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Public Engagement

October 15, 2020, 6am PDT
Newport, Rhode Island is undertaking a major planning initiative during the pandemic.
October 9, 2020, 8am PDT
Despite opposition from the neighborhood, a low-income housing community was built in an upscale subdivision in California. How did developers make it happen?
October 6, 2020, 11am PDT
In pursuit of a grant for park development, Los Angeles County engages community members virtually to gather input and design a new park.
Antelope Valley Press
September 30, 2020, 5am PDT
New Jersey is now home to one of the "most stringent" environmental justice laws in the country.
Next City
September 17, 2020, 10am PDT
Organizations blend past and present strategies to stay in touch with community members.
Shelterforce Magazine
September 14, 2020, 6am PDT
Public meetings often disprove the notion that communities have a unified stance on any issue. With this in mind, we must move past trying to find consensus and focus on uplifting the most marginalized voices.
Shelterforce Magazine
September 9, 2020, 8am PDT
Online public hearings and other meetings have become commonplace. A case can be made to continue virtual meetings even in the post-COVID-19 era.
August 10, 2020, 7am PDT
Computer simulations continue to play a novel and important role in urban planning, especially in finding new ways to engage the public and add some fun to the process of planning for the future of cities.
August 4, 2020, 6am PDT
Virtual reality meetings are a poor substitute for the normal public engagement process included in the city of New York's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, according ton opinion piece recently published by City Limits.
City Limits
July 26, 2020, 11am PDT
Older, white homeowners take up far more than an equal share of the seats at the planning table in San Diego.
Voice of San Diego
June 17, 2020, 12pm PDT
As online engagement becomes increasingly important during COVID-19, so does understanding compliance with legal requirements.
May 21, 2020, 11am PDT
TransitCenter published a new report on the emerging practices of public engagement at a time when large gatherings have been prohibited.
February 13, 2020, 7am PST
Dating back to a tradition begun in the 1630s, public meetings are an essential part of the political systems, and planning processes, of U.S. cities. Public meetings are also broken, according to this article.
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.
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.
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