Planning March 2020

Planning March 2020

Micromobility promises an environmentally friendly way of solving first/last mile needs, while getting more people onto transit. Planning's March cover story asks, can ride share, scooters, and accessibility coexist? It's up to planners to ensure micromobility doesn’t leave anyone behind. Examine 13 strategies for effective management in a collaborative profession — no matter where you are in your career. Then, take seven steps to ensure your community is prepared to manage large-scale solar development.

Featured Articles

Access Denied

Micromobility has potential to be an urban asset, but it's up to planners to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind. Steve Wright reports. PLUS: Accessible ride share?

Are You Solar Ready?

Energy planner Megan Day outlines seven steps to help your community manage large-scale solar development. PLUS: Big benefits of large-scale solar and a case study by Brian Ross.

Taking the Lead

Whether you're a newbie or a veteran manager, we've got 13 strategies for all-around success on the job. Story by Linda McIntyre.

Special Feature

2019 APA Foundation Year in Review

This report includes information about contributions, distributions, and personal stories of donors and scholarship and grant recipients.


The High Cost of Deferred Maintenance

America's wastewater systems are overworked and underfunded — and it's leaving cities across the country under water.

After 140 Years, the Wiyot Tribe Has Come Home

For the first time in U.S. history, a local municipality has returned stolen Native land without an accompanying sale or lawsuit.

Et Cetera

Roundup of opportunity zone interactive map, ancient cities exhibit, and Land Matters podcast.

The Other Lead Crisis

HUD spends millions on lead abatement. So why are public housing authorities still struggling?

Charging Stations Still Too Few and Far Between

More electric cars are on the road, but most states lack the infrastructure to keep them going.

It's Time to Go Dutch

Mike Sewell, PE: "As an engineer who creates multimodal facilities, I've heard almost all the arguments against bicycle and pedestrian-friendly projects. It's time we stop making excuses."

Tools for the Trade

JAPA Takeaway

Emotions motivate public servants — but planners' education, training, and professional norms lead us to try to ignore or avoid our own feelings.

Legal Lessons

To avoid instability at the local level, legislatures and courts are limiting the influence of this restrictive rule.

Planners Library

A new book on rural economic development, reviews of four additional books, and e-book suggestions.

Also in This Issue


APA CEO Joel Albizo: "We see foresight as the deliberate act of learning with the future and considering the impact of today's decisions on our successors."

Great Places

Cleveland Street is a curbless, people-oriented, two-way street with vibrant businesses, mixed-income housing, and multimodal transportation support.


Profiles of contributors to this issue: Adina Solomon, Ward Lyles, AICP, Stacey Swearingen White, and Steve Wright.

Cover: Dennis Schroeder, NREL/DOE.