City Departments

Proposed Planning and Development Reorganization Stalls in Philadelphia

A drastic overhaul of the planning and development processes in Philadelphia is, at least for now, on hold so stakeholders can have more time to analyze the proposal.

January 23, 2015 -

Pittsburgh's Proposed Budget to Shuffle Bureau of Building Inspection

Pittsburgh will attempt to spur economic development and streamline the city's permitting and code enforcement process by reorganizing the Bureau of Building Inspection.

November 12, 2014 - Pittsburg Post-Gazette

New Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development Proposed

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke will release the details of a proposal to consolidate planning and development approval authority into a new, cabinet-level city department.

September 29, 2014 - Philadelphia Inquirer

Standardizing and Sharing City Data

New York City is moving forward with a plan to create a singular clearinghouse of public agency information -- an effort to help improve the way city departments work together.

June 25, 2010 - Urban Omnibus

Improving City Services Through Technology

This infographic from GOOD looks at how city departments can use technology to better share data, and improve communication with citizens and streamline city services.

January 19, 2010 - Good

Breaking Silos in the City

May 4, 2009 - Nate Berg

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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.