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 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 That’s according to a new report by the joint FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative of Florida International University and urbanist Richard Florida’s Creative Class Group think tank. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Miami wants to be a creative hub. Here’s what might keep that from happening.," 2 Feb. 2018 The exchange triggered a broader Twitter debate about Musk’s opinions on transit, with much of the discourse coming from city planners and urbanists who have long eyed Musk’s dream of individualized transit with suspicion. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Elon Musk Calls Transit Expert 'An Idiot' and Says Public Transport 'Sucks'," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of urbanist

1930, in the meaning defined above

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