Community Engagement

May 24, 2012, 5am PDT
Roger Valdez gives his take on the new obstructionism that is dominating public participation and holding up much-needed growth in Seattle and elsewhere.
Crosscut
April 27, 2012, 10am PDT
Ole Amundsen discusses the Central Indiana Land Trust's recent work in proactive land use planning, signaling a broader change in the way land trusts are doing business.
APA - Sustaining Places Blog
April 20, 2012, 8am PDT
The City Council of Vallejo, California, approved the first city-wide Participatory Budgeting process in the US this week. Residents will directly decide how to spend around $3 million from new sales tax revenue.
Times Herald
April 4, 2012, 9am PDT
Irmak Turan discusses agriculture's place in the city, as seen by a handful of Brooklyn activists. From stormwater absorption to community ties, these farms provide more than just fresh food for earthy hipsters.
Urban Omnibus
Feature
March 5, 2012, 4pm PST
New technologies are providing participatory platforms that allow individuals to share their ideas, interact with other's ideas, and work towards collaborative solutions to resolve problems or take advantage of opportunities. Kevin C. Desouza, PhD offers five guidelines to ensure that the use of such emerging technologies are maximized by practitioners.
Kevin C. Desouza
September 16, 2011, 7am PDT
Earlier this week, New York City officials announced a new bikeshare system that will be available to New Yorkers in 2012.
TheCityFix.com
August 16, 2011, 1pm PDT
Candy Chang is using public art installations to spark community involvement and input on land use.
Grist
July 27, 2011, 7am PDT
At the Ford foundations 75th anniversary, Citiwire’s Neal Peirce reports how “ground urban strategies in inclusion and equity” is the secret to a “Just City.”
Citiwire
July 15, 2011, 5am PDT
Beachside Santa Monica recently launched an ambitious Land Use and Circulation Element, which will balance growth, neighborhoods, and traffic. The plan has received accolades, and the city has become a model for consensus-based planning.
The Planning Report
May 24, 2011, 9am PDT
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NY's "Chief Digital Officer" Rachel Sterne presented plans to use enhance technology that connects citizens with their government.
SeeClickFix Blog
February 13, 2011, 11am PST
"Intelligent cities" is picking up steam as the new buzzword in planning and a potentially game-changing way of using data to drive decisions. But we need to be sure we don't lose the human intelligence in planning.
Next American City
January 30, 2011, 1pm PST
The Domino Effect is a new documentary film that explores the process of real estate development in New York City to uncover the complex networks of banks, developers, politicians, and non-profit organizations that shape our cities.
L Magazine
December 6, 2010, 2pm PST
A new musical comedy, "In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards," brings song and dance to the conflict over the redevelopment of the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. <em>The NY Times</em> reviews it as "fresh, inventive"...and "entertaining."
The New York Times
November 17, 2010, 11am PST
An experiment in community participation conducted by a multinational group of architects, planners and artists in south Delhi tests the efficacy of guerrilla neighborhood planning methods in the developing world.
The Wall Street Journal
November 7, 2010, 11am PST
PlaceMaker Scott Doyon says that for cities -- maybe more than any other organization -- branding is about who you really are, and what what you really do, not a meaningless slogan or logo.
PlaceShakers
June 12, 2010, 7am PDT
Joe Peach understands "that online technologies and the city are becoming increasingly integrated," and argues that social media should have a democratizing effect on the planning process.
thisbigcity.net
April 15, 2010, 5am PDT
New York City's long-term sustainability plan is coming up on its three-year anniversary. Tom Angotti says that now's the time to take its broad citywide efforts down to the neighborhood level.
Gotham Gazette
October 18, 2009, 11am PDT
This piece from <em>Urban Omnibus</em> looks at a collaborative effort in New York City to get immigrant populations better engaged in the city's public parks.
Urban Omnibus
September 12, 2009, 11am PDT
The Pittsburgh Marathon was canceled for five years due to budget constraints, but a recent study shows that the 2009 race generated over $22 million in spending.
PopCity Magazine
August 30, 2009, 11am PDT
A review of a new book <em>Building Commons and Community</em> by Karl Linn, a landscape architect and psychologist who worked to create vibrant community spaces in abandoned lots and boring institutional settings.
re:place Magazine