Planning Peeps recently crossed the6,000 like mark (thanks)! So it is clear that we are doing something right which appeals to urban planners and urbanism enthusiasts. But we're not alone out there in the social media world. There are many other organizations and groups that deserve the attention of urban planners! Here are ten of our favorites:
Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL)
ELGL has quickly become the go-to for local government resources, advocacy, and leadership. ELGL is famous for their award programs including the Chris Traeger Influence Award, the Leslie Knope Top Local Government Places Award, and the #CityHallSelfie program. If you aren't following ELGL yet, you're missing out!
GiGi the Planner
Florida-based GiGi the Planner (a.k.a. Gisla Bush) is on a crusade to bring more diverse groups into the planning profession! Through workshops and outreach, GiGi is leading the way and being the change. We even interviewed GiGi! Her page frequently highlights important planning concepts and issues and is well worth the follow!
American Planning Association (National and Chapter)
If you're a planner in the United States, then you need to be following the APA. They share information about national news, advocacy opportunities, training, and more! Also, make sure you follow your local APA Chapter's page for the same reasons.
Strong Towns has become standard-bearer for advocating for traditional neighborhood development and asking the much needed questions that were once considered taboo. What is the true cost of contemporary development practices? What will happen to cities if they continue along the same path? Where should the focus of planners be? Although sometimes a bit sensationalized, Strong Towns is always a good resource for a good article about cities and development, and sometimes a good place to debate.
The Sociological Cinema
Planning is multi-disciplinary. Sociology is very important when it comes to urbanism and the interactions of diverse social groups within a city. TSC often has thought-provoking content along these lines and is always a great place for a good read.
Along the same lines as the Sociological Cinema, Dangerous Minds is a page that showcases oddities about urban life and general pop culture. Planners may enjoy the content as they are able to link it with other interests and knowledge bases.
Yeah, we know...engineering? Well, we often work with or for engineers, we understand a very thin slice of engineering, and we can also debate concepts with engineers. GineersNow is essentially the Planning Peeps of the engineering world, so they needed to be on this list. They have memes that we can understand and appreciate :)
Inhabitat is your go-to for sustainability news, concepts, and information. They have a lot of neat articles about sustainable design, construction, and other key issues that planners should care about!
Planning Tank is the Indian equivalent of Planning Peeps. Planning funnies, news, articles, and more. We support Planning Tank and think you should as well!
And last but not least, Cyburbia! Cyburbia has been the main hang-out for planners since the beginning of the internet, well maybe not but pretty close. If you don't frequent Cyburbia.com, make sure you join their Facebook group.
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