Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


How the heck do you pronounce your name?
We combined Plan, as in planning, and Netizen, as in a citizen of the Internet, and came up with "Planetizen". We pronounce it pla-NET-a-zen. However, you won't find our name in Webster's so feel free to pronounce it however it suits you.

A Planetizen news summary links to a web page or article that is no longer available. Can you send me that page?
Our news summaries provide a link (if available) to the original article or report available from the source website. Some websites make their content available for a limited time only, after which the content may be archived. In other cases, the source website may have changed the link to the source content. Your best bet is to search on the source website for the title of the original article.

A Planetizen news summary does not link to the original article. Do you include articles that aren't available on the Web?
We struggled with this question. In the end, we elected to cover all articles that substantively concern urban planning, regardless of whether or not the source publication is available on the Web. The question we asked ourselves was: "Would Planetizen readers rather know about the existence of the article, even if they can't access it on the Web?" We felt that if the article was critical to your job or interest, you could then find a way to get the article from the source publication, even if it's not available on the Web.

News articles from certain sources such as The New York Times require a fee or registering with the source website?
Planetizen links to articles from a variety of sources. Most are free, but some require a free registration or a paid membership. For example, The New York Times website allows you to view some articles for free, and others for a fee. As sources such as these frequently publish excellent stories on urban planning issues, we provide a summary and link to such articles. You may decide if registering with the source website or paying the fee is worthwhile for you.

What is the technical architecture for Planetizen? How did you do this?
For those who are interested in the technical details, Planetizen uses the Drupal content management system, runs on the GNU/Linux operating system and is powered by the Apache Web server. The website is entirely database driven; the data is stored using the  MySQL database and converted into web pages using a computer language called PHP. We also use several GNU tools to develop Planetizen. We would like to thank the world-wide community of Free Software and Open Source contributors for making it possible for us to develop Planetizen using high-quality, reliable software.

Who built Planetizen?
Planetizen was developed and is maintained by the team at Urban Insight, Inc.