Public Participation

September 9, 2008, 6am PDT
By enlisting the help of concerned local citizens, researchers are getting better documentation of the locations of potentially polluting industrial land uses near residential areas.
The Los Angeles Times
September 2, 2008, 8am PDT
One-sixth of the total land in New York has been rezoned under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and some say it's fueling widespread gentrification. Community members affected by the changes are calling for more say in the future of their neighborhoods.
The Gotham Gazette
July 21, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>B.C. Auditor General John Doyle released a scathing report this week claiming that officials have done a poor job of involving the public and looking out for their best interests.</p>
The National Post
July 7, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Street posters play an important role in participatory civic life, according to this article from <em>re:place</em> magazine.</p>
June 9, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Urban planning commentator Robert Goodspeed declares June "Public Participation in Urban Planning Month" and offers a four part series examining how technology and public participation might be more closely linked.</p>
The Goodspeed Update
May 21, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A committee in Baltimore charged with the task of encouraging more public involvement in land use decisions is learning how difficult that can be as it faces criticism that its own meetings didn't get enough participation from residents.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
May 13, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Pubilc art should be guided by public input, according to this commentary.</p>
The Guardian
April 10, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The City of Oak Harbor, Washington is giving residents a chance to sound off about planning and development issues on several blogs.</p>
Whidbey News-Times
March 25, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Progressive Planning</em> looks at the communal councils being set up in Venezuela and the progress they have made in local planning efforts.</p>
Progressive Planning
March 20, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Controversy over noise and property values have pitted homeowners against city officials with plans to build an off-road vehicle park in Juneau, Alaska.</p>
Juneau Empire
March 10, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>This episode of <em>Smart City</em> includes a discussion about charrettes with Bill Lennertz of the National Charrette Institute.</p>
Smart City
Blog post
June 9, 2007, 7am PDT

Some people choose to work in planning because they see it as a relatively interesting and stable job. Others have dreams of being the equivalent of an all-powerful SimCity-style mayor. However, many choose planning as a career because they want to make a difference in the world. They want to do good and to help those who are the least advantaged. They are attracted by the potential, if limited, for planning to foster environmental justice and social equity.

Ann Forsyth
Blog post
April 13, 2007, 9am PDT

This message is brought to you by the frustrated residents of a city where strip malls prosper and the stock of affordable housing struggles to keep up with demand.

Housing Crisis In L.A.

A new strip mall being constructed at the intersection of Venice Blvd. and Western Ave. in Los Angeles inspired this public display.

Strip malls are in no short supply in L.A., and this is just one example of yet another being built in the city. Unmixed-use retail developments like this are popping up all over the place. Much less new housing is being built. And a sharply lower amount of new affordable housing is being built.

Nate Berg
Blog post
March 26, 2007, 8am PDT

As one of my favorite colleagues says, all anyone ever cares about at any public meeting is “where do I live and where do I park?” Public process, in short, asks people to accept changes to their homes and lives. And people generally do not like change.

Barbara Faga