Community Planning

April 21, 2016, 1pm PDT
Abbotsford is the fifth-largest city in British Columbia by population but the largest by land size. The city's most recent community plan is designed to accommodate new growth without sprawling any farther.
Vancouver Sun
August 28, 2015, 7am PDT
Ten years ago, a number of architecture firms went to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina for a humanitarian "experiment"—rebuilding part of the underserved Lower Ninth Ward as an innovative, LEED Platinum, affordable community.
The Planning Report
July 24, 2014, 10am PDT
It will come as no surprise to those tracking the built environment in Los Angeles that City Planning currently faces a number of challenges.
The Planning Report
July 7, 2014, 7am PDT
"Whither planning in Los Angeles?" Sam Hall Kaplan seeks to find out.
The Planning Report
April 24, 2013, 8am PDT
According to Arianna McBride, the recipe for good community design must effectively balance community wisdom with expert knowledge. She shares three ways that planners can facilitate the type of participation that leads to great places.
Citizens' Institute on Rural Design
April 23, 2013, 12pm PDT
When the Localism Act was adopted in 2011, local communities gained broad new planning powers across the UK. But as recent events in one London suburb demonstrate, politics and ideological conflict have found a home in the participatory process.
The Global Urbanist
March 6, 2013, 1pm PST
The passage of the Localism Act gave broad new planning powers to local communities across the UK. A new project seeks to build a bottom-up planning culture to take advantage of new opportunities.
The Guardian
September 27, 2012, 7am PDT
Do you know the effect your spiffy new development will have on the neighbors' health? Aaron Wernham and the Kresge Foundation think you could use a health impact assessment.
Shelterforce Magazine
August 31, 2012, 10am PDT
Howard Blackson explains the five elements ("five Cs") necessary for planning resilient and lively neighborhoods - complete, compact, connected, complex, and convivial.
Better! Cities & Towns
December 20, 2011, 1pm PST
A new Community Plan for Hollywood is making its way through the Los Angeles City Council, to the delight of the Mayor and the Planning Commission, and to the consternation of some community groups.
LA Times
August 3, 2011, 6am PDT
After 10 years in operation, the Neighborhood Council system in L.A. represents a great deal of unfulfilled potential, say City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. With that, and the city's dire financial straits in mind, Krekorian is proposing reforms.
The Planning Report
January 30, 2011, 1pm PST
The Domino Effect is a new documentary film that explores the process of real estate development in New York City to uncover the complex networks of banks, developers, politicians, and non-profit organizations that shape our cities.
L Magazine
January 18, 2011, 9am PST
The City of New Orleans is about to undertake a massive reconstruction effort that will reshape and rebuild its entire school system.
Metropolis
July 24, 2009, 1pm PDT
Shelley Poticha, President and CEO of Reconnecting America and past executive director of the Congress for New Urbanism, has been appointed Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and Communities at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Reconnecting America
Feature
November 26, 2008, 5am PST
The grieving period has ended, and now resilient New Orleaneans are taking it upon themselves to rebuild their beloved city. Though it's sure to be a slow process, this could very well be community organization at its best.
Roberta Brandes Gratz
May 29, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Tyson's Corner, an auto-oriented suburb of Washington, D.C., reveals ambitious plans to become a dense, urban community. Officials are bracing themselves for tough opposition from locals. The Washington Post story includes a video report.</p>
The Washington Post
April 10, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The City of Oak Harbor, Washington is giving residents a chance to sound off about planning and development issues on several blogs.</p>
Whidbey News-Times
March 25, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Progressive Planning</em> looks at the communal councils being set up in Venezuela and the progress they have made in local planning efforts.</p>
Progressive Planning
Blog post
October 23, 2007, 7am PDT

I had the opportunity to spend a day at the Vacant Properties conference late last month which, if you’re not familiar with the “movement,” you should be.  Granted it’s not for everyone.  At the opening plenary session, the moderator asked “who is here from a weak market city?”  A room full of hands went up with a collective giggle.  It felt like an AA meeting for cities.  Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward addressing it.   

Scott Page
Blog post
September 27, 2007, 7am PDT

 We all saw it on the Internet—the fellow at a public meeting being hauled away from the microphone before getting wrestled to the floor and tasered during a Q&A with John Kerry. Fortunately, silencing argumentative speakers with a taser is not a common occurrence at most public meetings. While I might confess that there have been meetings where, in retrospect, one might have secretly wished one was armed with a stun gun, facilitators generally try to avoid confrontation. Yet there’s no denying that sometimes people show up at public meetings looking for a fight, begging for outrage, and hoping to irritate and inflame.

Barbara Faga