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Language of Planning

The other day I got into a bit of a spat on Twitter with someone who had clearly had enough with the word "activate."  "Activate may be the worst planning jargon yet," cried the initial tweet. Blog Post
Jul 30, 2015   By James Brasuell
Microsoft announced a big update to the Word spell check dictionary today to include the constantly evolving and often incomprehensible language of planning.
Apr 1, 2015   Planetizen April 1st Edition
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In November 2013 I chaired a session called "Scholarly Blogging: What? Why?" at The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) meeting in Toronto. Blog Post
Feb 18, 2015   By Dean Saitta
What's new for placemaking advocacy in 2015? In short, being an effective communicator is in. Being self-concerned and oblivious is out.
Jan 6, 2015   PlaceShakers
By no means authoritative or comprehensive, here's a collection of noteworthy phrases, paragraphs, commentaries, observations, and more from the recent week in the planning and urbanism discussion.
Nov 2, 2014   Planetizen
By no means authoritative or comprehensive, here's a collection of noteworthy phrases, paragraphs, commentaries, observations, and more from the recent week in the planning and urbanism discussion.
Oct 26, 2014   Planetizen
Harvard University professor Naomi Oreskes writes a defense of NIMBYism, asking that we rethink he use of the term by considering the community-protecting motives of many NIMBYs.
Oct 25, 2014   The Washington Post
By no means authoritative or comprehensive, here's a collection of noteworthy phrases, paragraphs, commentaries, observations, and more from the recent week in the planning and urbanism discussion.
Oct 18, 2014   Planetizen
By no means authoritative or comprehensive, here's a collection of noteworthy phrases, paragraphs, commentaries, observations, and more from the recent week in the planning and urbanism discussion.
Oct 10, 2014   Planetizen
John King has reason to believe a cultural shift toward taller buildings and mixed-use neighborhoods is underway in the Bay Area. How? The language used by opponents of those causes.
Oct 2, 2014   San Francisco Chronicle
Writing for Greater Greater Washington, Matt Johnson has compiled a list of neologisms to describe the unique encounters of contemporary city living.
Sep 19, 2014   Greater Greater Washington