Community Engagement

Blog post
July 19, 2016, 8am PDT
Dave Biggs interviews author James Hoggan about his new book, "I'm Right and You're An Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up."
Dave Biggs
Blog post
July 5, 2016, 10am PDT
Planners, like any other professionals, live in a kind of bubble. Those charged with dealing with the public run the risk of expecting too much from residents as they design community engagement activities. Here are some of the most common mistakes.
Dave Biggs
June 1, 2016, 6am PDT
NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design, recently wrapped up its fourth season. To learn more about who makes up the design community, photographer Charles Aydlett asked attendees how they would like to see design evolve in the city.
Doggerel
May 24, 2016, 10am PDT
if a community planning effort is to be judged by the degree to which all voices are heard, then anything short of a big turnout is going to feel like failure. Ben Brown talks equitable engagement, and aligning promises with implementation.
PlaceShakers
Blog post
May 6, 2016, 6am PDT
With the constellation of civic technologies, like online community engagement platforms, growing quickly, it's important to recognize the positive and negative consequences of new practices in community engagement.
Dave Biggs
Blog post
April 20, 2016, 12pm PDT
In the middle of presidential primary season, the debate about the caucus vs. primary processes is hot with criticisms being leveled on both sides. What can planners learn about this debate to help improve community engagement for planning?
Dave Biggs
Blog post
April 14, 2016, 5am PDT

As I do every year at the APA National Conference, I did my best to catch as many community engagement sessions as possible. Here are highlights, takeaways, and the common threads I noticed this year.

Dave Biggs
Blog post
March 28, 2016, 2pm PDT
With disruptions at public meetings on the rise and a growing number of online engagement tools to choose from, is face to face community engagement destined to die out? What's at stake if we let that happen?
Dave Biggs
Blog post
March 14, 2016, 6am PDT

Introducing the Fiasco Files—a lighthearted look at those times when things went sideways in community engagement. This Fiasco File tells the story of an angry and vocal minority group and the havoc the raised at a public meeting.

Dave Biggs
March 11, 2016, 1pm PST
Details are emerging about Biketown—the new bikeshare system coming to Portland. Portland is making use of online engagement and interactive mapping to inform station location choices.
Bike Portland
March 3, 2016, 8am PST
Los Angeles is experiencing an elevated anti-growth conversation and suspicion of insider dealings at City Hall. In the midst of this, a councilmember known as an "outsider" aims to reconcile his constituents with the city's development processes.
The Planning Report
February 24, 2016, 11am PST
After a few decades watching—and sometimes helping—great ideas die of overexposure to reality, I'm convinced it's not enough to just listen to folks you're hoping to help. You have to make something happen. A well-conceived charrette helps.
PlaceShakers
Blog post
February 23, 2016, 10am PST
Do modern accessibility regulations go far enough to ensure fair access to all community members for public engagement activities? How can we design our planning processes to reach the broadest demographic?
Dave Biggs
February 23, 2016, 7am PST
An article in CityLab says organizers and facilitators should avoid a few simple mistakes to help improve community meetings.
CityLab
January 20, 2016, 1pm PST
Here's a counter-intuitive proposition for transit agencies: feed the Twitter trolls.
The Urban Edge
January 14, 2016, 9am PST
By using the data provided by millions of Twitter users, two researchers discovered surprising insights into public sentiment in shrinking cities.
At Lincoln House
December 17, 2015, 12pm PST
East Portland is home to 25 percent of the city's residents—many of which are low-income or immigrants. The East Portland Action Plan aims to protect the community as a wave of gentrification approaches.
The Oregonian
December 7, 2015, 11am PST
A new guidebook by the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre can help improve a critical part of the job for all planners.
Project For Public Spaces
October 24, 2015, 7am PDT
A group of teens were recently participated in the comprehensive planning process for the city of Rockville, Maryland.
Rockville View
October 19, 2015, 9am PDT
The process of building tactile models of neighborhoods as tools for planning outreach just got an upgrade with a high-tech, interactive Lego model built for the Boston area.
CityLab