisions in other planning processes?

July 6, 2020 - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Neighborhood-Based Apps

Nextdoor Getting Cozy With Local Officials

CityLab investigates the practices of company officials at Nextdoor to cultivate relationships with police and local officials.

May 28, 2020 - CityLab

Surveillance Technology

Will Infrastructure Planners Become Responsible for Facial Recognition Systems?

Facial recognition offers both benefits and risks. Planners can have a role in ensuring more of the former than the latter.

April 1, 2020 - Kayla Matthews

Security Camera

New Orleans 'Smart City' Program Would Install Video Cameras in Public

The video cameras would be used to collect data on street light outages, but could also potentially used by police in the city's crime surveillance program.

February 27, 2020 - The Lens

Security Cameras

Use of Private Surveillance Grows With the Help of Cheap AI Tech

As the technology gets cheaper, AI surveillance systems are gaining popularity in some parts of the country, like the neighborhood of Magnolia in Seattle.

December 9, 2019 - The Seattle Times

Smart City

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Smart City

Technology is infiltrating every aspect of our lives, but, according to this article, we shouldn't underestimate the nefarious role it plays in urban spaces.

November 22, 2019 - Real Life

Transportation Network Companies

Uber Could Record Rides in the U.S.

Uber wants to launch a program in the United States soon that would allow users to consent to an audio recording of their ride.

November 21, 2019 - The Washington Post

Smart City Apps and Intelligent Lighting Controls from Current by GE

Which U.S. Cities Have the Most Surveillance?

Atlanta has more surveillance residents per resident than any other U.S. city.

September 23, 2019 - Route Fifty


The Car-Centric World and the Ongoing Expansion of Police Powers

While cars are still equated with freedom of mobility and personal liberty, they've also offered courts the chance to expand police powers in the public realm, time and time again.

July 23, 2019 - The Atlantic

New York City WiFi

'Smart Cities' and Surveillance

The big city isn't such an anonymous place anymore.

June 30, 2019 - The New York Times

Smart City Apps and Intelligent Lighting Controls from Current by GE

San Diego Adding 4,200 IoT Sensors to City Streets

Details emerged this week of a massive "Internet of Things" (IoT) project in San Diego, California.

November 17, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

Security Camera

Homeland Security Grants Aim to Harden Transit

Amtrak and a range of big city transit agencies have received federal grants to upgrade their security in the face of terrorism.

September 12, 2018 - Progressive Railroading

Body Scanners

Airport-Style Body Scanners Coming to L.A.'s Rail System

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be it the first in the country to deploy body scanners on its rail system.

August 16, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Security Camera

New Surveillance Technology Gathers Plenty of Data, but Who Has Access?

As new technology for data collection becomes available to police departments around the country, concerns grow about what is being collected and who has access.

August 15, 2018 - Voice of San Diego


Portland Installing 200 Sensors in the Name of Traffic Safety

Portland is hoping better vehicle and pedestrian counts, produced by high-tech sensors place on street light poles, can help deliver on Vision Zero promises.

June 19, 2018 - The Oregonian

Parking Meter

'Smart' Parking Meters Issue Tickets From Afar

More tickets, fewer meter maids.

June 18, 2018 - NorthJersey

Times Square

Beacon / Bunker

Kris Graves photographs all 77 NYPD precincts from Tottenville to Edenwald, looking to these buildings—sometimes humble, sometimes imposing—for the face and footprint of law and order in the neighborhood.

March 10, 2018 - Urban Omnibus

Security cameras on a building

Cities and Surveillance

For six years, New Orleans police have been using a secret program that uses social media to locate violent criminals.

March 7, 2018 - CityLab

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.