urban planner


: one whose job is to develop comprehensive plans and designs for the use of space within cities, towns, developments, etc.
The intense competition for space among residential, industrial, recreational, agricultural, and transportation interests presents a continual series of problems to the urban planner.Thomas Eugene Avery et al.
urban planning noun
Disney threw himself obsessively into the park's design, which anticipated many of the best features of modern urban planning Richard Schickel

Examples of urban planner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An architect and urban planner, Voltaire is a former minister for Haitians living abroad. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 Why not tackle this classic biography of Robert Moses, the 20th-century urban planner and New York City political insider, whose more than 1,000 pages will last you the entire season? Chelsea Leu, The Atlantic, 3 Apr. 2024 Developers have also huddled in preliminary talks with city, landscape and urban planners to draft dramatic enhancements to the neighborhood, streetscape and public arts, all in an effort to improve the street-level appeal of the bayfront enclave. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The roots of the problem are in London’s geography and the compromises made by previous generations of politicians and urban planners. Peter Guest, WIRED, 26 Mar. 2024 My destination was the working-class city of Ypsilanti, and a meeting with Beth Gibbons, an urban planner and specialist in climate adaptation. Abrahm Lustgarten, The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2024 Their mom Ruth, who died in 1991, was an elementary school teacher while their dad Edmon, who died in 2005, was an urban planner and former executive director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Ale Russian, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2024 America’s coastal cities are sinking, putting more people at risk for flooding than urban planners might have expected with sea level rise alone. Justine Calma, The Verge, 6 Mar. 2024 Chapman, a longtime urban planner who previously served as the director of Small Business and Community Development for the city, was chosen after Arulampalam said his name came up over and over again in conversations with small business owners. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of urban planner was in 1911

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“Urban planner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urban%20planner. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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