Public Participation

September 25, 2012, 7am PDT
Eric Jaffe writes on a new interactive planning initiative in Louisville, Kentucky, that takes a hands-on approach to public engagement.
The Atlantic Cities
August 21, 2012, 9am PDT
After two decades of pushing the boundaries of what it means to build a community (both physically and spiritually), the annual Burning Man festival has a lot to teach municipalities about providing services and fostering participation.
July 11, 2012, 5am PDT
Following on historic new powers granted recently to cities across England, RIBA and ResPublica have published a new paper arguing for greater collaboration with local communities in neighborhood planning, writes Irina Vinnitskaya.
May 29, 2012, 2pm PDT
Will Doig reflects on the scourge of public micromanagement that has "essentially become an official part of the urban planning process in many cities," and explores the psychology behind anti-development activism.
April 20, 2012, 8am PDT
The City Council of Vallejo, California, approved the first city-wide Participatory Budgeting process in the US this week. Residents will directly decide how to spend around $3 million from new sales tax revenue.
Times Herald
April 5, 2012, 9am PDT
Claire Thompson profiles Neighborland, an online urban planning platform that aims to promote organic conversations that can build momentum and facilitate connections around improvement projects.
Blog post
March 21, 2012, 11am PDT

Our profession relies on logical analysis of accurate data. There are an amazing number of ways to go wrong.

Todd Litman
March 9, 2012, 9am PST
Shriya Malhotra explores the potential for participatory mapping to manage the complexities of cities in the 21st century.
The City Fix
March 2, 2012, 7am PST
John K. McIlwain breaks down the recent explosion in the "65-or-better" population – and what it means for urban regions.
Urban Land
December 1, 2011, 5am PST
As proposals for the large-scale development at Brooklyn Bridge Park come in, some members of the public are crying foul over a perceived lack of transparency and public involvement during a recent meeting.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
November 8, 2011, 5am PST
Attach a digital camera to a balloon or kite, and what do you get? An easy tool for public participation in land use decisions, says Eymund Diegel of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science.
The Mobile City
October 27, 2011, 1pm PDT
Public participation is an important part of the urban planning process, says Michael Hooper, as "it improves project outcomes and the likelihood of project success." But lately, some prominent people are saying that it hinders the planning process.
Next American City
September 25, 2011, 1pm PDT
Officials and planners from across Georgia came out to answer any questions the public may have about a new regional transportation plan. Evidently the plan has "100 percent support," joked one official, because no one showed up.
The Daily Citizen (Dalton)
September 16, 2011, 7am PDT
Earlier this week, New York City officials announced a new bikeshare system that will be available to New Yorkers in 2012.
September 15, 2011, 6am PDT
In four New York City Council districts, residents will soon be able to propose and vote on capital projects to be funded by councilmember's budgets.
New York Times
August 22, 2011, 7am PDT
The BMW Guggenheim Lab has released an online urban planning game called "Urbanology," which asks a serious of questions to determine the type of city you think is the future.
August 16, 2011, 1pm PDT
Candy Chang is using public art installations to spark community involvement and input on land use.
August 4, 2011, 10am PDT
Cities across the U.S. are increasingly looking to technology to improve the public participation process and increase the ways citizens can engage with the government. Chief technical officers are becoming more common.
Design Mind
July 1, 2011, 11am PDT
Artist Candy Chang has taken an old building in Fairbanks, Alaska and turned it into a public idea board that asks locals what they think should be done with it.
Fast Company
June 10, 2011, 6am PDT
The sudden appearance of a ping pong table in a public park in Dallas is a perfect example of the concept of emergence in cities, according to this post on <em>Pegasus News</em>.
Pegasus News