Public Outreach

October 18, 2012, 11am PDT
Kelly Morphy provides tips and strategies on improving civic engagement - the key to healthy communities and desired outcomes.
Better Cities & Towns
August 22, 2012, 1pm PDT
Chris Haller parses the data in a recent report on Internet use for implications for how communities should manage their public outreach strategies.
Engaging Cities
July 5, 2012, 7am PDT
Neighborhood Improvement Districts in Philadelphia are facing challenges from a skeptical public for the first time since their introduction over 20 years ago, Alex Vuocolo reports.
Next American City
March 18, 2012, 5am PDT
Consider adding this animated video, which explains how past planning practices created sprawl and how smart growth policies can help solve multiple problems, to your family's Sunday morning cartoon rotation.
Saga City
March 16, 2012, 6am PDT
Mukta Naik, a consulting planner with Indian housing firm micro Home Solutions, discovers that grand plans for a 'slum-free India' missed the mark on one key point: the lives of slum dwellers.
The Global Urbanist
March 14, 2012, 11am PDT
The Emerald City puts the streetlight of the future to the test – for both safety and feel, and the results could affect how cities everywhere are illuminated in the future, reports William Yardley.
New York Times
August 16, 2011, 1pm PDT
Candy Chang is using public art installations to spark community involvement and input on land use.
Grist
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.
Winston-Salem Journal
Blog post
March 24, 2010, 1pm PDT

Many thanks to Wired’s Jeff Howe who’s 2006 article “The Rise of Crowdsourcing” put an effective label at what the internet was doing to business.  Building from Web 2.0 applications focused on social media like Facebook and on-line communities, it’s become a popular and controversial term in tech circles.  For those not as familiar with the idea, let’s consult the most often used example of crowdsourcing – Wikipedia.   “Crowdsourcing is a distributed problem-solving and production model. Problems are broadcast to an unknown group of solvers in the form of an open call for solutions.

Scott Page
Blog post
September 28, 2008, 4pm PDT

In thousands of planning and zoning laws across the nation, official announcements are required to be published in the local newspaper of "general circulation." In an era of newspaper decline and expanding diversity of media, are these laws becoming obsolete? Furthermore, should we be concerned with newspapers at all if a newer, more universally accessible medium is available: the Internet?

A variety of announcements are legally required to be published in a local periodical of "general circulation," sometimes in addition to being published in an official government gazette. The practice entered the planning world through the U.S. Department of Commerce's highly influential standard zoning and planning enabling acts.

Robert Goodspeed
Blog post
March 7, 2007, 11am PST

During my term of office as president of the American Planning Association, I made my theme “telling the planning story.” My point then – and today – is that we need to do a better job of explaining to our many publics what it is that planners do and why it makes a difference.

Eric Damian Kelly
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