Planning a blog on planning
June 14, 2006 11:06 AM   Subscribe

I need help coming up with a clever and not-too-obvious name for my new blog on urban planning.

I envision the blog as sort of a Cliffs Notes of urban planning, with an emphasis on sustainability and links to articles about city planning, design, transportation, and the environment. The design will be art deco, and I'm looking for a suitable name, maybe a literary reference to a utopian city. I really have no ideas at this point but would like the name to be a little cheeky. Also, if you're into urban planning issues and would like to see something in particular addressed in the blog, let me know. Thanks!
posted by lunalaguna to Computers & Internet (30 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Corner of [noun 1 - utopian city?] & [noun 2 - no idea]
posted by Gyan at 11:11 AM on June 14, 2006

Best answer: Urban Urbane
posted by JekPorkins at 11:12 AM on June 14, 2006

Just "urbane" could be good, too. Or puns on that -- Urbane of My Existence.

Hmmm, well, maybe that's the only pun...
posted by occhiblu at 11:19 AM on June 14, 2006


Brave New Blog

posted by mikepop at 11:27 AM on June 14, 2006

The Sprawl (,, maybe?)
The Exapansionist
Area ( has a nice ring to it, I think)
posted by Drunken_munky at 11:31 AM on June 14, 2006

bah, Expansionist, I meant
posted by Drunken_munky at 11:32 AM on June 14, 2006

kinda long but 'make no little posts. they have no magic to stir men's blood'.
posted by lester at 11:39 AM on June 14, 2006

New Urbanista
posted by junkbox at 11:40 AM on June 14, 2006

Pangloss Piazza.
posted by icosahedral at 11:42 AM on June 14, 2006

Yield to Total Elation (YTTE). Reference to the most beautifully illustrated utiopia.
posted by Gortuk at 11:48 AM on June 14, 2006

posted by thewittyname at 12:04 PM on June 14, 2006

Response by poster: Shangri-blog made me laugh. I like the simplicity of Drunken_munky's suggestions...ideas that reverse these suggestions (focusing on density instead or sprawl) would be appreciated.
posted by lunalaguna at 12:07 PM on June 14, 2006

The Blurb
posted by Heatwole at 12:09 PM on June 14, 2006

posted by occhiblu at 12:14 PM on June 14, 2006




posted by amtho at 12:16 PM on June 14, 2006

(The) Citifier
Concrete Abstracts
Herb 'n' Planning
Urban Plan B
Urban Plan 9 From Outer Space
posted by staggernation at 12:24 PM on June 14, 2006

Best answer: Urban Outwitters
posted by staggernation at 12:31 PM on June 14, 2006

Ur Urban
The Urbarn
Ur Banhammer
The Grid
Towering Informo
posted by Rumple at 12:32 PM on June 14, 2006

Best answer: A Pattern Bloguage (ouch, that sounds really bad, but I had to get it out--in the same vein, you could use The Timeless Way of Blogging).

New Urban Prospect (referencing the Lewis Mumford book).
posted by adamrice at 12:55 PM on June 14, 2006 [1 favorite]

How about, 'Building Up' -- its positive and reflects the density thing.
posted by maxpower at 1:09 PM on June 14, 2006

itty bitty cities
tales of pretty cities
the city nitty gritty
blah blah something witty city
posted by petsounds at 1:27 PM on June 14, 2006

where the sidewalk ends
posted by whatnot at 2:06 PM on June 14, 2006

posted by mai at 2:13 PM on June 14, 2006

posted by nanojath at 2:20 PM on June 14, 2006

posted by blue_wardrobe at 2:51 PM on June 14, 2006

Urban Procrastinating
Zoning Flaws
Where Should We Put All This Shit?

Booze oriented:
Urban Bourban Turban (like a beer helmet)
Gin City 2000

Bonus Hanson blog name:
posted by nomad at 3:15 PM on June 14, 2006 [1 favorite]

The Corner of [noun 1 - utopian city?] & [noun 2 - no idea]

The Corner of Today and Tomorrow
posted by smackfu at 4:45 PM on June 14, 2006


Sounds promising — please add it to Projects.
posted by rob511 at 6:20 PM on June 14, 2006

Urban Urbane is great, and maybe you could call an appropriate section Urbane Renewal. (A newsroom co-worker of mine titled a party invitation thusly a couple of decades ago, but he made the invite look so professional that several people, apparently missing the "e" in "Urbane," thought it was a boring press release and just threw it out.)
posted by diddlegnome at 6:31 PM on June 14, 2006

Response by poster: If you're keeping score, I really like New Urban Prospect, even though it's not what I asked for. All the suggestions are great, and some may become essay titles and headings. But I realized the clever stuff puts pressure on me to be witty, and the New Urban Prospect has lead me in a totally different direction. It sounds generic, like propaganda. I'm thinking about going a little more agitprop in tone and abbreviating the title to NUPro in some places (Yeah, it's a dog food, too). A friend suggested looking a Spanish civil war posters and modifying the art deco style. So yeah, thanks for the suggestions. They really put things in perspective.
posted by lunalaguna at 7:06 AM on June 15, 2006

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