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Public Engagement

October 24, 2019, 7am PDT
As cities across the U.S. commit to ambitious climate actions, they're seeking effective ways to engage with local communities.
Yale Climate Connections
May 13, 2019, 2pm PDT
A proposal from the provincial government of Ontario would revive an appeals process for planning and development processes in Toronto. An elected official and former planner writes to oppose the idea.
Spacing Toronto
March 13, 2019, 6am PDT
Online reviews aren't representative of overall neighborhood populations, but they can reveal data that otherwise might go unnoticed during research phases of planning processes.
PhysOrg
February 19, 2019, 1pm PST
This article features the innovative outreach work of the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and California High-Speed Rail, among others.
InTransition Magazine
January 22, 2019, 8am PST
New York and Chicago asked residents to suggest sites for new docking stations. Most were not put at those locations, but that doesn’t mean collecting public input is not a useful and important part of the planning process, say researchers.
CityLab
January 1, 2019, 5am PST
The HERE app provides new ways to access information about the local arts and architecture scene.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 24, 2018, 11am PST
The borough of Homestead, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh, is in the middle of its first comprehensive planning process since 2001.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 11, 2018, 12pm PDT
Portland, OR is asking residents to help prioritize its "wishlist" of transportation projects for the growing Central City area.
The Oregonian
June 18, 2018, 9am PDT
Sidewalk Labs has officially set up shop as Sidewalk Toronto, with a home base in Quayside, the waterfront district that the company is tasked with transforming in the image of a "smart city."
The Toronto Star
May 9, 2018, 7am PDT
The Boston Planning & Development Agency released a powerful new map of the entire city—complete with layers like shadows, flood plains, and zoning districts—to the public.
The Boston Globe
March 22, 2018, 7am PDT
A recent debate in Washington, D.C. echoed common concerns about the planning process in cities around the country.
Greater Greater Washington
March 13, 2018, 2pm PDT
Public concern boiled over last week at a town hall meeting intended to discuss the proposed development of a stadium to house Temple University's football team in North Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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
November 15, 2017, 10am PST
Planners and the public must improve their relationship, according to this article.
Strong Towns
November 2, 2017, 5am PDT
Now open for public comment, a proposed rewrite to the county's zoning code embraces green buildings, lower parking minimums, and increased public engagement by developers.
Greater Greater Washington
October 25, 2017, 6am PDT
Damon Rich wants constituents and professionals alike to get excited about the bureaucratic slog.
Next City
October 19, 2017, 6am PDT
All stories are purposeful. They’re meant to entertain or inform or inspire to action. If you're a storyteller for a placemaking initiative, Ben Brown says you'd better have a happily ever after.
PlaceShakers
September 9, 2017, 5am PDT
In participatory planning, there is no planning without several events known as charrettes, which you probably already knew. Less likely to be common knowledge, however, is how charrettes can live up to their promise in the planning process.
Next City
July 5, 2017, 8am PDT
Seattle's Design Review Program, in place since 1994, could see substantive changes in the near future.
The Urbanist
June 28, 2017, 5am PDT
The Port Authority of Allegheny County is moving forward on a proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) system that connects Downtown Pittsburgh with Uptown, Oakland, and Wilkinsburg, with branches to Squirrel Hill and Highland Park.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette