Planning August/September 2020

Planning August/September 2020

In the double August/September issue of Planning, learn how cities must plan to protect their most vulnerable residents when climate change pushes summer temperatures higher. Then, see how to right-size transportation investments, even with budgets in post-pandemic recovery. Leveraging green infrastructure produces multiple benefits and addresses community needs more equitably.

Featured Articles

The Heat Is On

As climate change pushes temperatures ever higher, U.S. cities must deal with the effects of extreme heat — especially for vulnerable populations. Amy Sherman reports. PLUS: Policies that help beat the heat.

Got Contaminants?

Stormwater management isn’t just about reducing quantity, it’s also about improving quality. Larissa Larsen and Andrea McFarland assess the effectiveness of green infrastructure solutions on common land-use types to help you achieve both.

Beyond Stormwater

Planners can capture the unrealized potential of green infrastructure systems to solve all sorts of 21st century challenges. Story by Steven Whitman and Brian Eisenhauer. PLUS: 6 green infrastructure planning and design principles and a case study on Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Right-Sizing Transportation Investments

Faced with fewer resources, cities are turning to an emerging practice to help align their transportation infrastructure needs with economic realities and social returns. By Chandler Duncan and Michael Brown.


100 Federal Rollbacks (And Counting)

The Trump administration is taking aim at environmental regulations — and endangering already vulnerable communities and climate goals in the process.

Et Cetera

Post-apocalyptic New York on film, Jacob Riis exhibit, guide to music in post-pandemic recovery.

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Local Governments Declare

Decades of research confirms what COVID-19 statistics show: Racism is the leading cause of health inequities. How will states and cities respond?

Walking the Racial Equity Walk

Desiree D. Powell, MCRP: "If the field is to ever change, we must confront its demons: the systemic racism planning has perpetuated."

Tools for the Trade

JAPA Takeaway

Exploratory scenario planning is a powerful tool for long-range planning.

Planners Library

A new book about megaregions, reviews of four additional books, and e-book suggestions.

Also in This Issue


Editor in Chief Meghan Stromberg: An unspoken philosophy of equity, diversity, and inclusion is not enough.


Profiles of four contributors to this issue: Tatiana Walk-Morris, Uri Avin, Robert Goodspeed, and Larissa Larsen.

Great Places

Mohawk Valley Gateway Outlook in Amsterdam, New York, celebrates the city’s historic Native American heritage and textile industry past.

Cover: Coffeekai, iStock/Getty Images Plus.