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Community Engagement

Feature
July 23, 2019, 8am PDT
Opinion: The Rose City joins the nationwide attack on neighborhood-scale public involvement—and throws its pioneering model of grassroots democracy under the bus.
Michael Mehaffy
June 11, 2019, 2pm PDT
Last spring, voters resoundingly quashed Let's Move Nashville, a $5.4 billion plan to build out the city's transit options. The plan paid too little attention to current riders, advocates say, and they aim to do things differently.
TransitCenter
April 18, 2019, 9am PDT
Public outcry about the priority given protected bike lanes on streets can be mitigated when civic crowdfunding is part of the planning process, according to this article.
The Conversation
Feature
January 28, 2019, 8am PST
A muddled agenda of inclusion seems to be a rationale to eviscerate one of the Oregon city's most lauded civic assets.
Michael Mehaffy, Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard
January 24, 2019, 6am PST
The work of the Orton Family Foundation provides a leading example of community-driven revitalization at work in small towns all over the country, according to this feature in the Christian Science Monitor.
The Christian Science Monitor
Feature
November 29, 2018, 5am PST
A toolbox for local governments to address inequality.
Nate Baker
October 25, 2018, 12pm PDT
Proposal 3, on November's ballot, aims to bring new diversity to the community board system that advises land use and development decisions around the city.
Curbed New York
September 3, 2018, 1pm PDT
A roundtable discussion tackles the question about how to make those first steps toward more involvement with planning in the local community.
Greater Greater Washington
Feature
August 16, 2018, 8am PDT
Memory can be an intensely powerful tool when planning for the future.
James Rojas
August 6, 2018, 5am PDT
A professor of planning calls out the emotional abuse facing planners—from professional colleagues in related fields, from elected officials, and from the public.
Lisa Schweitzer
July 7, 2018, 1pm PDT
Under the new guidelines, developers will need to implement specific community engagement strategies, at times based on a neighborhood's demographics.
The Urbanist
Blog post
March 8, 2018, 5am PST
Forces are aligning to increase polarization and tension in public dialog, and planners are increasingly caught in the middle. A recent workshop with 100 engagement experts resulted in a free eBook to help planners detox their public involvement.
Dave Biggs
March 1, 2018, 8am PST
All planners encounter passionate obstructionist activity at some point. While the reasoning for anti-development is often discussed, it's still not a widely understood force in the planning process and the evolution of cities.
UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate
Feature
February 14, 2018, 9am PST
Storytelling are a key tool for planners. Here are a few tips on how to integrate storytelling into planning processes.
James Rojas
February 2, 2018, 12pm PST
A new report from the Regional Plan Association, expected for release early next week, will provide suggestions for how the city of New York can empower community boards.
AM New York
November 26, 2017, 9am PST
Harvard Square bears the name of a prestigious private university, but it's still public space. More community organizations are taking a role in determining its future in an era of change for the historic location.
Harvard Magazine
September 11, 2017, 10am PDT
Equity is a popular topic of discussion, but how can planning organizations address that within their structure? What are some actions that they can take to include equity in everyday operations?
PlanIt - Metropolitan Council
September 8, 2017, 11am PDT
The community's hard work has helped Flint planners take an inventory of its building stock, as well as secure needed funding from the federal government.
Center for Community Progress
August 20, 2017, 5am PDT
Community engagement is a powerful tool to guide investments toward the places we inhabit.
PlanIt - Metropolitan Council
Feature
August 9, 2017, 9am PDT
With the recently adopted Community Greening Plan, Capital Region Water has committed to the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in Harrisburg. The plan is empowering residents to partner in stormwater management.
Claire Maulhardt, Andrew Dobshinsky