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Engineering Physical Activity Back Into Americans’ Lives

…a turn lane, with the leftover space dedicated to bike and pedestrian right-of-way. One especially creative approach: towns that purchase homes at the end of cul-de-sac streets when they go on sale, construct cut-through pathways to adjacent streets, parks or trails, and then resell the homes with the pathway easement owned by or permanently deeded to the town. It’s a powerful way to increase bike and pedestrian access in otherwise impenetrable de…

Online for Organizing: The Story of COMM-ORG

…ather than let the list die, I took over the project that was known as COMM-ORG. Since then, my goal has been to bring academics and practitioners together. I continue to present papers on-line and to moderate the list. Every couple of years we evaluate how the list and its web site work for the participants, which are now about half academics and half practitioners and number 730 across over a dozen nations. COMM-ORG seems to work in some importa…

Chapter Updates

…Ethical Culture Society 53 Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY 11215 Tel.: 718-768-2972 2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza; Q train to Seventh Avenue (and Flatbush Ave.), or F train to Seventh Avenue (and Nineth St.) Please RSVP to: JackieLeavitt.memorial@gmail.com 2015 PN Toronto Chapter Update – Event on Alternative Housing Models: Community Land Trust? Summary: About 60 people attended the PN-Toronto event held at Beit Zatoun on June 4, 2015. The event…

Race and Waste: Options for Equity Planning in New York City

…air Share Guidelines specifying criteria for the equitable location of city-owned and -operated facilities so that neighborhoods receive their share of the “goods” as well as no more than their share of the “bads.” However, the waste industry in the city is largely private. Private firms are responsible for collecting, hauling, and disposing of all commercial and industrial waste other than residential waste. Because these functions are privatized…

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Four Eviction Tactics Used by Rio Authorities, and How Favela Residents Have Fought Back

…thwick. Source: http://www.rioonwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Island-of-homes-in-Beira-Rio-e1531319776658.jpg   As of 2015, the City of Rio’s own data showed that 22,059 families (an estimated 77,000 individuals) across the city had been evicted from their homes since 2009, whether in the name of environmental protection, moving people out of ‘areas of risk,’ urban upgrades and transportation infrastructure, or mega-event construction. Alth…

The Ground Zero Architectural Competition: Designing without a Plan

…ts: Lower Manhattan as a global center, Lower Manhattan as a 24-hour/7 days-a-week community, and Lower Manhattan as a center of creativity. The Imaginative and the Gigantic All of the proposals in the competition are imaginative and interesting from a design standpoint. All respect the program, and in design and in rhetoric emphasize the symbolic importance of the site. All pay attention to “green” (environmentally-friendly) construction and many…

Melrose Commons, A Case Study for Sustainable Community Design

…ived of by the City as a place in which to create a new middle-income, home-ownership-based community. Plans along these lines were developed by the Departments of City Planning and Housing Preservation and Development in the late 1980’s. In August 1990 the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (D.E.I.S.) for those plans was issued. According to the D.E.I.S., the plan called for the creation of 2,600 units of new, middle-income housing, 250,000 squ…

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Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice

…ns; Enact the Job Access and Reverse Commute program to address the welfare-to-work needs of local communities; and Ensure that local residents may have access to jobs on transportation construction projects built in or near their communities. Since then, TEN, staffed by the Center for Community Change, has been an active presence in Washington, DC and in local communities across the nation, educating Congress and the Administration on the communi…

The Complex Role of Urban Design and Theoretical Models of Physical Activity

…primary outcome of urban form-travel research suggests there is a healthy dose (pun intended) of self-selection in who lives in urban, mixed-use communities, i.e., people who like to walk, cycle or use transit choose to live in places more conducive to such behavior. The same holds true for families who move to a neighborhood where they have convenient access to a rail-trail or a walking path–this is an option they prefer to have. This suggests t…

University Reps: Frequently Asked Questions

…d faculty. Where can I find more information? Check www.plannersnetwork.org for news and announcements. Join the PN listserv: http://www.plannersnetwork.org/join-pn/join-the-planners-network-listservs/ Contact chapters(at)plannersnetwork(dot)org with questions, comments, and ideas…

Planners Network Statement on the Israeli Wall

…itions: PENGON, the Palestinian Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Network (www.pengon.org) Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (www.icahd.org) The Rebuilding Alliance (www.rebuildingalliance.org)…

Local Needs and Global Aspirations: Planning Choices for the North Logan Community, Winnipeg

…5). In the early years of this century, no restrictions were placed on land*]}*-uses in the area and industry was attracted by the railway. Since the Second World War, most zoning studies have concluded that, despite the presence of a residential neighbourhood, the area should be zoned exclusively for industrial purposes and residential construction was strictly prohibited (City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba et al. n.d., p.3). Although people cont

NEW YORK CITY: The First Regional Government Still Cries for Planning The Case of Waste Management

…ich the service needs of different communities are not uniform? How can one-size-fits-all service be efficient when it provides too much service to some neighborhoods but too little to others? Efficient services are those provided in appropriate measure to a community’s needs – that is, provided equitably. The fallacy that equity and efficiency are tradeoffs needlessly complicates discussions of regional governance and planning. The misguided noti…

Mexico City Creates Charter for the Right to the City

…Charter for the Right to the City. More information is available at www.hic-al.org (in Spanish) and www.hic-net.org (in English and French). Figure 3: Key Strategic Principles of the Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City Vision Strategic Focus Content and Primary Objective(s) 1. A city of human rights The full exercise of human rights in the city Involves the realization of political, economic, social, cultural and environmental human righ…

Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy…Still

…ties or near the Dominican border. The result is staggering levels of rural-to-urban migration, leading to dangerous overcrowding of Port-au-Prince. Passed by the U.S. Congress in 2006, programs such as the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act (HOPE) have lured transnational companies to Haiti with offers of no-tariff exports on textiles assembled in Haitian factories to capitalize on this pool of laborers. In the…

How Planners Can Change Public Policy through Social Action

…e ranks of staff, leaders and/or executive board members of labor/community-based organizations, including community development corporations, service delivery groups, faith-based groups, union locals, the County Federation of Labor and worker centers. The program has multiple objectives: 1) advancing networking among activists by defusing boundary lines among unions, community organizations, community development and economic development corporat…

The Struggle for Our Cities: Putting the Urban Crisis on the National Agenda

…lief to invest, but city officials rarely call their bluffs. Local or state-level organizing efforts are always met with the same response. If you raise the economic stakes, businesses will not invest. Campaigns to raise the minimum wage or pass local “living wage” ordinances, to enact local housing “linkage” policies, to increase taxes on business, to strengthen clean air laws, to pass “plant closing” laws, to demand better wages, to enact rent c…

Changing the Culture of Planning Toward Greater Equity

…people are not to be tolerated. Other problems also intrude. The government-as-business movement (that really goes back to the Progressives and the city manager idea) contains a powerful criticism of faceless, unresponsive bureaucrats and invites public distrust of all governmental agencies. A blind application of business management principles may undermine the integrity of all public bureaucracies and perhaps even come to threaten democracy. Ano…

On the Practical Relevance of Marxist Thought

…e general formula for economic interaction in a non-capitalist society is C-M-C. People produce commodities (C) for use. They exchange them for money (M) in order to trade for other commodities (C) that they do not produce but wish to consume. This is the general understanding of the use of money in society and the rationale for labor. One produces and trades to satisfy individual desires for material things. Money is a convenient token, easily st…

New Urban Planning for Neighborhood Revitalization

…erts. During that third visit it became clear that we needed to do more one-on-one outreach. Many people were suspicious of the process. Bad past experiences with government programs, university expansion, and outside consultants made people fearful and reluctant to work together. A variety of organizations, including numerous churches, were involved in a large array of projects in the community, but most of them did not know what others were doin…

Master Plan for Havana: An Encounter with Julio César Pérez Hernández

…omprehensive plan to guide its development! These questions brought me face-to-face with Julio César Pérez in his simple, yet stunningly elegant, two-story studio and residence in a traditional street of San Antonio de los Baños, a small community southwest of Havana. There, Julio, in his early fifties, passionately describes his “labor of love” for which neither he nor his team have so far received a single penny. Pérez realized the value and urg…

Urban Prospects in the Age of Obama

…flooded with federal initiatives such as Model Cities, along with new state- and locally-funded parks, schools and colleges. Even the local planning department pitched in, preparing the city’s first modern general plan with several dozen specialized elements, most focused on infrastructure. But three decades later, by the time of the city’s 1992 urban insurrection, the neoliberal worldview had firmly taken hold. This time the federal government’s…

Healing Abandonment: When Houses Have No People and People Have No Houses, Use it or Lose it

…efined abandonment as an uneven and reversible process (as opposed to a yes-or-no binary state) that occurs along three axes—functional, physical and financial. One surprising and important outcome of understanding abandonment as a spectrum of neglect was that, having identified low-end highrise apartment buildings with dwindling occupancies as a form of abandonment, we discovered that in the last five years rental vacancy across the city has conc…

Linking the Land and the Lunchroom: Insights for Planners from the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch Farm-to-School Project

…ery important for planners and others to consider at the outset of any farm-to-school initiative. On the surface, the Madison area food system appears to be quite strong. Featuring the largest farmers market in the nation, several community supported agriculture (CSA) farms serving the metropolitan area, twenty-three community gardens and three retail natural food cooperatives, the Madison area hardly seems to be in need of public policy and plann…

Previous National Conferences

…yment, foreclosures, homelessness, and service cutbacks. However, community-based organizations and activist networks are mobilizing, networking, and filling the gaps left by the failure of local and federal responses. This organizing continues beyond simple resilience, toward building a more just collective future. The conference includes: Thursday night screening of “My Brooklyn,” and a discussion with the filmmaker. A dialogue with community gr…

The 2016 Olympics in Rio: A Community Plays Against the Real Estate Game

…hat residents request and upgrading this essentially lower middle-class, up-and-coming community, which has proved its ability to coexist peacefully with major events ranging from the Formula 1 to Rock in Rio? Why not be really creative and develop a model for all future Olympics bids to involve residents directly? Engage them as workers and welcoming agents and encourage small businesses to cater to tourists. Wouldn’t this be a more just way of h…

Imagine New York: Bringing Diverse Visions into View

…experiment in participatory democracy. People of all walks of life met face-to-face, motivated by the desire to express their thoughts and by the opportunity to affect in profound and constructive ways the future of the region. Participants helped articulate diverse visions that, while addressing issues related to the site and Lower Manhattan, also addressed issues of community, social equity, education, culture and personal healing. These ideas w…

Gaza and the Green Zone: Urban Apartheid and Occupied Territories

…this is to support the courageous work of ICAHD (for more information go towww.icahdusa.org). The Green Zone: Gated Community and Imperial Bunker As if following the model of the illegal Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, the U.S. set up its own luxurious enclave in Baghdad. After the 2003 invasion by the U.S., the Green Zone became a luxurious oasis of peace in a country that the U.S. military proceeded to devastate over a five-year pe…

NKLA: Neighborhood Improvement and Recovery is Not Just for the Experts!

…NKLA provides, in both English and Spanish, access to previously difficult-to-access data – such as code complaints, building permits, and property tax delinquency. The data is in both tabular and mapping formats, and serves as an ‘early warning system’ for neighborhood disinvestment. In concert with this “techie” work, NKLA staff train community residents and organizations on using NKLA and other websites to conduct neighborhood research for str…

Poverty of Planning: Tent City, City Hall and Toronto’s New Official Plan

…ing, streamlined approval processes, restricted public consultation, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, etc.) amounts to an erosion of democracy in the planning process and a submission of urban life to the merciless logic of the “free market.” In recent years direct actions led by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and others have applied pressure on downtown neighborhoods, rudely waking up Toronto’s elite from their gentrified dreams. Requ…

Urban Planning For Active Living: Who Benefits?

…er, these investments are easier to support than the retrofitting of middle- and high-income suburbs at the public’s expense. How Can We Understand Active Living from the Perspectives of Diverse Communities? To date, most public health research assumes a “barriers” approach to understanding active living in diverse communities. This approach assumes a shared definition of active living, and presumes that characteristics of individuals, groups and

Origins of Community Design

…gely been reduced to reacting to, rather than initiating, projects. Quality-of-life participation and efforts at neighborhood protection frequently rely on the methods of advocacy that were developed initially to empower the poor. This citizen motivation is evidenced in positions like Not On Our Street (NOOS), Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) and Locally Unwanted Land Uses (LULU). Only by refocusing on the initial reasons for community participation ca…

Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council Richmond, California

…c and included people from the disabled to the athletes who competed in a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Entertainment ranged from a professional band to representatives of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts to a neighborhood drill team. Food, supplies and money were donated for this effort by corporations, banks and small businesses in the area. For the first time the Police Department participated in a neighborhood event that was positiv…

Gender and Urban Planning: Time for Another Look

…held mostly by women have fallen to automation. Call centers and other high-tech/low-skill industries are being outsourced to women in low-wage areas and in the South. Of course, technology also confers access to an unprecedented amount of knowledge and communication, which benefits women. Many jobs are moving from the office, factory or even storefront into the home, allowing closer integration of nurturing and domestic responsibilities with paid…

Are the Transgendered the Mine Shaft Canaries of Urban Areas?

…h. (See the NTAC web site at and the site called “Remembering Our Dead” at www.gender.org/remember.) Throughout history and in many cultures transgendered people have played visible and useful social roles. In the aftermath of the Stonewall rebellion, which jump-started the Gay Liberation movement, there was a tendency for gay rights activists to disavow any connections with the rowdy and activist “street queens” who tore up parking meters and led…

Privatizing Public Space Saving NYC’s Parks

…y parks. City Council Speaker Peter Vallone has spoken out against the seat-of-the-pants inconsistency of Parks fees, the capture of the money by private non-profits instead of the city treasury, and the department’s refusal to comply with requests for information on how the money is spent. The funds collected for the temporary rental of parklands go into a variety of boxes, including mayoral charities, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), indiv…

Art and the Politics of Public Housing

…d the familiar community ringing of bells at the nearby church and the ting-a-ling of the ice cream truck. The final installation occurred in April 2000. “Dislocating Housing” brought Ultra-red, Union de Vecinos and other artists together as part of a day-long “celebration” about the impending demolition of Aliso Village. This included residents spray painting goodbye messages inside their former homes, and outside, writing in large letters, “We l…

The “Digital Divide” and the Persistence of Urban Poverty

…ted States as a response to the growing digital divide in our society (see www.ctcnet.org). Community Technology Access Centers (CTCs) are embarking on an ambitious plan to bring information technology to traditionally under-served and low-income communities for the purpose of improving their socioeconomic status. I have been examining the potential role of CTCs throughout California and New York. In doing this work I have redefined the “digital d…

Eighteen Months after Katrina

…ad no books at all, not even shelves for books as of early November. One 15-year-old student caught the 5:00 am bus from Baton Rouge to attend the high school. “Our school has thirty-nine security guards and three cops on staff and only twenty-seven teachers,” one McDonogh teacher reported. It took two federal civil rights actions in January 2007 to force the state to abolish a waiting list for entry into public school, stranding hundreds of kids…

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Iraq Bombing : Another Lie

…possesses more such weapons, and has used them more often than any other, uses those words to justify the killing of civilians “to send a message.” We who are offended by this should send our own message to our demented leaders. Howard Zinn is professor emeritus of history at Boston University, and author of A People’s History of the United States. This article was originally published by the MoJo Wire, Mother Jones magazine’s online sister: www….

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…actitioners, academics, and community members. Website www.plannersnetwork.org is our award-winning website. Redesigned in 2018, the website includes the Progressive Planning magazine archives, PN news, member updates, events, publications, organizations, jobs, and fellowships/grants. The website also includes contact information for local chapters and PN university representatives. E-Newsletter After the magazine switched to a quarterly format, P…

REGIONAL PROFILES: Metropolitan Governance and Regional Planning Four Cities, Four Approaches

…The RPA is a non-profit civic organization working on issues facing the NY-NJ-Connecticut metropolitan area. The Association’s work is funded by individual members, private foundations and corporations. Working in an advisory and research capacity the RPA has created and promoted three long-term plans in 1929, 1968 and 1996. Areas of research include land-use planning, transportation, economic development, the environment, governance and social p…

Spaces of Hope: Critical Perspectives on Spatial (Trans)Formations Berlin,  September 11th to 13th, Applications due April 22nd

…researchers with backgrounds in the fields of sociology, architecture, geography, childhood studies, communication science, urban planning, and social anthropology. The centre is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and hosted by the Technische Universität Berlin[https://www.tu-berlin.de/menue/home/parameter/en/]; partner institutions include the Freie Universität Berlin[https://www.fu-berlin.de/en], the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,…

Assistant Professor position, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

…academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=104041…-assistant-professor-department-of-urban-and-regional-planning-104041 Page 1 of 2 Job Details: College of Fine + Applied Arts: Assistant Professor – Department of Urban and Regional Planning (104041) 10/2/18, 10(08 AM Apply for position A Ph.D. in planning or related fields is required. ABD candidates will be considered. The position is a full-time nine- month tenure-track faculty appointment that begins…

Preserving Low-Income Communities through Non-Profit Development Initiatives

…-alone affordable development that would be owned and managed by a local 25-year-old non-profit organization and would include social services, childcare and job training for residents. After two years of applying constant pressure on the developer, the mayor and the City Council, the coalition succeeded. The resulting development of eighty units is on .9 acres, and families have their own two-story town homes stacked in four floors, so each dwell…

Cross-over Dreams Gender, Development and Community Development

…tions. The practice of CD (particularly strategic planning within community-based organizations) entails organized local responses to global political and economic forces in order to generate positive change in the material quality of life. The use of strategic planning in CD attests to this practical/strategic relationship. Strategic plans are often used to generate practical projects, and campaigns to improve services often extend into policy ac…

Eight Myths of Traffic Planning

…ecting into the future. The computer models rarely if ever look at the side-effects of the projected roadway policies they justify. This myth is closely tied to myths 2 and 3. MYTH 2: Planners are not responsible for how much people want to drive. In every city of the world the volume of traffic is limited, intentionally or unintentionally, by government policies. For example, Houston residents use six times more gasoline than London residents and

New York: RACE, CLASS & SPACE A Historical Comparison of the Three Regional Plans for New York

…t significant cause of the increasing polarization of the economy into high- and low-income segments. The draft plan emphasizes the dramatic decline over the past decade in wage levels of high school versus college graduates: in 1989, a 30-year old high school graduate made only 68 percent of the income of a college graduate, compared with 88% in 1979. Consequently the plan’s recommendations seek to improve the skill level of the immigrant and min…

Engendering Neoliberal Reform

…male leaders concerned primarily with preserving indigenous communities vis-“-vis the modern state. Development Planning Theory The literature on development planning and urban social movements tends to overlook the important questions of how gender inequalities are reproduced in community structures, why more men are in community leadership roles than women, and how this determines policy agendas in general and women’s participation in particular…

The Key to Good Health is Not in the Ignition: Portland, Oregon Tries a New Tool to Reduce Car Travel

…ents drive their automobiles over 27 million miles, the equivalent of fifty-six round-trips to the moon! The Health Connection All this driving has serious side effects, in Portland as in other parts of the US. Transportation is by far the largest contributor to global warming and air pollution in the Portland region. Cars and trucks are expected to account for 43 percent of all local greenhouse gas emissions in Multnomah County by 2010. Transport…

The Invisible Cyclists of Los Angeles

…know that one of the few places they’ve set up stings to enforce a no-bikes-on-sidewalk law is in the MacArthur Park area where around 80 percent of residents are Latino. Also, adult cyclists are not required to wear a helmet, but comments like “I’ve been stopped by the cops three times for not wearing a helmet,” were common when we interviewed working-class Latino cyclists. In these instances, possible police targeting compounded by ignorance of…

Sustainability is Not Enough

…iderations that need to be taken into account. Matters that have both short- and long-range implications include: social justice, economic development, international relations, democracy, democratic control over technological change, and globalization. For a given policy to be desirable, it should meet the constraints of sustainability in each of these dimensions. Environmental sustainability seems at first blush to be the most “objective,” the mo…

MIDDLE EAST MILITARY DOLLARS AND OUR CITIES

…news for the urban environment for at least two reasons. First, these land uses create heat island effects which increase ambient temperatures by about 5 degrees. Secondly, general air quality will suffer from vehicle exhaust, refineries, petroleum-based chemical industries, and coal-fired power plants. Another Middle Eastern war, spurred by an intense U.S. bombing attack on Iraq, was narrowly averted this February. But the success of U.S. brinkma…

Embrace Abolitionist Planning to Fight Trumpism

…s are acrimonious in American cities. Intra-left debates between YIMBY (Yes-in-my-back-yard) activists and tenants’ rights groups have distracted housing advocates from the shared framework that can be found within abolitionist planning. Tenant activists deeply distrust real estate markets which continue to seek profit even as they create displacement. YIMBY groups, while their aims and methods are diverse, aim to unlock both private and public ho…

Playing Out Democracy in MacArthur Park: Spatial Struggles in the Everyday Use of Public Space

for the Latino population of the park and the neighborhood. Several Spanish-speaking television stations covered the event and one station sponsored it. Semi-professional teams played several exhibition games on the soccer fields, and the league played tournament games. Several politicians made presentations and awarded trophies to the winners. A grant was given to the league organizer to continue running the league. (Previously, the city had assi…

Red Hook: Memoirs Of A Planner

…planning because they don’t allow for the integration of planning with day-to-day political action. They don’t take into account the internal tensions and conflicts that must arise along the way, inevitable consequences of the diverse class, racial, gender, age and other differences within the neighborhood. In Red Hook, the divide between businesses and residents proved to be the most profound and lasting. Other conflicts were generally dealt wit…

Right to the City Builds Alliance, Confronts Mayors

…Los Angeles building in Little Tokyo. It was a unique opportunity for peer-to-peer exchange and, if the group decided in favor, to avoid what some call “the local trap.” The local trap is a metaphor for organizing around what may seem like small issues to theoreticians or opponents—street paving, a stop sign, police harassment or a housing code violation, all restricted to a small area, such as a single building, block or neighborhood. RTTC offer…

Israel’s War for Water

…y War began. That is the official date. But, in reality, it started two-and-a-half years earlier, on the day Israel decided to act against the diversion of the Jordan.” Whether or not water was the primary cause of the Six-Day War, the result of the war for Israel was control of and direct access to significantly increased water resources—estimated to be a 50 percent increase in freshwater supplies. As Vandana Shiva writes in her book Water Wars,…

What Planners Don’t Know About Food: Food Planning in New york and Beyond

…0km in the case of one vintner). 20% of sellers at NYC markets are from out-of-state. With markets typically open one day per week, the number of farm market days a given producer can attend is limited. Newer markets provide venues closer to home, allowing farmers to shift to such markets and avoid longer travel into the city. While offering new outlets for communities, such market expansion has stretched the supply of farmers. The American farmer…

New York City’s Olympic Bid—Why?

…. In the over $1,000,000 contributor category are Goldman Sachs & Co., JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc, Time Warner, Verizon Communications. In the over $100,000 category are well-known major players in New York real estate: The Rudin family, Fisher Brothers, Forest City Ratner Companies, Glenwood Management Corporation, Tishman Construction Corporation, Turner Construction, Boston Properties, Inc., Cushman & Wakefield, Edward J. Minskoff…

The Costs of Auto Dependency

…parison, will kill a few dozen people this year. Yet there will be no large-scale government-sponsored programs to eradicate cars and warn people of their danger. National Transportation Policy Although most of the news about auto use is bad–miles driven annually is up and costs for transportation are rising–federal policy has been moving in the right direction. Transportation policy over the past ten years has shifted away from focusing solely on…

Urban Life Will Change: Proposals for Rebuilding

…k, and social commitment. The weight of subsidies should go to such locally-based activities. They range from media-connected activities to specialty manufacturing, from medical research to printing, from education to community-based neighborhood economic development. · Focus on improving education and economic conditions for the city’s lower-income residents, as the mainstay of its population. The choice is between further exclusion, or real and

PLANNERS CAN PLAN TO PLANT Community Gardens Fill Green Gaps in New York City

…unity garden makes in the viability of a neighborhood. • Examine the other uses (and misuses) of vacant lots. Think of ways that the need for housing and greening can be joined. Review and examine situations where housing or commercial development replaced green space. Was the result beneficial? To whom? • Join the American Community Gardening Association or state or local advocacy group. Get more informed about community gardens in specific place…

Legal Information and Bylaws

…ct the Editorial Office, Hunter College Department of Urban Planning, 695 Park Ave., New York, NY 10021, tangotti(at)hunter(dot)cuny(dot)edu, fax 212-772-5593. Bylaws Download the Bylaws (as revised October 2009) (90 KB)….

Whose right, to what city?

…danger of a vulgarisation and domestication of Lefebvre’s phrase by status-quo-conform institutions and forces is a real one. In “What Kind of Right Is the Right to the City?” CUNY Urban Studies professor Kafui Attoh argues convincingly that “rights within the literature on the right to the city remain a black box.… Is the right to the city a socio-economic right or a liberty right, a legal right or a moral right, a prima facie right or an absolu…

Artists as Community Developers

…. Begun in the 1970s by counter-culture young people, HOB works with larger-than-life puppets worn by the players and relies on original scripts and live music, much of it now international ethnic folk material. After working out of a series of churches and lofts, HOB worked with the City of Minneapolis to lease and then buy a former porn theater (once a family theater) in the poorest neighborhood of town. After some dragging of its feet, the City…

Director of Planning position, City of Dublin, Ohio

…mission of the division. Administration: The administration directs the day-to-day operation of the division, including programmatic, budget, human resources, and related tasks, as well as providing support to the Development Director. Current Planning: This team guides the zoning, subdivision, and annexation process – which includes staffing the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Architectural Review Board, and the Administr…

HOPE VI and the New Urbanism: Eliminating Low-Income Housing to Make Mixed-Income Communities

…ousing “transformation” hinges on a narrowly constructed argument that high-rise, high-density sites are inherently bad. Embracing the rhetoric of new urbanists (NU), transformation plans around the country are promoting mixed-use and mixed-income development at a neighborhood scale. In practice, however, they are resulting in the net loss of low-income housing units. For the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the CNU’s approach is…

GIS Planner position, Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC), Athens, GA

…ng & Governments Services. For a complete list of duties, see http://negrc.org/local- services.php under “News.” Starting Salary: $44,000 – $50,000/year, with a competitive benefits package. Submit a resume, cover letter, list of three references, and (optional) portfolio to: NEGRC, Attn: Julie Ball, Program Assistant, 305 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30605-2795 or email: jball@negrc.org. No telephone inquiries accepted. No email attachments larger…

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…nload the E-newsletter: February 2021 (1.01MB) Members Only: Download the E-newsletter: January 2021 (800 KB) E-Newsletter Archive To submit content to the e-newsletter (events, job postings, member updates) please email newsletter@plannersnetwork.org. Note: This document is a password protected PDF. To receive the password, please contact info@plannersnetwork.org. Please include your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address for conf…

PLANNERS NETWORK

…k issues of Progressive Planning Magazine. Conferences, driven by community-led tours and participatory workshops. Local chapters, which organize events and discussions around hot local issues. As Co-Chair of the Planners Network Steering Committee and a former member of the Progressive Planning Magazine editorial board, I am thrilled to be part of this milestone in Planners Network’s history – the launch of a new digital magazine, Progressive…

Building an Alternative to the Global Food System in Jalisco, Mexico

…tianguis is an open-air marketplace where producers and consumers meet face-to-face. At the Círculo’s weekly tianguis in Guadalajara, producers sell their products directly to consumers. This weekly ritual has become an important part of some 100 people’s lives, a place where they come together to share their vision of a more just food system. The consumers receive fresh produce from a trustworthy source and the producers gain an improved standard…

Israel’s Ongoing War Against the Palestinians of Gaza

….” What Can We Do? Through organizations such as Grassroots International (www.grassrootsonline.org), support the community-based NGOs mentioned here that are providing essential services and advancing rights to land, water and food. Pressure the U.S. Congress to stop military aid to Israel. Pressure Israel and Egypt to open the borders to Gaza. Support the U.N. investigation into war crimes committed during the twenty-two day offensive. Marie Ken…

The Forgotten Struggle of the Negev Bedouin

…(the rest live in designated townships). These Bedouin villagers have self-organized to form the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages, a vehicle for joining together to fight for recognition by the state and for the provision of equal services. Israel’s destructive policies toward the Bedouin are based on demographic planning through land use control and appropriation. The state works to consistently increase Jewish settlement in the Negev a…

Statement from Planners Network Steering Committee: Oppose the Roll-back of American with Disabilities Act Protections

…, this violation is a planning issue that demands action from planners immediately. The bill is now under consideration in the Senate. Speak out now. Call your Senator via the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 (or you can look up your senators at https://www.contactingcongress.org/) to oppose the proposed changes, and please encourage those in your network to do the same….

Resource Rights and Wrongs

…mounts to between 25 to 40 percent of Israel’s water consumption. In a land-scarce and water-stressed climate, lack of access to or control of both resources is extremely devastating to the survival of Palestinians as a people. At a micro level, Israeli control of Palestinian water includes determining if, when and how much water individual Palestinian farmers (the majority of Palestine’s population is rural) can use for growing their crops; wheth…

Pioneers of Advocacy Planning

…s an advocate for a woman’s right to choose abortion and headed several non-profit organizations, including the Parks Council, New York League of Conservation Voters, and Citizen Action of New York. Linda was most recently executive director of the Citizens Union and Citizens Union Foundation in New York City. In her three years there she invigorated this liberal civic group and was the first publisher of Gotham Gazette, an award-winning on-line r…

The Origins and History of PN

…so published an occasional roster with short bio sketches, facilitating one-on-one contacts. The first move toward making PN an organizaton was the 1979 Cornell conference on progressive planning, the papers for which were published as Urban and Regional Planning in an Age of Austerity, edited by Pierre Clavel, John Forester and William Goldsmith (Pergamon, 1980) – still a useful and relevant collection. Then, in 1981, came PN’s first national con…

Diversity and the Planning Profession

…the Municipal Art Society of New York and a planner familiar with community-based organizations, told me that the non-profit sector may be even more diverse than our finding, since there are a number of professionals engaged in planning services who do not call themselves planners. Still, because the non-profit sector makes up a small portion of the whole planning profession, adding these professionals to the mix would still not substantially chan…

Over 160 US Cities for Peace

…burgeoning cities could discern how world events had an effect on their day-to-day lives, it is pure myopia for local elected officials of twenty-first century America to deny how inextricably the local is tied to the global. The Local Costs of Global War Almost all Cities for Peace resolutions raise serious questions about how the cost of war will hurt local government. Conservative economic analysts like to point out that even if the war costs $…

The ‘Fight For $15’ In Montréal, Québec and The Emergence of a New Kind of Labour Movement

…the $15 an hour minimum wage. NEIGHBOURHOOD ORGANIZING The most dynamic day-to-day organizing though has been to turn the campaign into a municipal issue. To do this, it was necessary to build the base of the movement. This was done by establishing neighborhood committees that would expand and grow the campaign and place pressure on the city council of Montréal. The focus of the neighbourhood committees was to develop neighbourhood-based initiativ…