Planning May 2020

Planning May 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to celebrate the best planning has to offer. In the May issue of Planning magazine, this year's National Planning Excellence Awards and Gold and Silver Achievement Awards offer inspiration and hope. Also honored are the 2019 JAPA Articles of the Year and recipients of awards given by the APA and AICP presidents, Chapter Presidents Council, Divisions Council, Student Representatives Council, and Planning Accreditation Board.

Special Issue on APA's 2020 National Planning Awards

Planning Matters

Acknowledging the best in planning can give inspiration, hope, and even comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An Equitable Parks Plan Driven by Data

Community Parks Initiative, New York City

Memphis Makes the Case for Planning

Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan, Memphis, Tennessee

Healthy Neighbors, Healthy Neighborhood

Ebeid Neighborhood Promise, Toledo, Ohio


Uncharted Waters for Utilities and Public Health

In an unprecedented policy change, service disruptions have been suspended in cities across the U.S. to help fight COVID-19. But for many, water shutoffs were a problem long before the pandemic.

Tourism Towns at a Crossroads

Could local economies see a post-pandemic boost? Or are they previewing COVID-19's financial free-fall?

Protecting the Public Interest During a Pandemic

Sean Maguire: "We must fully leverage the collaborative, inexpensive, and easy-to-use technological resources available to us."

When You Can't Shelter at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has made unhoused populations all the more vulnerable — and left cities scrambling to keep all residents safe.

Et Cetera

2019 Midwest flood documentary and LA podcast.

Tools for the Trade

Legal Lessons

An American law of zoning: If you zone it, they will judge

JAPA Takeaway

New research shows how to measure the impact of high energy costs on low-income household and craft policies that help.

Planners Library

A new book on Vancouver, reviews of three additional books, and e-book suggestions.

Also in This Issue


Profiles of contributors to this issue: Daniel C. Vock, Linda McIntyre, and Marya Morris.

Great Places

Civic leaders rallied forces to revitalize the heart of their Missouri city, establishing the Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street program.


APA President Kurt Christiansen and APA CEO Joel Albizo on facing the future with purpose.

Cover: Photo by Neili Jones.