October 11, 2013, 5am PDT
Driven by an explosion of online tools, cities across the country are looking beyond the traditional public hearing to rethink how to increase citizen involvement in decision-making and reshape the relationship between citizens and government.
October 2, 2013, 6am PDT
A new report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund looks at how innovations in technology and social networking are changing the country's transportation landscape, and contributing to the decline in driving.
August 7, 2013, 7am PDT
Looking to leverage cheap and easy social media tools to meet your citizen engagement mandate? Read. This. Now.
May 9, 2013, 9am PDT
A new study from the Pew Research Center looks at the way digital technology is changing civic engagement. Nick Judd digs into the results and pulls out four intriguing trends.
May 5, 2013, 9am PDT
As they move into positions of leadership in their communities and in the public sector, a generation once labelled as "slackers" is helping to change the relationship between governments and their citizens, reports Rob Gurwitt.
May 3, 2013, 3pm PDT
With the right approach, social media can expedite the exchange of information between stakeholders, facilitate participatory planning, and build better places. Two case studies offer insight for using social media to connect with communities.
January 18, 2013, 8am PST
Are we growing more connected, yet further and further apart? And how does this bode for the resilience of the communities we share? Scott Doyon finds promise as of yet unfulfilled.
December 19, 2012, 6am PST
During and after Sandy, transportation workers had the responsibility of informing riders of changing conditions and schedules. Ray Rivera compares the different communication approaches of New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road.
November 16, 2012, 8am PST
For the last 30 years, China has led the world in economic growth at a hefty environmental price. Widespread protests have prompted the cabinet of China to mandate a "social risk assessment" for industrial projects, reports Keith Bradsher.
September 4, 2012, 4pm PDT
Mobile applications (apps) are gaining in popularity as tools for increasing participation in local governance and planning, and are opening up new possibilities for planners to tap into th
July 10, 2012, 6am PDT
Ride share websites and mobile apps take the guesswork out of finding a ride and move social networking offline and onto the open road, fueling a revival of car-pooling, reports Mickey Meece.
June 25, 2012, 11am PDT
Tyler Falk reports on new data released by Facebook, mapping the top 5 "social landmarks" in 25 cities from Seoul to São Paulo.
June 8, 2012, 12pm PDT
Sarah Kathleen Peck speaks with Amanda Walter and Holly Berkley about their new book, "Social Media in Action," the challenges different design professions have in communicating their work, and the ways in which new technologies are making it easier.
May 22, 2012, 2pm PDT
After aiding in the dissolution of Egypt's authoritarian regime, social media is being enlisted to tackle a more formidable obstacle: easing its capital city's traffic, reports Noel King.
March 25, 2012, 1pm PDT
Michael M. Grynbaum reports on NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's dubious relationship with social media, and his unease with its tendency to shift the public discourse away from long-term thinking.
December 23, 2011, 11am PST
Nearly half of consumers now report that they look for local business information using the Internet, more than any other source.
October 24, 2011, 12pm PDT
With the proliferation of new media planning practitioners
have new ways to find out about the continuing work of planning faculty members
who have retired. Not all of them blog of course, but the list below
demonstrates some of the variety of these efforts.
October 22, 2011, 9am PDT
As readers of this blog will know I encourage people to find
out about planning programs in multiple ways. Reading the work of faculty is a
crucial first step as is reading the program’s web site. Visiting open houses
or connecting with students (programs often set up some kind of chat space
around admission time) are also options. Increasingly schools are using multiple
forms of social media to reach current students and alums providing a useful
window onto the programs for prospective students. This list highlights a few
of these sources used specifically by planning programs.
April 18, 2011, 5am PDT
A group calling itself the "Detroit Mower Gang" has gone rogue on the city's poorly maintained playgrounds, attacking them with weed wackers and riding mowers to get them back into shape for the city's kids.
The Hub (Detroit Regional News)
March 28, 2011, 11am PDT
To kick off its Legacy Plan update process, the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, NC planning board made a music video featuring an original song, a bluegrass band and some familiar scenes.