"I appreciate everything you are doing to produce a great Land Use Plan for the Town!"

      -- Adam Mitchell, Town Manager, Fuquay-Varina, NC

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City Explained, Inc.

City Explained, Inc. is excited to announce the acquisition of all assets of Placeways, LLC, national experts in scenario planning and makers of CommunityViz software.

City Explained, Inc. actively seeks to align itself with cities, counties and regions that appreciate and uphold the virtues of community-based planning.  Our team emphasizes a process-driven approach to sustainable development and town-building; always with an eye toward sound technical analysis, meaningful public involvement, and creative solutions for realizing a community’s vision.

We rely on our creativity and national experience to provide clients with plans that are bold, achievable and fiscally-responsible.  Taking on only a few projects a year, we strive to work on the most interesting, meaningful and socially-responsible projects with truly-committed clients.

"Nothing but smiling faces & compliments around here.  Congrats on a job well done!"

      -- Rich Klusek, Project Manager

Latest news from the team...

​Charlotte's Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program highlights the need to rethink the ways cities transform and reinvent themselves post-recession, when government resources are limited, private investment is more calculated, and partnerships are essential to a successful outcome.  See a copy of our report for the West Trade Rozzelles Ferry Neighborhood on the City's website:  http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/charlottefuture/CIP/CNIP/Documents/WTRF%20CNIP%20Summary%20Document_FINAL.pdf

This month's highlighted project...

“The combination of leadership, resources & innovation you provided is greatly appreciated.”

      -- Michelle Nance, Staff Lead, Blueprinting Work Group
         CONNECT Our Future Regional Scenario Planning Initiative

“We feel very comfortable recommending you for similar work & look forward to our continued relationship.”

      -- Andy Waple, Former FAMPO Administrator & Director of

         Transportation Planning Your Vision, Our Future: George

        Washington Region Scenario Planning Initiative

“I have got to say the whole process is really thoughtful & well-designed.”

      -- Ming-Chun Lee, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture,

         UNC - Charlotte Performing a Peer Review of the CONNECT

        Our Future CommunityViz Model