Do Americans Really Want More Planning?

An APA poll says yes. But what do those numbers really mean?


The Urban Health Desert

Without better planning, health disparities between rich and poor neighborhoods will continue to grow.

Knight Foundation

Better Technology for Planners Also Means More Citizen Participation

Bringing the public into public policy decision-making is no longer a matter of “one-and-done.”

Tumblr of the Day: 'Being a Planner'

A Tumblr that explains the life of a planner through, what else, GIFs.


Is SoCal America's Next Environmental Success Story?

The region has a bad smart growth record. But a new sustainable communities strategy just might change all that.


Unplanned L.A.? Think Again

A new book takes a thorough look at how urban planning has shaped the Southern California posterchild for sprawl.

Travertine Point

Can a Sustainable Town Be Built From Scratch in the Middle of Nowhere?

A controversial proposal seeks to help revive Southern California's troubled Salton Sea.


What Mumbai and Beijing Can Learn From New York

Two recent exhibits highlight American planning's strengths alongside its great weaknesses.

Nate Berg

Is the Most Absurd Community the One That Tries to Please Everyone?

A satirical new exhibit explores what might happen if we tried meet every single planning and design demand.

Google Maps/Mark Byrnes

Why Planners Need to Take Agenda 21 Criticism More Seriously

Three ways to engage Tea Party critics of sustainable design.

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How a Civic Engagement Campaign Saved Ecuador's Biggest City

The revival of Guayaquil offers a powerful model for urban recovery

Warning of Urban 1959

A Hitchcockian take on the danger of perpetual suburbanization from the Urban Land Institute

Buffalo, Then and Now (1902-2011)

A look at how modern Buffalo compares with the city in its heyday


New York's Search for the Right Number of Parking Spaces

Real estate developers in Manhattan want the city to relax its parking maximums

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The Limits of New Urbanism in Portland's Orenco Station

Walking and social interaction are high in this planned community, but commuting by transit remains low