APA's Best of 2016

As we close the books on another year, we like to take a look back at some of the more popular items from 2016 according to our members, readers, listeners, followers, etc. After digging into the stats from our website, the National Planning Conference, social media, and more, here are a few that topped the list for 2016.


Planning Picks

Thanks to everyone for voting for their favorite issue of Planning magazine. After tallying the votes, the official winning issue according to our online poll is ... March! Look back at some of the great articles from each issue published in 2016.


5 Most Viewed Blog Posts

While we published a LOT of blog posts this year, these five were the most visited on planning.org in 2016.

1. 9 Things Planners ❤ About Phoenix

2. A Real-Life Love Story: City Managers and City Planners

3. Election 2016 a Record-Setting Year for Ballot Initiatives

4. Planning and the Next President

5. Smart Communities Require Smart Planning

Most Viewed APA Student Blog Post

Lance MacNiven, who earned a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA in June 2016, and also serves as the Region 6 representative for APA's Student Representative Council, wrote this blog in August on why you should go to planning school.

My 8 Reasons to Go to Planning School

National Planning Conference

Most Popular Session

Daniel Parolek, Richard Bernhardt, and Arthur Nelson, FAICP, address the issue of "middle housing" in their session at APA's National Planning Conference earlier this year in Phoenix: "Missing Middle Housing, Inform Your Planning".

Most Downloaded Podcast

Building Coastal Resilience Through Capital Improvements Planning

Jim Schwab, FAICP, interviews Jeffrey Payne, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office for Coastal Management(OCM), and Chad Berginnis, executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).

Most Viewed Video

According to a mix of our YouTube stats combining views with total viewing time, John Englander's keynote address from the 2016 National Planning Conference comes out on top, narrowly edging out the profile video of APA 2016 awards recipient the Columbus Riverfront.

Most Popular on Social Media

After pulling together all of the most liked, shared, clicked-on, retweeted, etc. posts from APA's social media channels over the last year, here are the most popular moments from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in 2016.




Thanks to everyone who followed along with us as we navigated the world of planning throughout this past year. Stay tuned for a more detailed look back at APA in 2016 in our official Annual Report, due to be released in early 2017.