Language of Planning

April 5, 2016, 1pm PDT
This is the moment a lot of traffic safety advocates have been waiting for: the AP Style Guide, purveyors of rules and regulations to journalists and other, has taken a side in the debate about the word "accident."
Twitter
April 1, 2016, 1pm PDT
The Planetizen managing editor answers questions about some of the post consistently befuddling grammar questions that arise when writing and talking about planning.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2016, 9am PDT
Extensions that automatically change the appearance of words in the Google Chrome browser have provided serious laughs. Now for a planning edition.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
September 17, 2015, 10am PDT
Writing may not be the key focus for urban planners, but it is a necessary skill for better communicating with the public on important planning issues, writes Clement Lau, a Los Angeles County planner.
UrbDeZine
Blog post
July 30, 2015, 10am PDT
Planners and designers should not be afraid to reclaim overused and misused words—as long as they know what they're doing.
James Brasuell
April 1, 2015, 9am PDT
Microsoft announced a big update to the Word spell check dictionary today to include the constantly evolving and often incomprehensible language of planning.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
Blog post
February 18, 2015, 5am PST
Blogs are a rewarding platform for bringing academic perspectives and research results to a much broader audience of scholars, planning professionals, students, and citizens.
Dean Saitta
January 6, 2015, 2pm PST
What's new for placemaking advocacy in 2015? In short, being an effective communicator is in. Being self-concerned and oblivious is out.
PlaceShakers
November 2, 2014, 1pm PST
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.
Planetizen
October 26, 2014, 1pm PDT
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.
Planetizen
October 25, 2014, 5am PDT
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.
The Washington Post
October 18, 2014, 9am PDT
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.
Planetizen
October 10, 2014, 2pm PDT
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.
Planetizen
October 2, 2014, 1pm PDT
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.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2014, 6am PDT
Writing for Greater Greater Washington, Matt Johnson has compiled a list of neologisms to describe the unique encounters of contemporary city living.
Greater Greater Washington
May 22, 2014, 12pm PDT
Activists and officials in Philadelphia are currently debating the chosen nomenclature of one of the largest and most influential forms of planning—master planning.
PlanPhilly
Blog post
April 9, 2014, 6am PDT
We post a lot of articles here at Planetizen, and the traffic created by you, our audience, provides valuable feedback about the ideas and places of interest to the planning and urbanism community.
James Brasuell
Blog post
February 9, 2014, 1pm PST
To be pedantic, or to participate, is the question.
James Brasuell
March 24, 2012, 1pm PDT
Emily Badger delivers a lesson in how to navigate the linguistic minefield awaiting anyone who endeavors to talk about cities with those who don't live in one.
The Atlantic Cities