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Bringing Planning Back to the People

Has the profession given in to corporate interests, and is there another way forward?

October 3, 2023 - Yes Magazine

A New Model for Community-Led Neighborhood Revitalization

A case study in community-led neighborhood revitalization.

September 23, 2020 - Brookings

Tactical Urbanism

7 Grassroots Strategies Empowering Urban Communities

These grassroots strategies are helping urban neighborhoods improve the quality of life for many of their citizens.

September 10, 2020 - Devin Partida


Development Opponents Gaining Ground in New York City

According to this article in the New York Times, the days of development interests dominating the planning process in New York City are over.

February 11, 2020 - The New York Times

Seattle Transit

King County Expands Fare-Free Transit for Riders in Need

The victory for homeless and very low-income transit riders is a reminder of the importance of grassroots organizing.

December 6, 2016 - Seattle Transit Blog


Grassroots Activists Take On Evictions, Displacement

On the ground, combating gentrification means putting a stop to cost-driven displacement and evictions. Grassroots organizations in some of the hardest-hit cities have dedicated themselves to that task.

March 31, 2015 - Next City

Survey: Americans Buying In to the 'Golden Age of Local Innovation'

While Congress continues a spectacle of inertia and citizens grapple with a recovery fraught with inequity and conflict, local initiatives are taking control of the future direction of communities around the United States, according to a new survey.

March 18, 2015 - National Journal

How Economic Crisis Inspired Grassroots Organizations in Greece

Citiscope examines the organizing and volunteer efforts of citizens in Athens, Greece in response to the country's economic crisis.

January 25, 2015 - Citiscope

Grassroots Support for a Swimming Hole in Houston

In a city as hot in the summers as Houston, the idea of a swimming hole probably seems pretty appealing. Can an idea floated in a local newspaper column and backed by interested and passionate locals come to fruition?

November 28, 2014 - Houston Chronicle


CicLAvia: Reclaiming Streets in the Car Capital of America

The second in a series profiling grassroots activism to increase biking among the diverse populations of Los Angeles County. In this installment, Planetizen spoke with Robert Gard, director of communications for CicLAvia.

September 25, 2014 - Maayan Dembo

Ovarian Psycos

Women on a Mission: The Ovarian Psycos Ride for the Health of their Communities

The first in a series profiling grassroots activism to increase biking among the diverse populations of Los Angeles County. In this installment, we spoke with Karen Díaz, a core member of the Ovarian Psycos bicycle brigade.

September 18, 2014 - Maayan Dembo

Winning an Uphill Battle for Transit

Marie Cusick reports on a community driven effort to bring bus service to a challenged neighborhood in Albany, New York.

April 8, 2012 - NPR

A New Light for Motor City

How grassroots entrepreneurs and inspired religious leaders are working to erase urban blight in Detroit.

November 1, 2011 - Urban Faith

In Defense of ACORN

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now has a remarkable record of grassroots anti-poverty and community development campaigns, writes David Morris.

September 23, 2009 - AlterNet

Community Rebuilding in New Orleans

Rebuilding is underway in New Orleans. But not with huge conglomerates running the show. Most of the work is being done by non-profits, startups and other community-based organizations.

July 28, 2009 - WorldChanging

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.