The Unforgettable Role of Cal Poly Pomona in the Development of Embedded Planning

Jonathan Pacheco Bell
6 min readJun 14, 2020
Cal Poly Pomona urban planning students and Jonathan Pacheco Bell discuss Embedded Planning and the Medina Family ADU Story. [Photo by Courtney Knapp]

Embedded Planning is a new form of street-level praxis. As I explain in my opening salvo, “We Cannot Plan From Our Desks,” Embedded Planning situates the work of planners on the ground. Embedded planners take part in a community’s daily life, resulting in stronger relationships with stakeholders, increased public participation, and better-informed…

Jonathan Pacheco Bell

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