Participatory planning is the practice of urban planning that is truly in partnership with and controlled by community members --residents, workers, small business owners. Experience has shown that top-down, technocratic approaches to planning do not benefit community members or prevent displacement, in addition to lacking democratic values. From the beginning, MIT CoLab has taken the directions of its community partners in co-creating its planning tools. The Bronx and New York City as a whole also have a long history of planning processes that the community itself has designed and led in response to the traditional processes that leave them out or tokenize their participation. To quote a common Bronx rallying cry, “Nothing about us, without us, is for us!”