Community Engagement

Feature
August 4, 2015, 5am PDT
Sean O'Malley and Andrew Watkins, of the landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm SWA, describe the benefits of a design process that empowers people and communities to participate.
Sean O'Malley and Andrew Watkins
July 10, 2015, 5am PDT
Community engagement on planning subjects is fraught with the potential for boredom and political conflict. The former mayor of Chattanooga recounts lessons gained while combating those possibilities over a 40-year career.
Governing - City Accelerator
Feature
June 3, 2015, 6am PDT
Amid growing skepticism, an international gathering examines the useful benefits for an age of critical urban challenges.
Michael Mehaffy
May 22, 2015, 8am PDT
The Citi Foundation and Living Cities announced $3 million in grant funding to help cities adopt innovative practices in community engagement. Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Seattle will have 18 months to empower citizens.
Next City
April 2, 2015, 8am PDT
Seeing projects through—whether affordable housing, public space, or infrastructure—for low-income populations in cities like Los Angeles requires grit and coalition-building.
The Planning Report
March 20, 2015, 11am PDT
Ahead of a February 2016 deadline for an environmental impact statement, residents are making their opinions known about the potential routes for a proposed light rail line connecting Durham and Chapel Hill.
The News & Observer
March 17, 2015, 7am PDT
A blight elimination plan for Flint, Michigan has take shape over the past year, revealing innovative, community-based strategies for improving vacant properties and stabilizing the city's population.
Next City
March 5, 2015, 2pm PST
As social media platforms evolve into specific niches, the Nextdoor platform is quickly expanding its online version of neighborhood-level interaction.
New York Times
March 4, 2015, 11am PST
A huge crowd braved un-Texas-like weather this weekend in Dallas to participate in the "Festival of Ideas." The Dallas Morning News hopes the citizens of Big D will keep up their momentum in working to improve their city.
The Dallas Morning News
January 10, 2015, 11am PST
John King writes that the "Gallery + Ideas Forum" at the Presidio in San Francisco provides an excellent model for presenting issues and ideas of planning and urban design to the public.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 8, 2015, 10am PST
While many are excited about the prospect of James Corner Field Operations redesigning the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, one commenter sees some of the worst dynamics of top-down planning at work.
Streets MN
January 7, 2015, 5am PST
Washington D.C. made a high-profile hire to run its Office of Planning: the former director of community and economic development of Salt Lake City, Eric Shaw.
Greater Greater Washington
December 6, 2014, 9am PST
Sandy Smith summarizes a recent "Gentrification, Integration, and Equity" event hosted by Next City in Philadelphia.
Next City
November 22, 2014, 5am PST
This week residents in the North Carolina Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) will provide input on key segments of a future regional light rail system. The project has been analyzed for 15 years, yet the question of whether to build it remains.
The Durham News
October 23, 2014, 11am PDT
Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow asks the question of whether the data produced by Twitter could be used to understand and plan cities?
Next City
October 14, 2014, 9am PDT
When it comes to public transportation, walkable commercial districts, and supporting the arts, Pasadena has some things figured out.
The Planning Report
Feature
October 2, 2014, 10am PDT
By focusing on their common interest in working toward the public good, the gap between faith-based institutions and the planning processes of their communities can be bridged.
Milton Friesen
Feature
August 6, 2014, 5am PDT
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.
Colby Sledge
August 5, 2014, 11am PDT
As part of the Vision Zero initiative for traffic safety, the city has hosted a map system that allowed citizens to report safety issues encountered on the street. With the reporting period now over, you can still peruse the findings of the exercise.
StreetsBlog NYC
July 7, 2014, 12pm PDT
Michael E. Young reports that residents are upset about notification regarding the approval of two subsidized housing projects in the city of McKinney, located on the edge of the Dallas metropolitan area.
Dallas News