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Kids and Community

Welcome to the website for exploring communities.

This site for kids is developed by America's city planners.
Explore how you create communities,
How you live in them,
and how you change them.


Scavenger Hunt Scrapbook

Metropolis: A Green City of Your Own

About Planning

What is a City Planner?

More about City Planning

What Is Planning?

Planning shapes cities, towns, regions, and even rural  areas. Some communities are completely designed by planners, such as Greenbelt, Maryland. In other communities, planning helps determine how communities will grow and how they will adjust to change. Planning creates the vision for the community, identifies current problems, analyzes trends, engages community members in dialogue about goals and issues, and sets the framework for growth and change.

What Is Planning? (pdf)

What Is Comprehensive Planning? (pdf)

What Is Environmental Planning? (pdf)

What Is Transportation Planning? (pdf)

What Is Urban Design Planning? (pdf)