Democracy

A recent post on the Project for Public Spaces’ (PPS) Placemaking Blog rekindled my long-held interest in the connection between public participation in the planning process and governance, a topic I explored a decade ago during my graduate studi Opinion
Mar 26, 2013   By Jonathan Nettler
In the first entry in a series exploring the connection between the processes and products of Placemaking and city governance, PPS explores how "Place Governance" can increase leadership, equity, and cohesion among citizens.
Mar 20, 2013   Project for Public Spaces blog
Marcus Tudehope offers 12 reasons why community-led counting and mapping of the urban poor can be an effective tool for putting "power and democracy" into their hands.
Mar 7, 2013   The Global Urbanist
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.
Apr 20, 2012   Times Herald
In this op-ed for <em>The Detroit News</em>, Rob Goodspeed argues that Detroit needs to exert more effort to dialog with its citizens about how the city should change.
Jun 4, 2011   The Detroit News
The Tea Party has it all wrong, writes Joel Mills. Urban planning is not a radical, elitist agenda, but the best example of local democracy available today. Exclusive
Jan 31, 2011  By Joel Mills
Hundreds of townships in Indiana serve fewer than 1,000 people each, prompting some government officials to call for consolidation to reduce wasted resources.
Jan 26, 2011   The Indianapolis Star
RThe impact of cities is spreading beyond local and even national borders, argues Robert Neuwirth in this piece from <em>What Matters</em>.
Jan 13, 2011   What Matters
Beth Novick, author of <em>Wiki Government</em>, says that today's technology invites us to "rethink not only our democratic institutions, but our democratic theory."
Aug 15, 2010   WorldChanging
In a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Alderman Joe Moore explains why he is letting residents decide how to spend his $1.3m ward budget, through the first Participatory Budgeting process in the US.
Apr 1, 2010   Chicago Tribune
In a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Alderman Joe Moore explains why he is letting residents decide how to spend his $1.3 ward budget, through the first Participatory Budgeting process in the US.
Mar 31, 2010   Chicago Tribune