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Participatory Planning Applications and New Technologies

Mobile applications and new technologies are making it easier for citizens to directly participate in the planning process. People can alert their city to potholes, help plan a city’s bike network, and even make suggestions on a roadway’s redesign through new, easy-to-use online platforms. Do these new citizen participation platforms make the planning process more democratic and representative? What are their strengths, pitfalls, and unintended consequences? How are cities incorporating these new voices into their existing processes?