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Dan

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Mechanical commercial: Commercial uses that normally have an industrial character, yet cannot be classified as traditional industrial uses (manufacturing, assembly, shipping, processing, refining, and so on). Mechanical commercial uses generally revolve around devices powered by the internal combustion engine (vehicle repair, small engine repair, used vehicle sales, collision shops, vehicle parts sales, machine shops, landscaping equipment sales, etc), goods and services related to the trades and construction industry (plumbing and electrical supply stores, HVAC contractors, heavy equipment rental, shed and pole barn dealers, and so on.), and often unsightly passive uses such as mini-storage and material yards.

I coined the term in 2001 to politely describe the agglomeration of land uses along West Colonial Drive/SR-50 in Winter Garden, Florida, in the context of their possible encroachment into the municipality where I worked.


Rugged retail: Subset of retail uses in the mechanical commercial category: used car dealers, mobile home dealers, landscape mulch dealers, welding supply stores, auction houses, and so on. May also include "manly" retail uses: truck stops, pawn shops, gun stores, Harbor Freight Tools, workwear stores, and so on.


Feelgood planning: Projects with poor cost-benefit ratios that are destined to fail or at least underwhelm, but which are promoted and implemented because they bring a feeling of hope to the surrounding community, and possibly because their proponents are in denial about the inevitable outcome. "At least they're doing something." Such projects include new subsidized infill housing in blighted urban prairie areas, pocket parks in rough neighborhoods, and seasonal banners.
 

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I haven't seen it used anywhere else except in a term paper that I recall writing when I was at UWZero™, so I'll add country-living ring. It is that area, usually about 5-20 km outside of the normal urbanized part of a city/metro area, where all of the big-lot sprawlly unsewered 'country-living' houses and subdivisions are. They are marketed to city slickers whom want their dream houses 'in the country' but still want to commute to their jobs in that city.

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From my thesis:

"ASS" - Antenna Support Structure (as it pertains to wireless communication facilities).
 

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NHPlanner said:
From my thesis:

"ASS" - Antenna Support Structure (as it pertains to wireless communication facilities).
Or the alternative (and equally giggle inducing) - Monopole. :-D

Dan, could you also lay claim to inventing the term/name Cyburbia?
 
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This is terrible - I don't think I've ever coined any planning-related terminology or phrase. Not that I can recall. Guess I'm not very imaginative.:-(
 

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The 'Flying Monkey Alternative' - Used to describe only alternative available when all sane alternatives have been explored, yet you are asked to 'think outside the box' and go back to the 'drawing board' by people in positions of power who are not educated in things like design, and physical science or math.

Used in a sentence; "After all other alternative were rejected, in a fit of late night drinking, it came to him, the flying monkeys alternative... the ultimate transportation solution....genetically engineer flying monkeys and train them to fly each of us where we want to go. It would save gas and gainfully employ underemployed monkeys...brilliant."
 
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Nope. I registered cyburbia.org after seeing the word in a Wired magazine article, used as a generic noun that seemed to be a hip alternative to "cyberspace". I thought the combination of "cyber" and "burb" made a good word to describe an urban planning site. I only regret not registering cyburbia.com - it was available at the time.
[ot]Looks like Dan hit the "edit" button instead of the "reply with quote" button. ;)[/ot]
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Fixed the mistake.
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[ot]Looks like Dan hit the "edit" button instead of the "reply with quote" button. ;)[/ot]
[ot]Nope, I'm convinced that was just mendelman putting on airs. After all, he started up Cyburbia shortly after Al Gore invented teh internets;-)[/ot]
 

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(I had another one)

Retrofitits - The act of applying the same solution to all occurrences of a perceived problem...as in 'If it works downtown, it will work in the suburbs' :)
 

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I haven't seen it used anywhere else except in a term paper that I recall writing when I was at UWZero™, so I'll add country-living ring.
Great one! Along similar lines, I've used urbburb a few times to describe a suburban city or town that has the feeling of a very dense pre-WWII urban neighborhood. Examples of urbburbs include:

Lakewood, Ohio (Cleveland)
University City, Missouri (St. Louis)
Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland)
Oak Park, Illinois (Chcago)

The term excludes industrial satellite communities; Niagara Falls, New York; Newark, New Jersey, Gary, Indiana and the like.


I've also used power suburb and alpha suburb to describe an affluent, economically dominant suburb of a larger metropolitan area. It's the suburban address that will be most likely encountered for a corporation or prestigious professional firm located outside of a downtown in a region. Power suburbs may be, but aren't necessarily boomburbs or edge cities. A city might not have a dominant power suburb, but if it has one, it's only one; a city can't have two power suburbs. It'll also be among most frequently disparaged suburb in blogs and message board posts by local armchair planners and urbanists, because of its affluence, "sterility", presence of soccer moms, and so on.

Some examples of power suburbs:

Amherst, New York (Buffalo)
Dublin, Ohio (Columbus)
Carmel, Indiana (Indianapolis)
West Des Moines, Iowa (Des Moines)
Mishawaka, Indiana (South Bend)
Greenwood Village, Colorado (Denver)
Schaumburg, Illinois (Chicago)


On a lighter note, there's The Chosen Suburb: the one suburban community where many Jews in a region aspire to live. It's usually an affluent community that is also home to many of the Jewish institutions in the metropolitan area. Some Chosen Suburbs:

Williamsville, New York (Buffalo)
Beachwood, Ohio (Cleveland)
West Bloomfield, Michigan (Detroit) (took the title from Southfield)

Dan, could you also lay claim to inventing the term/name Cyburbia?
Nope. I registered cyburbia.org after seeing the word in a Wired magazine article, used as a generic noun that seemed to be a hip alternative to "cyberspace". I thought the combination of "cyber" and "burb" made a good word to describe an urban planning site. I only regret not registering cyburbia.com - it was available at the time.
 
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I can’t lay claim to this one nor do I know the spelling but phonetically the word is Planner-Esk. As in, “The concept to include tables as social gathering areas in a downtown environment is very Planner-Esk.”

One of mine—rarely used, is Modern Rustic which describes the modern architecture style with rustic features such as cedar siding.
 

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I can’t lay claim to this one nor do I know the spelling but phonetically the word is Planner-Esk. As in, “The concept to include tables as social gathering areas in a downtown environment is very Planner-Esk.”

One of mine—rarely used, is Modern Rustic which describes the modern architecture style with rustic features such as cedar siding.

I believe it would be Planner-esque.

-esque
an adjective suffix indicating style, manner, resemblance, or distinctive character: arabesque; Romanesque; picturesque

from: dictionary.com
 

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I wrote an outdoor storage ordinance that became the "hillbilly rule".
 

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plannerese

My favorite one that a friend of mine coined is "Clusterfobia: the irrational fear of small lots."
 

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Institutional Creep: the inexorable expansion of medical centers, urban colleges/universities, government complexes, etc. into established neighborhoods.

I used this to describe something I wanted from PAS, and the PAS guy said "good one, never heard that before, very descriptive." So, that's why I lay claim to having invented the term. So there.
 
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God's Warehouses: High density, typically high rise, dwellings for the low-income elderly. Commonly built, owned, and operated by a unit of local government through assistance from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Uniformly placed without pedestrian access to any goods or services required by low-income elderly residents. Sucks the life out of rights-of-way when placed in a CBD. "Stockholm" style of architecture predominates.
 
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I haven't seen it used anywhere else except in a term paper that I recall writing when I was at UWZero™, so I'll add country-living ring.
After taking a field trip to the country-living ring yesterday, I'm going to coin another term: kountry kommercial. It's the commercial mix often found along arterial roads in the country-living ring: mechanical commercial uses (as described earlier), and "kountry kitschy" retail uses such as collectible shops, small antique stores, Amish furniture outlets, lawn ornament stores, and the like. It's the kind of place that might appeal to the likes of Jean Teasdale and her hubby Rick.
 

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Godatorium
Here's a big one under construction on the Florida panhandle. It's an addition to an already enormous Badtist church complex with their own 3-story parking structure in downtown Panama City.

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Ninjas: Pedestrians, wearing non-reflective, often black, clothing, who are insufficiently visible in a non-pedestrian facility (Roadway shoulder, etc), creating a safety hazard.
In my town, there is a section of road which does not have a sidewalk, is unlit, and faces a retaining wall; on several occasions while bicycle commuting in this area, I have encountered pedestrians wearing non-reflective black clothing walking along the shoulder of the road there, and reported that that section of road needed lighting, sidewalks, or something of the sort. When asked why, I comment that there are, due to the absence of lights and sidewalks, too many ninjas in the roadway.
 
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Ring of Debris or Ring Around Uranus

This is the thin ring of business, car dealers, trailer parks and other non-desirable land uses that spring up right beyond the 3 mile municipal extraterritorial area of zoning control exerted by some municipalities into the rural area of Kansas counties which have not adopted zoning regulations. It often includes those things denied permits within the city and the land right at the 3 mile limit on a paved road is often suprisingly costly. Many Sheriff's reports are filed with ring addresses.

"Ring around Uranus" only applies to one particular ring of debris around one particular city in Kansas. They know who they are.


Click Here to See the Big Blue Ring Around Uranus
 
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Summertime Strip

In many larger metropolitan area, there's a suburban strip that is closely identified with summertime in the collective mindset of area residents. Compared to suburban strips in the area, a summertime strip will have more than its share of hot dog and custard stands, nurseries and garden centers, miniature golf courses, diners popular among the classic car crowd, and seasonal businesses that close their doors between September and May.

In the Buffalo area, Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda used to be the preeminent summertime strip. Sheridan Drive was constructed in the mid-1920s, and intended to be a grand residential boulevard. Development stalled in the Depression, and after World War II the street quickly filled in with two-story apartment buildings, strip plazas, medical offices, and a large collection of seasonal businesses. Sheridan Drive even have a drive-in. Some iconic summertime destinations remain on Sheridan Drive; Louie's Hot Dogs, Anderson's Custard, Ted's Hot Dogs, and Putt-Putt, the last three within walking distance of each other. Anderson's and Ted's have grown into local chains, but the Sheridan Drive locations are still considered the most "authentic" and pilgrimage-worthy.
 

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I once met a Norwegian planner who called fragmented peri-urban development "piffle"... I assume she meant the Enlish word meaning "nonsense".. unless piffle means something else in Norwegian.
 

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I'll take credit for the term classical urban renewal as used to differentiate the mid-century slum clearance from the rebuilding done now. I came up with this in light of people insisting that the phrase "urban renewal" be used to describe applications of New Urbanism, despite the fact that the phrase "urban renewal" has a very specific connotation to planners.
 

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PedShed

I'd like to think it was me who coined PedShed in the early naughties. If not 'coined', then 'popularized'. :h:
 

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I was feeling bad because I couldn't think of anything and I felt my life was wasted ;), but then I reviewed that motivational poster thread and remembered my architectural criticism from a few years ago:

Stalag Luft Suburban: Residential or commercial developments where the dominant architectural feature is guard towers. In residential areas the guard towers are often freestanding at entrances. In commercial areas the guard towers are often built into the stip centers as a fake parapet or fake second floor on a corner. Stalag Luft Suburban is a more militaristic extension of the common clock tower or lighthouse theme, but without any active uses in the tower other than observation. Also related to the "giant wall and oversize guard shack entrance" residential areas, but with a prison-camp instead of protective vibe. May be symptomatic of overdosing on CPTED theories.

Actual rendering from a local project. Note the additional pair of towers in the distance.
 
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I'll take credit for the term classical urban renewal as used to differentiate the mid-century slum clearance from the rebuilding done now. I came up with this in light of people insisting that the phrase "urban renewal" be used to describe applications of New Urbanism, despite the fact that the phrase "urban renewal" has a very specific connotation to planners.
This might be a good time to borrow a planning term from across the pond, regeneration, to distinguish current revitalization efforts from old-fashioned slum clearance urban renewal.
 

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Alternative Lifestyle Center

When a developer proposes a "Lifestyle Center" development but is unable to secure the required tenants to meet the Lifestyle Center definition, scrapes the project, and proposes a revised development. Signs you have an Alternative Lifestyle Center: the planned Crate & Barrel is now a Cracker Barrel.
 
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The Princess and the Prius

I'd like to add to the list: Princess and the Prius. I'll start off with the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea.

The story tells of a prince who wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable wife. Something is always wrong with those he meets, and he cannot be certain they are real princesses. One stormy night .. a young woman drenched with rain seeks shelter in the prince's castle. She claims to be a princess, so the prince's mother decides to test their unexpected guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night, covered by 20 mattresses and 20 featherbeds. In the morning the guest tells her hosts—in a speech colored with double entendres—that she endured a sleepless night, kept awake by something hard in the bed; which she is certain has bruised her. The prince rejoices. Only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding.
Princess and the Prius is the similar phenomenon, only involving traffic. It's the belief that a tiny, mathematically insignificant increase in traffic from a small project will be as noticeable and unbearable as the pea under 20 mattresses that kept a princess awake in a childhood fairy tale. For example, residents of an established neighborhood with hundreds of homes may demand traffic studies for a very small infill project of 20 houses, believing that the traffic generated will result in unbearable congestion, attract a criminal element, hurt property values, and so on.

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Here's a recent real world example: the belief that a proposed 12,000 square foot Trader Joe's in suburban Buffalo will have a significant impact on traffic on a street with an AADT of 34,500, in an area that now has over two million square feet of retail space.
 

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symptomatic of overdosing on CPTED theories.
hehe. This reminds me of a project I worked on where were at cross-purposes with the client over whether or not the PUD in question should be gated or not (late in the process, their marketing people told them they needed a gate, as the architects and planners we refused to design them one and cautioned that they'd never be able to get it permitted anyway). We reached a compromise for tower-like posts and a manned guard station but without a physical gate or actual restrictions on access.
 

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When a developer proposes a "Lifestyle Center" development but is unable to secure the required tenants to meet the Lifestyle Center definition, scrapes the project, and proposes a revised development. Signs you have an Alternative Lifestyle Center: the planned Crate & Barrel is now a Cracker Barrel.
A good example of that was the planned redevelopment of the 1950s-era Cedar Center shopping center in South Euclid, Ohio. It was originally planned to be an upscale, mixed use, pedestrian-oriented lifestyle center.

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The Great Recession hit just as the site was cleared. Here's how it ultimately turned out.

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If Cedar Center had a jingle, it would probably be this.

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I'd like to add to the list: Princess and the Prius.
Nice one!

A recent case of infill development on the border between an urban single-family neighborhood (sic) and the growing urban mid- and high-rise mixed-use area has led me to think about "Amberville" for neighborhoods which are supposed to be enjoyed by their landowners, and admired from the outside, but never, ever changed.
 
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God's Warehouses: High density, typically high rise, dwellings for the low-income elderly. Commonly built, owned, and operated by a unit of local government through assistance from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Uniformly placed without pedestrian access to any goods or services required by low-income elderly residents. Sucks the life out of rights-of-way when placed in a CBD. "Stockholm" style of architecture predominates.
When I worked in Arizona the residents of the many nearby Del Web communities (Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand) dubbed themselves "God's Waiting Room" They all knew they were there to have a good time and move on.

I'm not one of the more creative planners out there (except when using the flying monkey solution) so I could use some help putting a term to this one...
I believe like all residents that apartment dwellers are all criminals. Many of us have lived in apartments and so were criminals. Once we moved out we were pardoned of all our wrong doings and now like an ex-smoker attack an apartment project.
 

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"Handlebar survey"

1979, during my first planning (technician) gig. I was car-free, and really hated using the city pool vehicle for any reason.

Wrote an article about it, published in Bicycle Forum magazine.
 

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I'm not one of the more creative planners out there (except when using the flying monkey solution) so I could use some help putting a term to this one...
I believe like all residents that apartment dwellers are all criminals. Many of us have lived in apartments and so were criminals. Once we moved out we were pardoned of all our wrong doings and now like an ex-smoker attack an apartment project.
Property Owners (Mortgagers usually) Perogative?
 

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I'm pretty sure that Cardinal coined the term "Goditorium," a mega-church building.
 

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I coined Nerd Surge as the antonym for Brain Drain.

example: New Orleans has experience an economic and demographic shift thanks in part to the Nerd Surge after Katrina.
 

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OK, there are two that I feel I played some role in:

Architectural Determinism: The concept that, if you just get the design right, all the other planning issues will take care of themselves. The Hope VI program in the 1990's was one example (just design the housing right and the problems of public housing will go away). New Urbanism when taken straight with no chaser is another.

Old Urbanism: The urban fabric we already have and should mend.
 

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Old Urbanism: The urban fabric we already have and should mend.
I thought i have been using that one since 2003. Another one of my favorites. "The new, old look"

Replicating designs from the turn of the century circa 1900's with new faux material and finishes.
 

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How about hippie urbanism? Some defining traits:

* Intentional lack of property maintenance, or lack of polish and attention to details -- weeds poking through the driveway, foundation, etc.
* Front yard and tree lawn areas have flower/vegetable gardens, or grow wild. Mowed/trimmed grass and formal landscaping is rare.
* Vacant lots remain so, not because it's urban prairie, but because the owners won't sell despite high demand and high land prices. They place a very high value on their "open space", veggie garden, etc, despite choosing to live in a dense urban setting.
* New development often incorporates "natural" random setbacks, building orientation, and so on for its own sake.
* Dirt or gravel driveways, even in an urban setting.
* Plenty of community gardens and urban permaculture.

Generally, blurry lines between nature and the built environment on a micro scale, even in a denser urban setting.

Examples of hippie urbanism: Fall Creek in Ithaca; South Austin; Nederland, Colorado.
 

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Fugu urbanism. A bit of a background: from Wikipedia,

Fugo urbanism describes cities where there's not just good neighborhoods and bad, but a frequent pattern of good blocks intermingled among the bad, and bad blocks among the good.
 

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Fugu urbanism. A bit of a background: from Wikipedia,

Fugo urbanism describes cities where there's not just good neighborhoods and bad, but a frequent pattern of good blocks intermingled among the bad, and bad blocks among the good.
I'm missing the connection to a Japanese fish...^o)
 

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I'm missing the connection to a Japanese fish...^o)
The poisonous parts of the fish have to be delicately removed from the edible parts and prevent contamination. The problem blocks have be to delicately removed from the good blocks and prevent contamination.

I totally get this concept. My hometown is a rural, relatively isolated small city that is the center of a mircopolitan region with a stable but stagnant economy. This phenomenon of "good" mixed closely with "bad" even drills down to the house by house scale.
 

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Crapplication

Crapplication (krăp’ li-kāshən) n. 1. A land use change request form, which is tendered with insufficient information. 2. A land use change request document or petition that is illegible or makes no sense or seems without rhyme or reason. 3. A land use change request document or petition that rhymes but lacks reason else-other. 4. An application that stinks. 5. Any application that is just crap.

[ Middle English crappe chaff from Middle Dutch crappecrappen to tear off + Middle English applicacioun from Latin applicātiōapplicāre to apply. The modern term is thought to be closely related to “Craptastic,” as in the phrase, "This application is just flipping craptastic"]



P.S. I dig “Godatorium” and “Handlebar survey” and “Alternative Lifestyle Center,” and “Stalag Luft Suburban” just about made me ship my pants to St. Elsewhere. (The poster drives it home.)
 

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Crapplication (krăp’ li-kāshən) n. 1. A land use change request form, which is tendered with insufficient information. 2. A land use change request document or petition that is illegible or makes no sense or seems without rhyme or reason. 3. A land use change request document or petition that rhymes but lacks reason else-other. 4. An application that stinks. 5. Any application that is just crap.
Good one.
 

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This isn't one that really qualifies as making up terminology, but I remember when 10 or so years ago, I used the phrase "high density sprawl" to refer to the development pattern around I-66 in Northern Virginia when speaking to peers. Many of them acted like I blew their darn minds with the idea that sprawl could be high density, or that dense areas could be sprawling. Does anyone have a better term for what I am describing?
 
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