May 7, 2010, 9am PDT
Former Planetizen managing editor Christian Madera proposes that videoconferencing could revolutionize the public meeting because the entire proceedings could be "broken up and digitized."
April 26, 2010, 5am PDT
Architect and urban innovator Andrés Duany has a new bone of contention: the usurping of the planning process by the public during the approval stage for new projects. Managing Editor Tim Halbur reports from Cambridge, Massachusetts.
April 1, 2010, 11am PDT
In a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Alderman Joe Moore explains why he is letting residents decide how to spend his $1.3m ward budget, through the first Participatory Budgeting process in the US.
March 31, 2010, 11am PDT
In a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Alderman Joe Moore explains why he is letting residents decide how to spend his $1.3 ward budget, through the first Participatory Budgeting process in the US.
March 30, 2010, 7am PDT
Even when the circuitry is beyond us mere mortals, DIY comes to the rescue
In town meetings we use the Internet for a wide variety of
uses, from photo walls to display images collected during our WalkShop tours, to brainstorming and voting with ourAnyWare suite of tools, to collecting
ideas using Google Docs or Google MyMaps at round tables. The latest WiFi cards are making
connecting to the Internet possible in places where the Internet normally is
March 29, 2010, 9am PDT
Planners at the Town of Cary, North Carolina were tasked by the mayor to make their complex planning process more accessible. In January, they launched a new website that allows developers to play out scenarios on their parcel to see what could work there. Planetizen interviews the people who made it a reality.
March 25, 2010, 7am PDT
<em>Governing</em>'s Stephen Goldsmith looks at the trend of smart phone applications related to city governance and civic improvement. He sees huge potential in these early stages of a trend that's likely to experience exponential growth.
March 12, 2010, 5am PST
The city of Miami is putting its 311 phone system and the civic problems it's used to report online, enabling residents and city officials to easily track local problems.
March 11, 2010, 2pm PST
Last year I had the opportunity to teach a graduate course on "Web 2.0 for Policy and Planning" at the University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning & Development.
Although I am co-teaching a different class this year, I have updated my course website with a revised course syllabus and extensive reading list on Web 2.0 and planning, based on what I learned
from teaching the course in Spring, 2009.
February 13, 2010, 5am PST
We may not be driving flying cars, but the futuristic city is here -- in the form of a more intimate connections, communication technologies and social interactions. Former Planetizen Managing Editor Christian Madera discusses.
February 10, 2010, 12pm PST
A local Council in Scotland is considering convening a Citizens Panel to consider the next round of difficult cuts to local budgets. This opinion piece debates whether public involvement is a value-added, or if it just slows down decisionmaking.
February 9, 2010, 6am PST
Washington County, Utah invites the public once a year to see what transportation projects are in the works and talk to planners and engineers. The meet-and-greet has proved highly popular and a way for information to flow both ways.
The Spectrum and Daily News
January 26, 2010, 1pm PST
In a region where public participation is often excluded from the planning process, urban planners are hosting a charrette in Abu Dhabi.
January 22, 2010, 6am PST
The U.S. Federal Government has released a new online tool to help in the collection of feedback and ideas from the general public.
January 8, 2010, 5am PST
This article looks at how a Connecticut journalist used the online nuisance reporting tool SeeClickFix to get locals involved in his newspaper's newsgathering and storytelling.
November 23, 2009, 7am PST
This essay from <em>Places</em> offers five simple ways to make the world a better place -- and they're all related to the built environment.
November 2, 2009, 12pm PST
David Villano takes an in-depth survey of the state of public engagement practices in the U.S., and the positive effects of the processes that work.
November 2, 2009, 9am PST
Paul Shigley reports that Duany spoke to planners at an event in Sacramento, and has a new issue: the broken process for getting things built.
California Planning & Development Report
October 24, 2009, 11am PDT
Planning students from New York-area universities are being integrated into the city's community boards through an innovative new fellowship program.
The Architect's Newspaper
October 15, 2009, 10am PDT
New communication and interaction technologies are dramatically changing the way the public understands and participates in government. The emerging openness of data and information at the city level is broadening the urban policy conversation, but challenges and questions lie ahead as the open city develops.