Planning December 2020

Planning December 2020

As the office commute is disappearing, transit is facing the biggest financial crisis yet. Read more in the December issue of Planning magazine on how planners around the country are answering the question, "What happens next?" Discover ways to make your mentor match work by building new skills, broadening perspectives, and leveling up your career in the digital age. Then, learn how planning with aging residents in rural areas and beyond can be easier and cheaper than you might think.

Featured Articles

Transit in Crisis

The pandemic has dealt public transit its biggest challenge in decades — and it isn’t over yet. Slashed budgets and fewer riders are just the tip of the iceberg. Dan Vock reports.

Bridge the Learning Gap

A mentor can help you build new skills, broaden your perspective, and take your career to the next level, write Bobbie Albrecht and Mary Hammon. PLUS: 4 Tips for Finding a Mentor

Age-Friendly Rural Planning

Even modest efforts can make rural communities more livable for older residents. Story by Jeffrey Spivak. PLUS: AARP’s 8 Domains of Livability


From Urban Renewal to Highway Removal

Advocates — and planners — are pushing to tear down the freeways that divided and bulldozed Black neighborhoods.

Et Cetera

Virtual vacations via podcasts, revisiting an Appalachian photo project.

Treading Water in a Rising Tide

As the Great Lakes advance six feet in less than a decade, coastal towns refuse to retreat.

The Path to More Affordable, Sustainable Housing

Roderick Hall: "To truly plan for and achieve housing justice, we must ensure that housing and resources are distributed equitably across neighborhoods."

Tools for the Trade

Legal Lessons

The pandemic could have significant long-term implications on land use, including retail, city living, and office space.

Planners Library

An updated edition of Planner's Use of Information, additional reviews of books on St. Louis suburbs, urban farms, regulatory takings, and greening affordable housing.

Also in This Issue


APA Editor in Chief Meghan Stromberg: "Planning is launching a new effort to be even more agile, responsive, and relevant."


Profiles of three contributors to this issue: Brian Connelly, Nicolia Robinson, and Jeff Spivak.

Great Places in America

The Gathering Place has been a favorite destination for Tulsa, Oklahoma, residents and visitors since it opened in 2018.

Cover: Jonah Markowitz/The New York Times.