Embedded Planning

Selected resources on Embedded Planning praxis (updates underway).

Embedded Planning situates the urban planner on the ground in the community to understand people’s needs, build trust and authentic relationships, participate in daily community life, increase participation for marginalized communities through street-level engagement, and ultimately advance equity. Embedded Planning is a praxis that puts theory into action to better this world.

For a compendium of my Embedded Planning blog posts, click here.


Jonathan Pacheco Bell. We Cannot Plan From Our Desks. Planning. October 2018.

Jonathan Pacheco Bell. Embedded Planning Returns to ELARA. Medium. December 18, 2020.

Jonathan Pacheco Bell. The Unforgettable Role of Cal Poly Pomona in the Development of Embedded Planning. Medium. June 13, 2020.


American Planning Association. We Cannot Plan For Equity From Our Desks. June 21, 2021.

Podcast Interviews

The Streets Are Planning. Express Yourself w/ Jonathan Pacheco Bell. February 25, 2021.

You Are Planning (Cal Poly Pomona). Interview with Jonathan Pacheco Bell. May 2020.

Part 1: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_3AmfypaEP/
Part 2: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAJJ13miycU/
Part 3: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAeJ6RhJiLr/
Part 4: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBd5RKlAXh0/


Kenneth Miller. Livable Interview: Jonathan Pacheco Bell. AARP Livable Communities. February 15, 2021.


Michael Mendez. The Reflective Practitioner in the Context of Racial and Environmental Justice. Planning Theory & Practice. June 2022.