PlaceShakers

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if a community planning effort is to be judged by the degree to which all voices are heard, then anything short of a big turnout is going to feel like failure. Ben Brown talks equitable engagement, and aligning promises with implementation.
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May 18, 2016, 6am PDT
For governments and institutions, creative placemaking means knowing when to let go. Scott Doyon explains.
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May 10, 2016, 2pm PDT
Urbanism and smart growth are great for cities, people, and "the environment"—but neighborhood impacts must be mitigated. Kaid Benfield gives pointers on balancing the scales.
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May 3, 2016, 12pm PDT
Susan Henderson investigates ‪Lean Urbanism‬ strategies for incremental code reform to improve walkability and reduce financial and regulatory burdens in a manner that matches local capacity.
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April 26, 2016, 10am PDT
Greening the city extends our life and increases our quality of life.
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April 20, 2016, 10am PDT
Applying ideas of Lean Urbanism to the charrette process can establish an agreement about values and rules for planning in ways that make it renewable.
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April 13, 2016, 9am PDT
Like a random encounter on the street, sometimes disparate ideas converge in interesting ways. Today, Kentucky Mist Moonshine and the Project for Public Spaces shed some light on municipal branding.
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April 6, 2016, 7am PDT
The dangerous absurdity of building a national—or a community—to-do list around fear, resentment, and wishful thinking
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March 30, 2016, 6am PDT
618 form-based codes made it on the latest Codes Study. The authors are requesting your additions to the update.
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March 29, 2016, 12pm PDT
All Planetizen readers should read the full 200-page Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report. If you haven't taken the time yet, Hazel Borys shares some of the best bits.
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March 16, 2016, 7am PDT
Suburban retrofit: what's next in issues, approaches, strategies, and tools.
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March 8, 2016, 1pm PST
Need some pointers on how to make downtown retail sing? Check out Hazel Borys' crib notes on Bob Gibbs' directions.
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March 1, 2016, 11am PST
Most of us Planetizen readers were inadvertently complicit in killing the term "sense of community." Scott Doyon points out where we go from here.
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February 24, 2016, 11am PST
After a few decades watching—and sometimes helping—great ideas die of overexposure to reality, I'm convinced it's not enough to just listen to folks you're hoping to help. You have to make something happen. A well-conceived charrette helps.
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February 10, 2016, 11am PST
Scott Doyon rewrote a classic children's book as a history of US cities since World War II. Fortunately, it's a quick read. Unfortunately, it's up to all of us how it ends.
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February 2, 2016, 10am PST
A new crop of developers are delivering fine-grained urbanism. Ben Brown checks into their boot camp and provides an update on the movement.
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January 27, 2016, 11am PST
When charrettes and public design workshops reach their most inclusive and transparent forms, do they become social innovation labs? Hazel Borys thinks so.
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January 14, 2016, 5am PST
Can the tiny house fetish evolve to address real sustainability and affordable housing challenges? Ben Brown says yes.
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January 6, 2016, 9am PST
"It's too cold to walk here" is often the response to the subject of livability in northern climes. Hazel Borys hails from the third coldest city of its size on earth and talks walkable winter cities.
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December 8, 2015, 11am PST
Planning wonks might have felt all warm inside when they noticed zoning topics wedging their way into broader conversations about community affordability and equity. Bring it on. Finally.
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