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Planning Humor

Posted on July 25th, by Katie Bannon in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

Even the most enthusiastic planners have days when they feel discouraged. How about using humor to cope? Below are some recommendations for planning-related humor.


Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation has some of the funniest TV moments for anyone who’s ever worked for local government. It didn’t exactly make bureaucrats look cool, but it did often get to the heart of why many of us love (and sometimes get frustrated) working for government and with citizens. Therefore, I’ll forgive them for getting rid of the city planner character after the first season. Bonus, it’s set in Indiana.


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Bicycle Lobby – Whether you’re a bicyclist or just secretly work for the bike lobby, you have to check out Bicycle Lobby on Twitter.

@BicycleLobby on Twitter

@BicycleLobby on Twitter


Bicycle Lobby

@Bicycle Lobby on Twitter

The Onion – There are so many hilarious satirical articles related to planning. Here are just a few:

City Planner Gets Halfway Through Designing City Before Realizing He’s Just Doing Philadelphia Again

Urban Planner Stuck in Traffic Of Own Design

Neighborhood Starting To Get Too Safe For Family to Afford

Decision to Circle Parking Lot Produces Carbon Emission That Finally Does It

City Councilman Unearths Magical Zoning Amulet


Planetizen – Planetizen’s April Fool’s Day edition goes back at least as far back as 2009 and is always topical. Planetizen also regularly collects and posts Friday Funny articles.


Planning Peeps – Memes just for planners! Planning Peeps is both a facebook page and a website.   Although the memes are my favorite part, there are also articles, planning school rankings, and a What Type of Urban Planner are You? quiz. Here are a few of my favorite memes:


Planning Peeps










Planning Peeps,

Planning Peeps



















Gilmore Girls episodes often poke fun at planning-related topics during their town hall meetings. If you’re tired of dealing with temporary uses, watch this discussion of cart, kiosk, cart/kiosk permits (starts at about 1:20) or if you’re fed up with licensing see Season 1, Episode 21’s town hall meeting about troubadour licenses.


Neighbors for More Neighbors – NIMBYs got you down? Neighbors for More Neighbors encourages you to “talk to your friends about zoning” with a variety of YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) posters. Slate also published a nice article about the website.

Neighbors for More Neighbors

Neighbors for More Neighbors





















Neighbors for More Neighbors

Neighbors for More Neighbors


Indiana Planning Listserv – Locally, the IN-Planning Listserv often has Friday Funny posts. To be added, email Jamie Palmer at


Cards Against Urbanity– For something social and funny, check out Cards Against Urbanity. Cards Against Urbanity is a variation on Cards Against Humanity, a variation on Apples to Apples. It’s simple to learn and can be hilarious, especially with the right crew of urbanist friends. If you missed the Kickstarter campaign to buy the cards, you can still print your own. The rules are also available online.

Cards Against Urbanity

Cards Against Urbanity


Helpful Guide to Picking Up Urban Planners – A webcomic of pick up lines for “some of the sexiest, smartest, wittiest individuals you’ll ever meet.”


Planners Pointing Evidence that “when we plan, we point.” I’d be surprised if any planner doesn’t have at least one public meeting photo featuring you and/or your planning colleagues pointing!


Did I miss your favorite source of planning humor? Comment below and let me know!

One thought on “Planning Humor

  1. Thanks Katie, this was great! Expect some of this to show up in Nitty Gritty presentations… And in my fantasy Parks & Rec community, planning continues to play a big role! Leslie gets a Masters in Planning from Ball U!

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