Public Participation

Communities have a growing number of technological resources available to face the challenges posed by a growing population and a resource constrained world. Exclusive
May 20, 2014  By Tom Spengler
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. Exclusive
Apr 26, 2010  By Tim Halbur
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.
Apr 1, 2010   Chicago Tribune
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.
Mar 31, 2010   Chicago Tribune
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 Opinion
Mar 30, 2010   By Ken Snyder
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. Exclusive
Mar 29, 2010  By Tim Halbur
<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.
Mar 25, 2010   Governing
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.
Mar 12, 2010   Government Technology
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. Opinion
Mar 11, 2010   By Chris Steins
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.
Feb 13, 2010   Next American City
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.
Feb 10, 2010   The Inverness Courier