Urban Planning

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Did the Pandemic Spur Radical Urban Change?

The Covid era highlighted social inequities and prompted new paradigms for urbanism and mobility. Will they stick around?

February 14, 2024 - LinkedIn

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City Profile: Los Angeles

A diverse city with diverse challenges, Los Angeles is characterized by unique neighborhood nodes and as a center of global trade and entertainment.

January 26, 2024 - Planetizen

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City Profile: Houston

Infamous for its lack of zoning codes, this east Texas port city grew thanks to the energy industry and an abundance of developable land.

January 26, 2024 - Planetizen

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Planning Year in Review 2023: Zoning Reform, a Rail Revolution, and Climate Realities

Last year’s most talked-about planning issues and news.

January 8, 2024 - Diana Ionescu

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Mitchell Silver, FAIP, Kicks Off Season 3 of the Planning Commission Podcast

Former APA President and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver reflects on a career spent planning for people.

December 28, 2023 - The Planning Commission Podcast

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Planning for the Snow and an Open Right of Way

The Planning Commission Podcast presents their Chrismas episode.

December 27, 2023 - The Planning Commission Podcast

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All We Want for the Holidays is…

Here are a dozen timely gift ideas for creating better communities.

December 15, 2023 - Todd Litman

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Planetizen’s Top Posts of 2023

The most-read articles on Planetizen in 2023.

December 14, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

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Planetizen’s Top Planning Books of 2023

The world is changing, and planning with it.

November 24, 2023 - Planetizen Team

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Opinion: The Arrogance of Social Media Urbanists

Criticism of ‘bad’ urban design and development policies leveled at ‘planners’ often obscures the complex nature of urban politics and land use regulations.

October 17, 2023 - Christopher Holtkamp

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Bringing Planning Back to the People

Has the profession given in to corporate interests, and is there another way forward?

October 3, 2023 - Yes Magazine

Aerial view of Le Corbusier-designed Cité Radieuse in Marseilles, France.

What Is the City of Tomorrow?

The City of Tomorrow is the English name given to an early work of urban design by Le Corbusier, who, throughout his career, evolved a concept of city planning firmly based in rationality and order.

August 21, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

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Note to Companies: Hire Urban Planners

An argument for the value of including planners in industries far beyond city planning.

August 10, 2023 - The Handbuilt City

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Youth, Inexperience, and a Sense of Mission

Forty years ago this week, I arrived in Tallahassee to take my first full-time university job. It was a nervous moment. After nearly eight years of graduate school, I was about to learn if I was any good at the career I'd prepared so long to begin.

August 10, 2023 - Bruce Stiftel

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The Most Influential Contemporary Urbanists

The 100 people making an impact on planning and cities today.

August 2, 2023 - Planetizen

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Back to School: Planetizen’s Top 10 Master’s Programs for Urban Planners

Planetizen’s Editorial Director James Brasuell joins the Planning Commission Podcast to discuss their new list of the Top 10 Schools for Urban Planners.

July 26, 2023 - The Planning Commission Podcast

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Podcast Shows Urban Planning Is Anything But Dull

“Urban Planning is Not Boring” is a podcast created by USC alumni Samantha Ellman and Natalie Ikhrata which highlights just how fascinating the field of planning can be.

July 7, 2023 - The Daily Trojan

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A Planning Commission Podcast Journey: The 1,000 Joys of Planning

The Commissioners explore the facets of the planning profession that fill their cups with joy.

June 4, 2023 - The Planning Commission Podcast

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Most Influential Urbanists: Call for Nominees

Change doesn’t happen accidentally. Who are the people shaping cities and communities through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond?

May 11, 2023 - Planetizen

New York Development

What Is Upzoning?

Upzoning is a term used to describe changes to a zoning code made to increase the amount of development allowed in the future.

March 31, 2021 - James Brasuell

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.