ur·​ban·​ist ˈər-bə-nist How to pronounce urbanist (audio)
: a specialist in city planning
urbanistic adjective
urbanistically adverb

Examples of urbanist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well, the new urbanists were really pioneers starting in the 1970s of the attempt to rediscover really timeless principles of urbanism, smaller streets, building more compactly, designing around the pedestrian rather than the automobile. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2024 Lawmakers have taken action in recent years Much of this research predates when state and local policymakers increasingly prioritized making streets safer across the U.S., to the support of a growing contingent of urbanists around the country. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2024 The opposition includes environmental groups, urbanists and social justice organizations. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 13 Mar. 2024 But loosening rules does not mean that new tenants will come, some urbanists argue. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2023 For years, urbanists and civic leaders have dreamed of getting Madison Square Garden to move elsewhere in Manhattan, freeing up the station below for a true overhaul. Dana Rubinstein, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 Followings years of disappointment, some of those same urbanists have given up on that dream. Dana Rubinstein, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 Still, if the circumstances are right, some urbanists say, these more-unorthodox uses can help get rid of empty office space — perhaps just as well as turning those buildings into apartments. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2023 In response, environmentalists and urbanists last year launched a public campaign to instead remove both those older and newer freeway stretches. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 12 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of urbanist was in 1930

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“Urbanist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urbanist. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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