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Designing Safer Cities

For women and other vulnerable groups, navigating the urban space can be fraught with real and perceived dangers.

November 19, 2023 - The Conversation

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Turning a Gendered Lens on Transportation

People of different genders, ages, and abilities experience transportation differently. But policies aren’t designed that way.

October 23, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Improving Gender Equality with Urban Planning

“It's a man's world” is not just a saying. As much as we are surrounded by societal structures that contribute to gender discrimination, we are often also surrounded by physical infrastructure that is just as limiting.

April 10, 2023 - Devin Partida

Passengers on a women's only subway car in Mexico City, Mexico

Mind the Gender Gap: Achieving Transit Equity Through a Gendered Perspective

How acknowledging the unique transportation needs of women can lead to more equitable, effective public transport service for all.

April 5, 2023 - Emma Chapman

Black and white photo of Los Angeles Metro Gold Line train pulling into above-ground station at night, with one woman passenger waiting on platform.

Fewer Women Riding Buses in Los Angeles

In a survey, riders expressed concern about safety, cleanliness, and timeliness on the region’s buses and trains.

November 10, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Women Public Space

Urban Design Through a Gender Lens

Building cities to be safe and accessible for women and LGBTQIA+ people has benefits for all users of public space.

August 11, 2022 - Architecture Daily

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How Cargo Bikes Can Help Women

Cargo bikes have proven an effective transport mode in cities around the world, but American women still hesitate to use them, citing safety concerns.

July 25, 2022 - Women Mobilize Women

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How a Feminist Perspective Can Make Cities Better for Everyone

An argument for embedding a feminist analysis into planning practice.

March 24, 2022 - Post Carbon Institute

Los Angeles Subway

Report: How L.A.'s Transportation System Fails Women

According to an LADOT study, the city's women face disproportionate barriers in accessing safe, efficient transportation.

August 11, 2021 - LAist

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Women Avoid Walking Due to Fear of Assault, Survey Says

A global survey shows that women around the world overwhelmingly cite fear of assault as the top reason for avoiding walking.

July 21, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Car-Centric Planning

4 Urban Planning Fails We Need to Correct in 2020

Here are four urban planning fails that should be near the top of the list as professionals assess what to address in 2020 and 2021.

September 25, 2020 - Devin Partida

Woman on Transit

A Detailed Look at Women's Urban Experiences

In Feminist City, geographer Leslie Kern describes the often invisible ways in which cities are unwelcome to women. It's an essential look at the urban gender divide, and it passionately calls for gender equity in the planning profession.

August 18, 2020 - California Planning & Development Report

Women in the City

What Would Cities Look Like if They Were Designed by Women?

Cities are built by men, and so too often urban design does not reflect the needs, perspectives, and realities of women.

November 11, 2019 - BBC


Gender Bias in Urban Systems

A list of all the ways cities and infrastructure are designed for men, and at the expense of women.

August 29, 2019 - Streetsblog USA

Bus Stop and Bike Lane

Op-Ed: Change the Bike Planning Calculus to Include Women's Safety

The gender gap in walking and biking is deep and wide in Seattle. Here's a call to action.

November 14, 2018 - Crosscut

Boston Aerial

Boston to Consider Workforce and Investor Diversity in Real Estate Decisions

Beginning this week, the city of Boston will ask developers how they plan to include women and minorities as workers and investors when putting city-owned real estate out for bid.

October 8, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Chicago Lake Michigan Trees

Study: Greenery Improves Quality and Length of Life

Living near vegetation appears to be linked to a longer life and better mental health—for women, at least.

May 5, 2017 - CNN

Construction Jobs

New York Public Art Focuses on the Women Who Build

Women in the building trades are celebrated as part of Women's History Month.

March 16, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Woman on Transit

Building Cities to Meet the Needs of Women

Men are often overrepresented in consultations about how city facilities are built. To account for this, planners need to seek out women's comments and look for ways to better serve them, argues Alexander Starritt.

December 18, 2016 - Fast Co.Exist

Spotlighting the Women Shaping Seattle

The Urbanist is publishing a series of articles focusing on the leadership of women is shaping the past, present, and future of Seattle.

September 17, 2016 - The Urbanist

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.