Planning July 2020

Planning July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is redefining our public spaces. In July's issue of Planning magazine, discover how we can make them more resilient and accessible to all. As the U.S. sets new case records, Planning draws empirical evidence from the policies that helped states bend the curve last spring. Then, dive into how 5G offers a full spectrum of opportunities — but with just as many challenges.

Featured Articles

Social Space, Physical Distance

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our public spaces have taken on new meaning as community connections have become more important than ever. Stephanie Parker reports. PLUS: Need a Break? Take a Short Walk to a Park. By Clement Lau.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You?

From siting and permitting to the digital divide, 5G offers U.S. communities a full spectrum of opportunities — and challenges. Story by Daniel C. Vock.

How Cities Are Taking Action on COVID-19

Public health researchers Shima Hamidi and Keshia M. Pollack Porter assess responses of 20 local governments to limit the spread and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in their communities.


Confronting Systemic Inequity With Institutional Change

New initiatives and offices are pushing for more equitable policy outcomes — and holding cities accountable for the impacts of their decisions.

Building Better Cities for All

Alexandra Duprey: "Using planning documents to openly confront legacies of racism and injustice shows constituents that these inequities must be addressed."

E-Scooter Growth Hits a Massive Roadblock

Can the micromobility mode find a place in the postpandemic transportation network?

Et Cetera

Wiseman documentaries, eco-mapping, and Caribbean podcasts

Tools for the Trade

JAPA Takeaway

It's time to include climate in all our plans. Here are seven principles to use.

COVID Resources

APA chapters asked members about their experiences and needs during COVID. Here's what they learned.

Legal Lessons

Radical efforts to abolish single-family zoning are becoming more common. Is a new trend emerging?

Planners Library

A new book about New York's Bryant Park, reviews of four additional books, and e-book suggestions.

Also in This Issue


Kate Collignon: "Planners are uniquely positioned to make federal funding solutions work for the needs of our communities …"


Profiles of four contributors to this issue: Clement Lau, AICP; Ezra Haber Glen; Shima Hamidi; and Keshia M. Pollack Porter.

Great Places

Artery Hopkins in Hopkins, Minnesota, was designed to bring people together both physically and metaphorically.

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