Is Your Zoning Ordinance Gluten-Free?

Health, as a trend, is a growing business. While communities may not need be concerned whether their plans…

What Planners Can Learn From Improv

In her 2011 book, Bossypants, Tina Fey devotes several pages to the Rules of Improvisation. As I read…

Eight “need to know” terms to brush up on your plannerese

  Share economy What it is: A new form of trade, enabled by innovations in technology and data,…

Ten Things: Neighborhoods

A Shady Neighborhood?!   This is the second article in a series of “ten things you can do…

Activating Open Space

Successful, active open spaces don’t usually happen by accident.  I was reminded of this recently when I was…

2015 NPC Engagement Tool Roundup

At the most recent National Planning Conference in Seattle, it seemed that the number of booths in the…

PSA for Students Attending Conferences

The 2015 National Planning Conference (#apa15) is coming up April 18-21 in Seattle.  For several years, I attended…

Back to Basics: Sketching

The Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-IL) recently held a two-part workshop focused on freehand drawing…

Are You Ready to Plan?

A plan documents a community’s shared vision and charts a course on how to achieve that vision. In…