APA’s Best of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, APA's taking a look back at what stood out this year to members, readers, and APA staff. Look back with us on some of 2017's most popular online content.


2017 was a banner year for the APA blog, with more posts and more readers than ever before. These five were the most-read.

5 Most Popular Blog Posts

  1. What Sessions Made the Top 10 at NPC17?
  2. Reports: HUD Considers Elimination of Key Planning Programs
  3. News Release: Supreme Court Decision Reaffirms Importance of Local Planning Laws
  4. Everything You Need to Know About the AICP Certification Exam Update
  5. APA Congratulates Successful Exam Candidates


From autonomous vehicles to zoning, Cuba to the Chinese countryside, Planning covered a lot of ground this year. Look back at 2017's most popular issues and features, as judged by our online readers — and the people who put it all together.

Most-Visited Issues

  1. March
  2. July
  3. December
  4. April
  5. May

Most-Popular Stories

  1. A New Course (July)
  2. The Better Staff Report (March)
  3. Flood Ready (November)
  4. Driving the Smart, Just City (December)
  5. Mapping for the Masses (May)

Staff's Must Reads

  1. Immigrant City (June)
  2. Monumental Concerns (December)
  3. Nothing Lite About It (July)
  4. The Impossible Task of Mapping the Future (January)
  5. Dark Skies, Bright Future (May)

Social Media

Members and nonmembers alike engaged throughout the year on social media. Here are our most popular posts across all platforms.





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Most Popular YouTube Video

Peter Leyden's opening keynote address at NPC17 in New York City was the biggest hit on APA's YouTube channel this year. We have more than 1,600 YouTube subscribers — join them today!

Most Downloaded Podcast

APA podcasts are your audio resource for all things planning. You can also subscribe to the APA podcast feed on iTunes or Stitcher.

This year's most downloaded podcast was "Plan4Health: Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living."

APA Foundation

One highlight of 2017 was the revitalization of the APA Foundation. Our sincerest thanks to everyone who donated. At the state level, California had the most individual donors to the Foundation and Pennsylvania raised the most funds. Again, thank you to all!


The Plan4Health project, which brought together members of APA and the American Public Health Association, came to a close this year. Plan4Health connected communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health.

A highlight of this project are four case studies, three of which will be released in January 2018. The first is the "IndyWalkWays: More Than a Pedestrian Plan," Indianapolis/Marion County's first pedestrian plan.

Career Reality Webinars

APA's Career Services department hosts no-cost, members-only Career Reality Webinars, which offer practical tips on job search and professional development issues for both new and seasoned planners.

Since the planning profession has gotten wider and planners are working in more diverse fields than ever, it may come as no surprise that this year's most popular webinar was "Careers in Planning Beyond Planning."

Most Shared 'Action Alert'

Advocates for planning joined the Planners' Advocacy Network in droves in 2017. The spike in membership coupled with increased engagement from members, lead to an outpouring of outreach to Congress over the past year. The most popular action alert shared by over 200 advocates was APA's President, Cynthia Bowen's statement on the "Trump Administration's FY 2018 Federal Budget Proposal."

Thanks to everyone who followed along with us as we navigated the world of planning throughout this past year. Stay tuned for a more detailed look back at APA in 2017 in our Annual Report, to be released in early 2018.

About the Author
Dustin Calliari is APA's senior content marketing associate.

December 18, 2017

By Dustin Calliari