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Twitter for Urban Planning

Few social media sites offer the same kind of diversity of information and opinion to a field of study than Twitter does for planning.
February 28, 粤11选5, 5am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Twitter has been described as a hell site numerous times, and it can be. Make no mistake: there are large swaths of Twitter that represent the nadir of civilized discourse.

But Twitter is like all great cities: if you keep looking and figure out how to avoid a few key triggers, there are places and people for everyone. "Keep looking until you'll find something you love," is a frequent saying about my 粤11选5 city of Los Angeles. The same is true of Twitter. The same is definitely true of Twitter, if what you love is planning.

Despite an increasing number of hostile factions debating planning-related issues like housing, , and congestion, substantive discussions and relevance information is still available in large supply on Twitter, if you know where to look. Take a tour through the academics and researchers listed here, for instance,  and you'll find experts posting on race, housing, urban forestry, renewable energy, Tribal rights, planning pedagogy, and much, much more.

But Twitter is definitely not the same as it was ten years ago, or the first time I made this list for Planetizen in 2014.  Previously prominent voices on Twitter have clearly moved on to other platforms and mediums. Others have changed beats or hobbies. New voices have entered and changed the conversation completely. Planning Twitter is younger, creative in new ways, and leveraging a lot more of the Internet (think about the NUMTOTs and TikTok, for example).  

There are still the aforementioned hostile factions. This list mostly avoids those scenes, with a few leading advocates sprinkled in to the mix (their opponents probably would characterize them as hostile— wrote a book called Street Fight, for crying out loud) for their contributions to innovations in the practice and the politics of planning. But as the depth and breadth of this list suggests, and as suggested by a recent , assistant professor of Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Twitter improved the past decade by expanding the voices that reach the ears of those willing to seek out ideas and dialogue.

The Twitter for Urban Planning list was created by auditing three lists that Planetizen has shared in previous iterations of this post, and in the "Lists" feature on Twitter. I rely on my personal for the daily purpose of curating the news feed for Planetizen, so some of the following list skews toward my own professional needs, but Planetizen also shares a and a ( at Virginia Tech University).

The list represents a lot of local voices, but not nearly all of the planning voices essential to every city and community in the country. I hope you'll enthusiastically fill in who, and what, I've missed in the comments here, on Twitter or some other social media channel. Living in Los Angeles and being raised in the East Bay in Northern California means there's probably a little extra California representation on here, but I promise they've earned your attention wherever you live. I also left off a few very famous planners who just aren't active participants on Twitter.

Being included on this list doesn't mean being "extremely online," as they say, but it does mean being a regular participant in the conversation about planning. Twitter is hard, so not everyone on this list are Twitter or planning famous (yet), but it does mean that these people are posting consistently, sharing specialized knowledge, reporting original news, and supporting voices that are otherwise underrepresented in media.

So, this list falls admittedly short of comprehensive, and it's subjective as well. But it's a best effort from someone who has spent every day for the past six years on Twitter, constantly seeking new and better sources of information. I hope you find a lot to learn from the Twitter folks found here, and find your own voice to participate in the discussion, if you're sill looking for it.

There's a lot here, but don't feel overwhelmed. I put them all in a list that you can subscribe to called on Planetizen's Twitter account.

Planners and Planning

  • Planning Magazine, 
  • American Planning Association, 
  • APA Women & Planning, 
  • APAadvocates, 
  • NYCPlanning, 
  • MAPC, 
  • Regional Plan, 
  • Sidewalk Labs, 
  • NACTO,
  • Janette Sadik-Khan, 
  • Sandy Johnston, 
  • Deena, 
  • Jarrett Walker, 
  • Lynn Richards, 
  • Brent Toderian, 
  • Marissa Aho, 
  • Dwight Merriam, 
  • Jennifer Keesmaat, 
  • Ben Carson, 
  • Katy Shackleford, AICP, 
  • Pete Saunders, 
  • Tamika Butler, 
  • Transportation Tech, 
  • Dachas and Dingbats, 
  • Randy A. Simes, 
  • Larry Beasley, 

Planning-Related Advocacy

  • Canadian Urbanism, 
  • Transportation for America, 
  • Strong Towns, 
  • Community Progress, 
  • American Rivers, 
  • SPUR, 
  • TransitCenter, 
  • Laura Foote, 
  • Charles Marohn, 
  • Jenna Fortunati, 
  • Daniel Herriges, 
  • Diane Yentel, 
  • Calvin Gladney, 
  • Alex Dodds, 
  • Alfred Twu, 
  • Hayley Richardson, 
  • Ken McLeod, 
  • Alex Baca, 
  • Andy P, 
  • Laura Tam, 
  • Darin Givens, 
  • Sinjin Eberle, 
  • Mike Lydon, 
  • Kaid Benfield, 
  • Market Urbanism, 
  • Steven Higashide, 
  • Dan Keshet, 
  • Ryan Packer,

Planning Journalism

  • The Urbanist, 
  • High Country News, 
  • Maven, 
  • CA Planning-Devt Rpt, 
  • The Planning Report, 
  • CityLab, 
  • Greater Greater Washington, 
  • PlanPhilly, 
  • Next City, 
  • Urbanize.LA, 
  • BikePortland, 
  • Laura Bliss, 
  • Henry Grabar, 
  • Emily Badger, 
  • Ben Spurr, 
  • Renée Loth, 
  • Tim Logan, 
  • Kea Wilson, 
  • Mark Lamster, 
  • Inga Saffron, 
  • Blair Kamin, 
  • Carolina A. Miranda, 
  • Steven Litt, 
  • Katharine P. Jose, 
  • Matt Levin, 
  • Sahra Sulaiman, 
  • Ed Blazina, 
  • Jessica Williams, 
  • Miguel Otárola, 
  • Erin Baldassari, 
  • Jason Plautz, 
  • Paige Blank, 
  • Chris Wetterich, 
  • Heather Hansman, 
  • Josh Stephens, 
  • Jen St. Denis, 
  • Oliver Moore, 
  • Emily Nonko, 
  • Jessica Boehm, 
  • Michael Kimmelman, 
  • Emily DeRuy, 
  • Brett Widness, 
  • Anna Clark, 
  • Steve Scauzillo, 
  • Erica C. Barnett, 
  • John King, 
  • Emily Alpert Reyes, 
  • J.K. Dineen, 
  • Frances Bula, 
  • Joe Fitz Rodriguez, 
  • Emma G. Fitzsimmons, 
  • Alissa Walker, 
  • Josh Cohen, 
  • Anna Scott, 
  • Jim Saksa, 
  • Sara Sneath, 
  • Jared Brey, 
  • Jennifer Pagliaro, 
  • Paul Goldberger, 
  • Laura J. Nelson, 
  • Pat Smith, 
  • Sally Goldenberg, 
  • Patrick Kennedy, 
  • Susie Cagle, 
  • Ryan Ori, 
  • Sarah Goodyear, 
  • John Aguilar, 
  • Ariella Cohen Turner, 
  • Doug Trumm, 
  • Jessica Lee, 
  • Andrew Theen, 
  • Dakota Smith, 
  • Robert Wilonsky, 
  • Joanna Allhands, 
  • Dug Begley, 
  • Anna Griffin, 
  • Jon Murray, 
  • Angie Schmitt, 
  • Jake Blumgart, 
  • Mary Wisniewski, 
  • Elliot Njus, 
  • Stephannie Stokes, 
  • Ben Adler, 
  • Sommer Mathis, 
  • James Bruggers, 
  • Lisa Gray, 
  • John Fleck, 
  • Laura Laker, 
  • Jonathan Maus, 
  • Dana Rubinstein, 
  • Steven Sharp, 
  • Zoe Sullivan, 
  • Oscar Perry Abello, 
  • Sarah Fenske, 
  • Patrick Sisson, 
  • Kelsey E. Thomas, 
  • Liam Dillon, 
  • Erin Mulvaney, 
  • Joe Anuta, 
  • Julie Strupp, 
  • Ian James, 
  • Erin Durkin, 
  • Brian Morelli, 
  • Clara Jeffrey, 
  • Frederick Melo, 
  • Jenna M.McKnight, 
  • Dan Reeed, 
  • Geoff Manaugh, 
  • Marissa J. Lang, 
  • Eric Jaffe, 
  • Kate Wagner, 
  • Wyatt Gordon, 
  • Lisa Halverstadt, 
  • Scott Frazier, 
  • Iris Dimmick, 
  • Steven Vance,
  • Audrey Henderson, 
  • Andrew J. Hawkins,
  • Vianna Davila, 
  • Allison Arieff, 
  • Katherine Shaver, 
  • Ariana Brocious, 
  • Meg Wilcox, 
  • Tina Casey, 

Planning Academia and Research

  • All Things Census,
  • Places Journal,
  • Terner Center,
  • City Observatory,
  • Data-Smart Cities,
  • Harvard JCHS,
  • Eno,
  • Urban Institute,
  • Lincoln Institute,
  • Sightline Institute,
  • Brookings Metro,
  • TRB,
  • Kinder Institute,
  • Rhodium Group,
  • Urban Affairs Review,
  • JPER Planning Journal,
  • Biophilic Cities, 
  • The ACSP,
  • Jenny Schuetz, 
  • Marccus D. Hendricks,
  • Dr. Faith Kerns, 
  • Paavo, 
  • Andrea Roberts, PhD, 
  • Jed Kolko, 
  • Lisa Schweitzer, 
  • Joe Cortright, 
  • Ann Forsyth, 
  • Mark Muro, 
  • Dr. Marisa A. Zapata,
  • Bruce Katz, 
  • Moira Zellner, 
  • Donald Shoup, 
  • Siqi Zheng, 
  • Michael Mehaffy, 
  • Dr. J. Rosie Tighe, 
  • Yonah Freemark, 
  • Ananya Roy, 
  • Robert Puentes, 
  • Laura Wolf-Powers, 
  • Eran Kaplinsky, 
  • Zhixi Zhuang, 
  • Bruce STIFTEL, 
  • Ariel H. Bierbaum,
  • Bryce Lowery, PhD, 
  • Brenda Scheer, 
  • Jonathan Moore, 
  • Trisalyn Nelson, 
  • Manish Shirgaokar, 
  • Tenley Conway, 
  • Bram Noble, 
  • Hiba Bou Akar, 
  • Thomas J. Campanella, 
  • Lily Baum Pollans, 
  • David Sloane, 
  • Shelagh McCartney, 
  • David King, 
  • Teresa L. Cordova,
  • Ralph P Hall, 
  • Sheri Longboat,
  • Robert Goodspeed, 
  • Rachel Kleit, PhD,
  • Mike Boswell, 
  • Margaret Cowell,
  • David Wachsmuth, 
  • Samina Raja,
  • Jacob A. Wagner, 
  • Dr. Stephanie Frank,
  • Deden Rukmana, 
  • Tara Goddard, 
  • Justin Hollander, 
  • Willow Lung-Amam, 
  • Marlon Boarnet, 
  • Sara Meerow, 
  • Uwe S. Brandes, 
  • Jill Blakley, 
  • Arlie Adkins, 
  • Kelly Turner, 
  • Alessandro Rigolon, 
  • Karen Kohfeld,
  • Noel Keough, 
  • Kathryn Howell, 
  • Ahmed El-Geneidy, 
  • Ellen Dunham-Jones, 
  • Rolf Pendall, 
  • Kelcie Ralph, PhD, 
  • Bruce Appleyard, 
  • Genie Birch, 
  • Robert D. Bullard, 
  • Dr. Jennifer Dill, 
  • Julian Agyeman, 
  • Catherine Ross, 
  • Dowell Myers, 
  • Elora Lee Raymond, 
  • Andrew Rumbach, 
  • Adrienne Greve,
  • Tim Welch, 
  • Kian Goh,
  • Marc Schlossberg, 
  • Marta C. Gonzalez,
  • Nick Klein, 
  • Pamela Robinson,
  • Tom Sanchez, 
  • Lyndsey Rolheiser,
  • Mark Jaccard, 
  • Nina-Marie Lister,
  • David Gordon, 
  • Kristina Currans,
  • Tim Beatley, 
  • Leah Binkovitz,
  • Michael Frisch,
  • Sarah Treuhaft, 
  • Brian Doucet,
  • Loretta Lees, 
  • Vincent Reina,
  • Hilary Malson, 
  • Michael Lens,
  • mlewyn,
  • Dan Immergluck,
  • Jake Wegmann,
  • Raphael Bostic,

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