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Chris Steins is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.
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Chris Steins is Planetizen's co-Editor-in-Chief, and the founder and chief executive of Urban Insight, a leading technology consulting firm that operates Planetizen. Chris has 20 years of experience in technology consulting and urban planning and has served as a consultant to public sector state, county and local agencies, Fortune 500 private firms, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. He is currently creating a modern web-based version of the zoning code for the City of Los Angeles, and developing the next generation of web-based video training for planners.

Chris was formerly the managing editor of The Planning Report and Metro Investment Report, two Los Angeles-based monthly trade publications reporting on urban planning, real estate and infrastructure development. He also previously served as the executive director of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit affordable housing development corporation involved in public-private joint venture development.

Chris is a lecturer for the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and was previously a lecturer at the Sol Price School of Policy at the University of Southern California. He previously served for five years on the executive board of Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles and as Chair of the American Planning Association's Information Technology Division.

Chris received his Masters (M.Pl.) degree in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Chris also holds a variety of technology certifications from UCLA, Microsoft, CompTia, and Novell.

Recent Posts

Blog post
December 2, 2015, 7am PST
I've gathered some of the best here, field tested by my boys who have grown up a little since I last made a list like this in 2010, to help you with your holiday shopping list.
Chris Steins
Blog post
June 2, 2015, 2pm PDT
How do you collect public comments on a web-based PDF planning document? It should be simple. But it isn't.
Chris Steins
January 24, 2014, 11am PST
Los Angeles' City Planning Department offers a layman's introduction to the many forms of zoning codes, from Euclidean to Performance to Incentive.
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
September 13, 2013, 12pm PDT
ESRI's CityEngine software enables 3D modeling of urban environments. The forthcoming version of the software will enable developers to use the 3D city modeling technology in their own software.
September 9, 2013, 7am PDT
The constant criticism of America's freeways makes it difficult to appreciate this infrastructure as important economic and cultural artifacts and a wonderful way to see the country.
New Geography
September 8, 2013, 1pm PDT
The wastewater well from the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, triggered 167 earthquakes in and around Youngstown, Ohio, during a single year of operation, according to research in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
NBC News
September 5, 2013, 12pm PDT
New Jersey has to decide how to protect homes, roads and development from future storms. The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed to build protective sand dunes, but a small number of beachfront property owners refuse to allow the plan to proceed.
The New York Times
September 5, 2013, 7am PDT
Paso Robles -- one of California's premier wine-producing regions -- is on the verge of running out of water, pitting wine producers against rural residents. At stake is the possible future of the region.
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2013, 6am PDT
Respected consulting firm McKinsey & Company offers a detailed report on the steps city leaders around the world take to transform their cities into great places to live and work.
McKinsey & Company
Blog post
September 3, 2013, 4pm PDT
For the first time since 1946, Los Angeles is completely revising its zoning code. Urban Insight, the team behind Planetizen, is pleased to be part of this project. One of our key goals is to create a modern web-based version of the zoning code.
Chris Steins