Community Engagement

Booming development and shifting demographics are driving updates to Music City’s land use policies. Civic leaders and planners say they want residents to steer the process, which has meant getting people’s attention in some unlikely ways. Exclusive
Aug 6, 2014  By Colby Sledge
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With cities seeking to involve diverse voices in city-making to get beyond “the usual suspects,” Vancouver urbanists Brent Toderian and Jillian Glover examine how cities in their region are finding new ways to increase civic participation. Exclusive
Mar 5, 2014  By Brent Toderian
A new Internet-based game hopes to expand the allure of civic engagement by making planning playful. Trial runs in Detroit and Salem, Massachusetts have already shown promise in attracting new voices to the planning process.
Mar 29, 2013   Fast Company Co.Exist
Looking for new ways to explain best placemaking practices? Today's guest Shaker, Amanda Thompson, has a novel take: dance. Complete with video!
Feb 17, 2013   PlaceShakers
Luis Alberto Moreno explores how Facebook and Twitter are improving cities in the developing world, as the governments of many Latin American municipalities take advantage of the explosive growth of social media to engage with citizens.
Nov 14, 2012   The Atlantic Cities
What does it mean to truly involve the public in planning processes? Neeraj Mehta finds "too much placation, manipulation and tokenism in our engagement efforts," and identifies principles for collective problem-solving and shared decision-making.
Nov 1, 2012   Next American City
If you want to know something about Davis, CA, don’t go to the website of the local paper or the city, go to DavisWiki, a repository of all things Davis, written by the public. Thanks to a recent grant, could something similar be coming to your town?
Oct 26, 2012   Fast Company Co.Exist
"Since the beginning of 2011, 180 bills restricting voting and voter registration have been introduced in 41 states. Over 70% of the electoral votes needed to win the 2012 Presidential election will come from states with new restrictive voting laws."
Oct 25, 2012   Shelterforce Magazine
Zoning reform is a political campaign. Coder Susan Henderson talks about audience dynamics, with a special focus on how to communicate with property owners and the developer community.
Oct 2, 2012   PlaceShakers
A young artist in New Orleans launches a social experiment on the built environment, turning the walls of the city's buildings into a public forum.
Jun 24, 2012   Next American City
The Project for Public Spaces has compiled a "how-to" list for re-claiming your community's public spaces.
Jun 19, 2012   Project For Public Spaces