ur·​ban·​ist | \ ˈər-bə-nist How to pronounce urbanist (audio) \

Definition of urbanist

: a specialist in city planning

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Other Words from urbanist

urbanistic \ ˌər-​bə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce urbanistic (audio) \ adjective
urbanistically \ ˌər-​bə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce urbanistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of urbanist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the tradition of the urbanists Lewis Mumford and Jane Jacobs, Mr. Peirce carved out a new national beat covering the affairs of local governments and states. Keith Schneider, New York Times, "Neal R. Peirce, Who Put Spotlight on Urban Innovation, Dies at 87," 27 Dec. 2019 As urbanists and preservationists attempted to save the historic structure, the DDA spent $12 million to raze it. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Hudson's, Crowley's and other Detroit stores that turned city into shopping destination," 7 Nov. 2019 Further abroad, urbanists look longingly to Barcelona, where voters recently banned many automobiles from the city center, or to Amsterdam, famous for its … bike lanes. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: Can this former leader of the secession movement bring Colorado together?," 25 July 2019 Meanwhile, the writings of historian and urbanist Lewis Mumford informed Biosphere 2’s explorations of the natural world and technology working harmoniously together to support human life. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Inside the strange—and misunderstood—saga of Biosphere 2," 11 July 2019 Proponents included urbanists, labor unions, homebuilders and the AARP. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 According to a report from regional urbanist think tank SPUR, 28 percent of new Bay Area office construction between 2010 and 2015 went up within half a mile of a transit line, and 75 percent of regional workers still drive to work. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 For urbanists, the greatest bottleneck is how to process this data. Annette M. Kim, The Atlantic, "Satellite Images Can Harm the Poorest Citizens," 5 June 2018 The urbanists blame the NIMBYs for this debacle, and vice versa. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Political trouble was ‘baked into the cake’ of Seattle’s sweeping upzoning plan," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of urbanist

1930, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Urbanist.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanist. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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