Language of Planning

Tulsa Arkansas River

How Tulsa Beat Flooding Without Saying 'Climate Change'

An oil town in a red state proves we don't have to talk about climate change to adapt to it.

November 9, 2017 - Governing

Austin

Defining Key Zoning Code Terms for the Masses

What it means when planners use their words.

June 9, 2017 - The Austin Chronicle

City Hall

'Define Each and Every Acronym'

A participant in some of Seattle's most consequential planning processes puts out a call for a more inclusive use of language.

January 14, 2017 - The Urbanist

AP Style Guide Favors 'Crash' Over 'Accident' (Sometimes)

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."

April 5, 2016 - Twitter

Writer Dude

Ask the Editor: Planning Grammar Edition

The Planetizen managing editor answers questions about some of the post consistently befuddling grammar questions that arise when writing and talking about planning.

April 1, 2016 - Planetizen April 1st Edition

20 Google Chrome Substitutions for Planners

Extensions that automatically change the appearance of words in the Google Chrome browser have provided serious laughs. Now for a planning edition.

April 1, 2016 - Planetizen April 1st Edition

Word Cloud detail

Tips for Writing Better Planning Documents

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.

September 17, 2015 - UrbDeZine

Writing

I Use the Word 'Vibrant' (and You Can Too)

Planners and designers should not be afraid to reclaim overused and misused words—as long as they know what they're doing.

July 30, 2015 - James Brasuell

Plannerese

Spell Check Now Speaks Planner

Microsoft announced a big update to the Word spell check dictionary today to include the constantly evolving and often incomprehensible language of planning.

April 1, 2015 - Planetizen April 1st Edition

Place Sarte - Beauvoir

Blogging the City: Research, Collaboration, and Engagement in Urban Planning

Blogs are a rewarding platform for bringing academic perspectives and research results to a much broader audience of scholars, planning professionals, students, and citizens.

February 18, 2015 - Dean Saitta

The Wørd: Placemaking Edition

What's new for placemaking advocacy in 2015? In short, being an effective communicator is in. Being self-concerned and oblivious is out.

January 6, 2015 - PlaceShakers

Lichtenstein Museum

The Best Sentences of the Week (Volume 4)

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.

November 2, 2014 - Planetizen

Banksy Graffiti

The Best Sentences of the Week (Volume 3)

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.

October 26, 2014 - Planetizen

Idiot brigade

Op-Ed: End the Pejorative Use of 'NIMBY'

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.

October 25, 2014 - The Washington Post

Writing

The Best Sentences of the Week (Volume 2)

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.

October 18, 2014 - Planetizen

The Best Sentences of the Week

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.

October 10, 2014 - Planetizen

Anti-Growth Measures Adopting Pro-Growth Language to Survive

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.

October 2, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

Friday Fun: 'Walkblock' and a New Urban Lexicon

Writing for Greater Greater Washington, Matt Johnson has compiled a list of neologisms to describe the unique encounters of contemporary city living.

September 19, 2014 - Greater Greater Washington

Should the 'Master' Be Removed from Planning?

Activists and officials in Philadelphia are currently debating the chosen nomenclature of one of the largest and most influential forms of planning—master planning.

May 22, 2014 - PlanPhilly

Road Construction

Trends to Watch in Planetizen’s Top Posts

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.

April 9, 2014 - James Brasuell

Top Books

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Top Apps

Planning apps for a brave new world.

Top Schools

The definitive ranking of graduate planning programs.

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.