December 2012


coverThirty Great Places in America

Mike Davidson celebrates APA's designated great neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces.

Hunkering Down

More and more cities are building community safe rooms — a trend that Hurricane Sandy may accelerate. William Atkinson reports. A Sustaining Places story.

Ride, Then Decide

A Virginia MPO is tracking today's bicyclists to determine their future needs. Sarah Rhodes explains in Planning Practice.

Ethics in the Time of Twitter

Facing up to new challenges in a complex world. By Ruth Eckdish Knack.

Living the High Life

Allen Best says that "height limits" are fighting words in some western resort towns.

Tools for Building Scenarios

Uri Avin sorts out what to use when. Doug Walker adds a sidebar on CommunityViz.


Paul Farmer on coping with hazards.


Hurricane aftermath, bike studies.

Legal News

Exactions, shot clock rule.

By the Numbers

Statistics in the news — compiled by APA's Research Department. This month: drought.

Research You Can Use

Reid Ewing sees the light on statistical models.


More on Celebration, kudos.

Planners Library

Sustainable urbanism, campus planning.


New reports, blogs, videos, etc.


A message from Florida.

Cover: A home damaged by Hurricane Sandy along the beach in Mantoloking, New Jersey, on November 5, 2012. Stephen Voss/Redux,