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public meeting

Planners, like any other professionals, live in a kind of bubble. Those charged with dealing with the public run the risk of expecting too much from residents as they design community engagement activities. Here are some of the most common mistakes. It's great to focus on the positive and celebrate the best case studies, but sometimes it's useful to learn from our mistakes. For the purposes of...

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Girl in Wheelchair at Desk using MetroQuest image preference screen

Ensuring that community engagement opportunities are open to all residents is not only the law, it's also good for planning. Incorporating a diversity of viewpoints improves plans, facilitates implementation, and frankly leads to better communities that meet the needs of all residents. Unfortunately too often the accessibility discussion doesn't get out of first gear. When it comes to ensuring open and inclusive public engagement, it's critical...

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VIA Bus on road

VIA Metropolitan Transit is using MetroQuest in support of “Vision 2040,” a planning process to update the agency’s Long Range Comprehensive Transportation Plan for the greater San Antonio region. Using MetroQuest for their engagement process will let the community have their say in the future of public transportation in their area. “Vision 2040 is a community-driven process with many opportunities for members of the public to...

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smart city

The Smart Cities and Sustainability Task Force continues the focus on sustainability by addressing recent advances in technology and innovation to cultivate cities which are smarter, more resilient, and sustainable. The Task Force, which is a collaborative initiative between the Sustainable Communities, Technology, and Transportation Planning Divisions of the American Planning Association (APA), seeks to research and report on how technology advances are changing the...

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people giving public input on MetroQuest scenario survey screen

Scenarios aren’t new but they certainly have evolved. While the concept of scenario planning can be traced back to the military, planners have been using scenarios for decades. In a nutshell, scenario planning involves creating a variety of possible alternative futures and using them to inform dialog about choices and then ideally, decision making. It’s a kind of “what-if?” exercise. Having been involved in scenario planning...

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