2016 Top North American Planning Websites | Planetizen

October 27, 2016 – The annual list of the best planning, design, and development websites, representing some of the top online resources for news, information, and research on the built environment.

The Internet and the field of planning are engaged in a continuously fruitful collaboration.

Every year, Planetizen shares a list of the avant-garde of online tools pertaining to planning, land use, and urban design, and 2016 has proven to be another year of innovation.

The websites collected here represent an ongoing trend toward accessibility and transparency: citizens and governments are gaining new, easy-to-use tools every year. Even after coming so far, the pace of innovation in recent years is only evidence that planning and its related disciplines have only just begun to realize the immense potential of online software to empower citizens and improve decision making.

After collecting nominations from readers and staff, the Planetizen editorial staff selected the “2016 Top Websites” list based on a common set of criteria, including content, design, and usability, choosing ten websites representing a variety of uses and focuses. We’ve listed the websites alphabetically, not in order of rank.

Learn about the top sites @ Planetizen

  1. AllTransit
  2. Brand New Subway
  3. Digital Scholarship Lab – American Panorama
  4. Envision Tomorrow
  5. Mapzen
  6. The New York Times – Multimedia
  7. Open Data Portals
  8. pocketgov Denver
  9. The Transport Politic