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July 20, 2019, 9am PDT
In removing all gendered language from its civil code, the city of Berkeley is tossing out some familiar nomenclature.
The Mercury News
June 9, 2017, 1pm PDT
What it means when planners use their words.
The Austin Chronicle
April 19, 2017, 5am PDT
Richard Florida calls for the use of the term "New Urban Luddites" to describe the embedded interests that obstruct the growth of cities. The consequences of New Urban Luddite politics, according to Florida, are too severe for such an innocuous term.
January 14, 2017, 11am PST
A participant in some of Seattle's most consequential planning processes puts out a call for a more inclusive use of language.
The Urbanist
Blog post
January 10, 2017, 5am PST
Some planning jargon actually clarifies rather than confuses.
Michael Lewyn
January 9, 2017, 2pm PST
A collection of planning and transportation experts humbly submits a list of words and terms that have lost their value (if they ever had any to begin with).
Next City
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.
August 28, 2015, 10am PDT
At some point in the past 35 years, the word infrastructure became common in policy discussions and even in the common tongue. But why did we suddenly prefer the word "infrastructure" to other terms like "public works"?
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
June 13, 2015, 5am PDT
A panel at the recent Urban Land Institute conference in Houston considers the imperative of understanding mixed-use development and its various forms.
Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research
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
April 23, 2014, 11am PDT
Do you have to be a “plannerd” to think planning is cool? Is there a planner alive who can bridge the divide between the mysteries of planning and general public interest? One writer dares to hope.
January 21, 2011, 2pm PST
Planner Robert Voigt created this XtraNorml video to poke fun at the incomprehensibility of planner speak, and how it sabotages community engagement.
Civic Blogger
July 26, 2005, 12am PDT

Ric Stephens has compiled a list of some of the wackiest -- yet at times quite realistic -- urban planning words, in a vocabulary he has dubbed 'Plannerese.' This week's Planetizen Op-Ed i

Ric Stephens