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  • Richard Stewart Colley (1910 - 1983)
    Richard Stewart Colley, architect and city planner, son of Richard Bertram and Irene (Stewart) Colley, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 18, 1910. Soon afterward his family moved to Yoakum, where ...
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    Richard King Mellon (1899 - 1970)
    King Mellon (June 19, 1899 – June 3, 1970), commonly known as R.K., was an American financier from Ligonier, Pennsylvania.BiographyThe son of Richard B. Mellon, nephew of Andrew W. Mellon, and grandson...
  • Carl T. Jones (1908 - 1967)
    Carl T. Jones was a prominent local citizen and civil engineer. From an early Madison County pioneering family, he deeply cared about Huntsville, Alabama and the future of the city. He was involved in ...
  • Dr. Donald Appleyard (1928 - 1982)
    Sidney Appleyard (July 26, 1928 – September 23, 1982) was an English-American urban designer and theorist, teaching at the University of California, Berkeley.Born in England, Appleyard studied first ar...
  • Cecil Abraham Alexander, Jr. (1918 - 2013)
    Atlanta architect and civic leader. Active participant in the civic and political life of Atlanta during the 1950s. He was appointed by Mayor William B. Hartsfield to chair the Citizen's Advisory Commi...

An urban planner or city planner is a professional who works in the field of urban planning for the purpose of optimizing the effectiveness of a community's land use and infrastructure. They formulate plans for the development and management of urban and suburban areas, typically analyzing land use compatibility as well as economic, environmental and social trends. In developing their plan for a community (whether commercial, residential, agricultural, natural or recreational), urban planners must also consider a wide array of issues such as sustainability, air pollution, traffic congestion, crime, land values, legislation and zoning codes.

The importance of the urban planner is increasing throughout the 21st century, as modern society begins to face issues of increased population growth, climate change and unsustainable development. An urban planner could be considered a green collar profession.

Urban planners are usually hired by developers, private property owners, private planning firms and local/regional governments to assist in the large-scale planning of communal and commercial developments, as well as public facilities and transportation systems. Urban planners in the public role often assist the public and serve as technical advisors in the complex web of the community's political environment. Related disciplines include community, cultural, environmental, historic preservation, housing, regional and transportation planning.

Urban planning

List of urban planners