United States

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Congressional Spending Bill Includes First Ever Federal ‘YIMBY’ Grant Program

The $1.7 trillion spending bill approved by Congress earlier in December includes a significant first: $85 million in discretionary grant funding for local governments to remove obstacles to housing development.

December 29, 2022 - Globe St

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2023 Could Be a Breakthrough Year for Buses

Funding bus rapid transit is the fastest and most cost-effective way to improve U.S. transit systems and bring transit within reach for more Americans.

December 28, 2022 - Curbed

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The Year in Public Lands

Public policy decisions that will impact land and water conservation in the American West.

December 27, 2022 - High Country News

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Feds Launch Investigation Into Autonomous Vehicle Safety

With self-driving vehicles allowed on public streets in 20 states, federal regulators are beginning to scrutinize the industry for safety concerns.

December 27, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

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Adaptive Reuse No Magic Wand for Post-Pandemic Real Estate Woes

Pre-pandemic housing crisis, meet the post-pandemic office vacancy crisis.

December 27, 2022 - Quartz

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Feeling the Impact of Federal TOD Grants

Grants aimed at stimulating development and increased density along transit lines are starting to make a difference in cities around the country.

December 26, 2022 - Governing

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From Garden Cemeteries to Levittown

Tracing the story of the American suburban form.

December 26, 2022 - Governing

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Renters Expected To Fare Better Next Year

After years of rising housing costs, renters will see some relief in 2023 as supply rises and more tenant households stay put.

December 25, 2022 - Globe St.

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The Crucial Role of Suburban Voters in the Midterms

Suburban voters were instrumental in preventing a 'red wave' on Election Day and on December 6 in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff election, enabling the Democrats to win a 51st Senate seat.

December 25, 2022 - CNN

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City-Building Video Games for Planners

Hopefully you got one of these games as a gift today. If not, don’t worry. There are a lot of other occasions to celebrate—maybe try the day after Christmas?

December 25, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Holiday Travel Rebounds, Changes Shape

The number of Americans traveling for the winter holidays is expected to come close to pre-pandemic levels, while remote work is leading to more diverse travel schedules.

December 23, 2022 - WJLA

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How Climate Change Threatens Manufactured Housing

A key supply of low-cost housing is under threat from extreme weather, rising sea levels, and other impacts of climate change.

December 22, 2022 - Nexus Media

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Free Fares for Buses? Don’t Forget the Trains

Fare-free programs that apply to buses and not trains create a fragmented transit system and encourage more people to use slower, less efficient modes.

December 22, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

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The Top Planning Courses of 2022

A list of the top planning education resources, according to the users of Planetizen Courses.

December 21, 2022 - The Planetizen Team

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How the Restaurant Scene Became a Symbol of Gentrification

While redevelopment-related displacement is the result of broader market forces and policy decisions, restaurants and cafes have become an emotionally charged flashpoint for the debate over gentrification.

December 20, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Amtrak Reveals New, Faster Airo Trains

Trains on at least 14 intercity routes will be replaced with a fuel-efficient model with top speeds of 125 mph.

December 20, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

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Bigger, More Powerful Cars Cancel Out Improvements in Fuel Efficiency

As carmakers improve the fuel efficiency of some models, many American car buyers are purchasing big trucks and SUVs that still offer low MPGs.

December 20, 2022 - Marketwatch

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New Federal Plan Aims To Prevent Homelessness

A new White House policy to reduce homelessness seeks to address the root issues that cause people to lose housing and stimulate housing production.

December 20, 2022 - NPR

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GAO Decision Makes it Easier for States to Spend Federal Infrastructure on Roads

An attempt by the Biden administration to control new infrastructure dollars has been foiled by the Congressional Review Act.

December 19, 2022 - Politico Pro

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Planning Year in Review 2022: Downtowns, Transportation, Climate Change

Part two of a review of the major themes, debates, and events of the year in planning that was 2022.

December 19, 2022 - 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.