ur·​ban·​ist | \ ˈər-bə-nist \

Definition of urbanist 

: a specialist in city planning

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Other Words from urbanist

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

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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 Alexandra Lange writes the Critical Eye column for Curbed, covering design in many forms: new parks and Instagram playgrounds, teen urbanists and architectural icons, postmodernism and the post-retail era. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Meet the Hunters, Vermont’s modernist-house pioneers," 9 Aug. 2018 The organization—and its founder, urbanist Jan Gehl—believe that a thriving public life is essential for health, equity, and democratic participation. Diana Budds, Curbed, "It’s time to take back third places," 31 May 2018 In Playa Vista, a dense neighborhood of new-urbanist condominiums has popped up on land once owned by the eccentric aerospace innovator Howard Hughes. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport," 17 May 2018 Buy Photo Among a certain set of Philadelphia urbanists who devour websites like Hidden City, Naked City, and Property, the work of GroJLart has long been required reading. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "What's the connection between a Philly blogger and the demolition of the Washington Ave. chocolate factory? | Inga Saffron," 3 May 2018 Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman aren’t the sort of urbanists to get squeamish over a little raw sewage. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "A new U.S.-Mexico border? At the Venice Biennale, imagining a binational region called MEXUS," 23 May 2018 The other form of disillusionment has to do with a growing concern among urbanists that AVs will, by making personal-vehicle travel so much more convenient, induce more of it. David Roberts, Vox, "Here’s the real nightmare scenario for self-driving cars," 27 Mar. 2018 Transportation experts and urbanists of a more traditional stripe have been less than impressed. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Elon Musk's Boring Company Is Now All About Public Transit, and It's Confusing," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of urbanist

1930, in the meaning defined above

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