Browse Topics: Public Participation
Urbanism on Tap – constructive conversations about ideas shaping Tampa
Urbanism on Tap is an event organized by CNU Tampa Bay and The Urban Charrette designed to give an opportunity for the community to engage in constructive conversations about current ideas shaping ampa Florida
The Presidents' Breakfast – civic association-led planning
Twenty-five years ago, Arlington County (Virginia) officials, businesses and neighborhoods along Columbia Pike started a revitalization organization in response to the growing disinvestment along the length of the Pike. Unlike downtown redevelopment, corridors pose special challenges for both economic development and neighborhood buy in; the longer the corridor, the more neighborhoods to involve. Moreover, corridors spread economic activity along a thin strip of roadway. In Arlington, presidents from 10 civic associations met regularly to build relationships, planning skills and trust.
Seattle 2035 – Flip Cards for Outreach
For public workshops, Seattle created a series of flip cards featuring trivia about the city. The cards include stories of major icons in Seattle; people, places and parks.
"What is Zoning?" Toolkit
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) created toolkits to help community advocates teach the basics on zoning and affordable housing. These are public engagement multipliers that spread baseline education beyond traditional local government-led sessions.
Strategic Visioning for Cities – Portland’s vision PDX
In 2005, Portland’s Mayor Tom Potter led a 2-year, city-wide visioning process to address Portland’s most pressing challenges while positioning the city to take advantage of trends . The visioning effort led to a new kind of strategic and comprehensive planning effort.
Do Community Engagement Toolkits Work? Research from California
Local governments and agencies are opening up public engagement processes on all types of activities. In California, UC-Berkeley investigated what kinds of engagement tools actually work to support community planning for transit oriented development (TOD) and topics such as affordable housing, density and TOD. (Publication – 28 pages)
Using Bluegrass to Rally Around Community Plans
Winston Salem, located in Forsyth County, North Carolina, expects 100,000 new residents by 2030. To spur community interest and input in planning for the future, the County and city used a bluegrass band to get people excited.
Quick Urban Fixes in NYC – Rotten Apple Project
The Rotten Apple Project features 23 urban “hacks” to bring fun and utility to New York’s public spaces.
The Place Race – Bringing Lean & Agile to Community Plans
Kamo New Zealand wanted to update their zoning code. Instead of the typical five month process, they took a page from the Lean StartUp movement to get better, faster results.
The Neighborhood Postcard Project
The Neighborhood Postcard Project collects personal positive stories from residents in marginalized neighborhoods and sends them out to random people in the same city to change perception and build community.
GoTriangle "I Heart Transit" Campaign
IN 2012, the transit consortium GoTriangle launched “I ♥Transit” campaign featuring a gallery of local businesses and recognizable faces that support sustainable transportation, and a traveling photobooth.
Innovative Communication for Transportation Master Plan in Singapore
Singapore’s transit agency is using an inventive method for spreading the word about their Land Transport Master Plan 2030 update, the country’s vision for transportation in the next 20 years. The Singapore Land Transport Authority (“LTA”) used friendly, at-a-glimpse visuals to spread the word about the country’s upcoming 2030 transportation initiatives. LTA’s colorful, inclusive, concise comics help Singapore residents understand the transportation challenges the country is facing, and how residents will benefit from LTA’s upcoming initiatives.
Atlanta Regional Commission “Pop-Up" Meeting
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) held a one day “pop up meeting in a vacant storefront in Decatur GA to host an informal outreach sessions.
Walnut Creek: Priority Based Budgeting
In 2012, Walnut Creek California decided to forgo the traditional budgeting process in favor of a new community driven process to identify priority goals, programs that address those goals, and funding levels. They used rich graphic design instead of text and spreadsheets to tell a story about choices and challenges.
Santa Monica, California held a one day event to help plan improvements using temporary installations along sidewalks and streets.
Made in New York Digital Map
To support and expand the technology sector, New York City created a user-updated map showing the location of tech fimrs, funders and office space.
Low Impact Development Road Map
Los Angeles used a board game graphic to explain storm water rules, which took effect in 2012. This map simplified a complex rule by showing, stepwise, how to comply with exemptions and requirements.