APA's Best of 2018

As we close the book on 2018, APA is looking back at what stood out this year to members, readers, and APA staff. Here’s some of 2018’s most popular online content.


The APA blog features content appealing to interests across the planning world — career development, current events, emerging trends, and the latest in planning practice and APA activity. It’s no surprise that the most-read posts of the year reflect that diversity. Here are the top 5 most read:

  1. So ... No Planning Degree?
  2. Planning Theory — What Is It Good For?
  3. Latest Housing and Inclusive Growth Resources from APA
  4. APA Releases Research Report, Policy Principles, Podcast Series on Autonomous Vehicles
  5. Planning and the Opioid Epidemic


Planning covered a lot of ground this year as well. Presenting Planning’s 5 most popular stories of 2018.

  1. Geography of Loss (March)
  2. Retail Realities (July)
  3. People Over Parking (October)
  4. Inclusive Mobility (February)
  5. Silver Lining of Sea-Level Rise (August/Sept)


The APA Podcast and its three series — People Behind the Plans, Resilience Roundtable, and Planning the Autonomous Future — had a banner year in 2018.  In 2018’s most popular episode, Courtney Kashima, AICP, host of People Behind the Plans, interviews Joanna Trotter, Senior Program Officer for Economic and Community Development at the Chicago Community Trust

Social Media

APA’s annual Great Places in America “People’s Choice” competition proved popular across social media, coming in as 2018’s most popular Facebook post and tweet. Congrats again to the Tampa Riverwalk!


Planners love showing their love for planning on Valentine’s Day. This photo was the most popular on Instagram for the year.


“Measuring Community Character,” a PAS QuickNotes issue, was the most popular post on LinkedIn. And Derrick Kayongo’s opening keynote address from NPC18 was the most viewed on YouTube.

APA Learn

2018 also marked the debut of APA Learn in November. APA Learn combines the most and best planning content with convenience and low per-hour pricing to offer superior professional planning education. So far:

  • Nearly 2,000 learners have logged in
  • More than 1,300 courses have been sold
  • Nearly 900 users have viewed the most popular course, Development Without Gentrification, available free of charge to APA members for a limited time

Planning Advocates Were Vocal on Infrastructure

Infrastructure was a top policy issue in 2018. In 2018, Planners’ Advocacy Network members sent federal elected officials 207 letters expressing support for APA’s Infrastructure principles, a set of policy directives that urge Congress to ensure that any federal infrastructure investment is designed to strengthen communities, boost the economy, and expand opportunity.

With congressional leaders and the White House once again signaling their support for comprehensive infrastructure legislation, APA stands ready to work with leadership to craft legislation that benefits people and places across the country.

About the Author
Dustin Calliari is APA's senior marketing content associate.

December 20, 2018

By Dustin Calliari