Four times a year, APA's Planning Advisory Service publishes a new PAS Report with guidance on current issues and innovative practices.
APA members and PAS subscribers can download each new report as it is posted, and can download nearly 100 reports published since 1994. PAS subscribers also receive a print copy of each new PAS report.
Downtown Revitalization in Small and Midsized Cities
The latest PAS Report provides exemplary strategies that have proved successful in transforming the downtowns of small and midsized cities. It explores the conditions that make these strategies work and offers guidance on how to organize downtown stakeholders, organizations, and consultants in the downtown revitalization process.
PAS published its first Information Report in 1949. To celebrate this history, each month we'll present a new report from the archives. We hope you enjoy these fascinating snapshots of planning issues of yesteryear.
Underground Wiring in New Residential Areas
Information Report No. 163, October 1962
Telephone poles and overhead electrical wires are common sights in the built environment, but after World War II, developers of residential subdivisions began eliminating the visual chaos this infrastructure creates by installing telephone and power lines underground. This month’s historic PAS report from 1962 examines the growing practice — and benefits and challenges — of providing underground power and telephone lines in residential subdivisions.
Become a PAS Report Author
We’re always looking for authors to write or update PAS Reports on a variety of planning topics. Visit the archive to see the list of all past reports. If you have an idea for a PAS Report, please contact Ann Dillemuth at PASReports@planning.org.