United States

Concrete highway overpasses under construction, view from below

What Will Highway Removal Funding Actually Fund?

The federal Reconnecting Communities program is aimed at supporting highway removal and reversing the damage caused by rampant freeway construction, but some watered down proposals from state agencies could fund road expansion instead.

December 16, 2022 - Route Fifty

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How Rent Control Fared on the November Ballot

Rent control measures largely failed to get traction in state legislatures, but are expected to make a comeback in 2023.

December 16, 2022 - Globe St.

Cars on a New York City street

Mapping Climate Impact at the Neighborhood Level

A consumption-based analysis illustrates the differences in average household emissions across census tracts.

December 15, 2022 - The New York Times

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Making Traffic Camera Programs Work

Although controversial in the United States, when deployed thoughtfully, automated enforcement can save lives and make roads safer for all users.

December 15, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

The Golden Gate bridge viewed from Marin, with cars passing in either direction on a sunny day.

Planning in 2022: Year in Review

A review of the major themes, debates, and events of the year in planning that was 2022 (part one of two).

December 15, 2022 - James Brasuell

Row of modern red brick townhomes on street with sidewalk and young trees

The Role of Language in the Battle Over Zoning Reform

Missing middle housing? Ending single-family zoning? How language impacts public opinion in the movement to increase housing density.

December 14, 2022 - The Washington Post

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What Is the Best Way To Run a City?

City management models offer different benefits and drawbacks.

December 13, 2022 - Governing

Row of white two-story townhomes with black trim

When Zoning Reform Isn’t Enough: How To Boost Missing Middle Housing

For upzoning efforts to result in a significant rise in new housing units, cities and states must do more than just change zoning codes to ensure missing middle housing is easy and affordable to build.

December 13, 2022 - Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Screeenshot of Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) tool from CDC

Using Data to Identify and Prioritize the Most Vulnerable

The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) is a resource that can be used by public agencies to identify parts of a community that are most in need of investment.

December 13, 2022 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

Playground

How Big Data Informs Park Planning

Data analysis and research by national organizations are helping to ensure equitable distribution and provision of parks and recreational facilities.

December 12, 2022 - On Common Ground

Detroit, Michigan

Placemaking Redefined by a New Era of Federal Investment

Six tips for ensuring that new placed-based funding programs, such as the Build Back Better Regional Challenge, achieve the full potential of a new era of place-based federal investment.

December 12, 2022 - Brookings

Volunteers wearing masks moving pallets of water bottles during February 2021 storm in Austin, Texas

How Mutual Aid Increases Community Resiliency

Recent devastating weather events highlight the importance of community connection in keeping people safe when infrastructure fails.

December 12, 2022 - Next City

A computer generated graphic of a man loading 2022, approaching 2023.

Planetizen's Top Posts of 2022

The most popular articles on Planetizen in 2022.

December 12, 2022 - James Brasuell

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Brookings: A Demographic Post-Mortem of the Midterms

Young adults, according to a deep dive analysis by Brookings Metro demographer William Frey, were a key demographic group responsible for stopping the red wave that most polling predicted as the likely outcome of last month's midterm elections.

December 9, 2022 - Brookings

Biketown

Roadways for People: The Necessity of Collaboration

Breaking down planning silos to ensure transportation options in a car-oriented world.

December 8, 2022 - Lynn Peterson and Elizabeth Doerr

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How Neighborhoods Impact Older Adults’ Resiliency to Climate Change

New research seeks to learn how homes, neighborhoods, and communities affect how older residents are affected by climate change.

December 7, 2022 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

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Rural Communities Growing Faster Than Cities

After a decade of sustained population loss, rural America is bouncing back thanks to shifting demographics and pandemic-induced migration.

December 7, 2022 - Carsey School of Public Policy

Gray houses under construction

U.S. Housing Least Affordable in History

American households are spending more of their income on housing than at any other point in recorded history.

December 7, 2022 - The Real Deal

Bike Lane in Philadelphia

Opinion: The Case Against Bounty Laws

Recent proposals that would reward citizens for reporting bike lane violations could further damage social cohesion and create a ‘narc economy.’

December 7, 2022 - StreetsBlog NYC

Rendering of Juneteenth Museum

The Best, Worst, and Most Questionable in 2022 Architecture and Design

A list of innovative projects, intriguing design, and flummoxing failures.

December 6, 2022 - Medium

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

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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.