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2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 PN-Montreal: Seminar by Stefan Christoff on the Role of the Arts PN-Montreal will be co-hosting a seminar by Stefan Christoff, a community activist, musician and radio host in Montreal who hosts / coordinates Free City Radio (a radio show and zine exploring struggles for liberation and social justice, both locally and internationally). Stefan is also a founding member of the Howl! arts collec…

Engineering Physical Activity Back Into Americans’ Lives

…It both recognizes success (Michigan’s governor personally handed out the 2003 awards) while identifying the areas needing improvement. It also begins a process by forcing communities to pull together an interdisciplinary team simply to complete the survey; that team can become the basis for on-going work. (See www.mihealthtools.org/communities for the survey and information.) Local: Bike/Pedestrian Network Building. There are numerous examples fr…

Water is Life! Cochabamba, Bolivia against Privatization

…ty groups that gathered in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia in January of 2000. They organized to take back control of the water resources that had been sold to a subsidiary of the U.S.-based Bechtel Corporation. In this, the poorest country in South America, where nearly one child in ten will never reach the age of five because of illnesses largely related to this precious resource, water means both life and death. The Cochabamba water works was p…

Online for Organizing: The Story of COMM-ORG

…scussion of the papers than there used to be. I have to use my personal networks within COMM-ORG to get people to read and actually write their thoughts on the papers. Instead, people usually contact COMM-ORG when they have a research need or a strategy need: how to do a house meeting, where to find information on an organization, how to deal with a funder’s demand for evaluations. And, like it did for me, COMM-ORG comes through for them, linking…

Chapter Contacts

…isi – norma(dot)rantisi(at)gmail(dot)com https://www.facebook.com/groups/1502704893383292/ Toronto, Ontario Barbara Rahder – rahder(at)yorku(dot)ca https://www.facebook.com/groups/829497817120171/ Waterloo Region, Ontario Nicholas Revington – nicholas(dot)revington(at)uwaterloo(dot)ca https://www.facebook.com/groups/PNWaterlooRegion/ Winnipeg, Manitoba (University of Manitoba) Richard Milgrom – milgrom(at)cc(dot)umanitoba(dot)ca http://groups.goog…

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

…xample, in 1970 only fifteen cities could have handled a trade show for 20,000; by the late 1980s, some 150 cities could do so. To cope with disinvestment and fiscal crises, many city development officials became “entrepreneurs,” competing with other cities for corporate investment. Some cities sought to lure businesses with tax breaks and other subsidies (such as the $100 million tax abatements granted Trump Tower in New York and Los Angeles’ rec…

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

…5, 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. Although exact figures are hard to come by, we know that number has increased since 2015. Across eight years of covering evictions i…

Labor and Community: Living Wage, Live Action

…$5.15 an hour, someone who works full time for fifty weeks earns only $10,300 a year › below the national poverty threshold for a family of two. A “traditional” family of four with one wage-earner falls nearly 40 percent below the line. True, this family is eligible to receive an earned-income tax credit, food stamps and Medicaid, but the need for such programs to support a full-time worker’s household only underscores the fact that $5.15 an hour…

Social Housing in Bolivia: Challenges and Contradictions

…been on the job only two weeks last March when his office was occupied by 100 angry members of Ponchos Rojos (Red Ponchos), a militant Aymara peasant group. Three weeks later, wheelbarrow porters from the Abastos market in Santa Cruz staged a similar protest. Both groups were demanding that the MAS (Movement Towards Socialism) government, headed by indigenous president Evo Morales, make good on its promise to deliver low-cost housing to their cons…

Urban Planning as a High School Theme in Brooklyn , New York

…the Urban Environment (the Center), the school’s lead partner, in October 2002. The school opened its doors to students in September 2003. Those same students will begin their senior year in fall of 2006, when the school’s total population will reach approximately 475 students. For over twenty-five years, the Center has engaged young minds in activities that promote curiosity and exploration of New York City ‘s urban environments. The Center deliv…

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

…transformed the local job market. This is most notable in the loss of 140,000 production and craft jobs in the region that provided good paying jobs to unskilled or semi-skilled workers. Concomitant with this shift in the economic base has been a dramatic redistribution of income to the point where the United States now has the highest gap between rich and poor of any industrialized nation, an imbalance that is particularly severe in the tri-stat…

The Costs of Auto Dependency

…be dedicated to pollution-reducing transportation modes–mostly transit. $200 million will go to planning, $500 million will go to recreational trails and the rest will go to roadway spending. The money to pay for roads comes mostly from taxes on gasoline and tolls on roads and bridges. According to Stephen Goddard in Getting There, however, 40 percent of all the funds necessary to build roads come from general taxes levied on people regardless of…

Activist Planning and the Neoliberal City: The Case of Planning Action

…assistance and housing, leaving the city with added net costs of around $300 million a year. For citizens and residents of the city this meant the elimination of a whole tier of local government and of one-half of the local elected officials, making access to an already unresponsive and bureaucratic system even more difficult. There has been a huge decline in the number of community planning meetings and public consultations, an enormous jump in…

Diversity in Practice

…participatory regional transportation planning process in advance of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The Hamer Center developed a tool to help municipalities develop zoning regulations in Pennsylvania. The Small Town Center at Mississippi State University planned a strategy for incorporating bike trails though the entire State of Mississippi, prepared guidelines for new highway bypasses and proposed architectural solutions to rural health care. An…

Art and the Politics of Public Housing

…eniors, disabled and low-income families with children, living in about 13,000 developments across the country. Over its lifetime, the more than fifty-year-old program has been outnumbered by the younger Section 8 voucher program that houses 4.7 million. Under President William J. Clinton, the Democrats rolled back the functions of the state, accommodating a Republican-dominated Congress, some of whose members called for dismantling the US Departm…

The Forgotten Struggle of the Negev Bedouin

…raeli policies. Before Israel achieved statehood in 1948, approximately 90,000 Bedouins lived in the Negev’s rocky desert terrain. The vast majority of them were evicted when their lands were expropriated by the new state. Tens of thousands of Bedouins were forced to flee to neighboring Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and what are now the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza—reducing the Negev population to 11,000. Now, mor…

Palestine’s Problems: Checkpoints, Walls, Gates and Urban Planners

…he Wall Israel started building its giant Wall enclosing the West Bank in 2002, after the launch of the second Intifida, the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation. While Israel claims the purpose of the wall is defensive, a careful look at its route shows that it was planned as a land grab that would further shrink the boundaries of a future Palestinian state. Violence and attacks on Israelis have declined sharply in the last few yea…

Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice

…wl Makes Us Poor” by john a. powell in The Albuquerque Journal, March 22, 2002) The same factors that push and pull families away from urban centers and to the suburbs trap the families left behind. Those able to leave–who have the human and financial capital to do so–leave for better jobs and schools, and invest their financial capital in property likely to increase in value. Those left behind must deal with struggling schools, less human capital…

Eighteen Months after Katrina

…ebra South Jones drives 120 miles into New Orleans to cook and serve over 300 hot free meals each day to people in New Orleans East, where she lived until Katrina took her home. Ms. Jones and several volunteers also distribute groceries to 18,000 families a month through their group, Just the Right Attitude. Who comes for the food? “Most of the people are working on their own houses because they can’t afford contractors,” Ms. Jones said. “They are…

PN Magazine At One

…r as essentially a craft operation by a small group of volunteers. In mid-2001, Tom Angotti proposed a shift from a bi-monthly to quarterly schedule, and an expansion form 20 to 48 pages. Ann Forsyth agreed to act as co-editor while Tom was on leave during the first half of 2002, and then Ann agreed to stay on. Eve Baron, Kara Heffernan, and Norma Rantisi continued as editors, working on issue and article development, Resources, Updates and PN New…

Getting Transportation Priorities Straight

…5%. The average number of weekday bus riders grew by 47% between 1996 and 2001 and truck trips over the Hudson River increased 18% in the past decade. But service and infrastructure failed to keep pace with the growth and elected officials failed to plan for mobility in the 21st century. When every project now under construction is completed, only Queens will be able to boast new rail services — the V line, which will add 20% capacity to the Queen…

Participatory Budgeting In Porto Alegre, Brazil

…Lynch, Peter Marcuse and Ken Reardon. In São Paulo, we lectured to nearly 400 students, professors, and professionals at the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo about progressive planning in the United States. In both venues we met with urban professionals in Brazil who are forming their own network. Participatory Budgeting Since 1989 Porto Alegre, the capital of Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, has be…

Preserving Low-Income Communities through Non-Profit Development Initiatives

…n In 1999, a national, for-profit development corporation wanted to build 800 units of housing in a downtown neighborhood. It voluntarily offered to include 20 percent as ‘affordable’ to households between 60 and 100 percent of the area median income (AMI). Then-mayor Jerry Brown believed that Oakland had too much affordable housing, so he actively discouraged the corporation from including any affordable units. The corporation’s policy, however,…

Who We Are

…ebb Bylaws of Planners Network, Inc. Download: Bylaws (as revised October 2009) (90 KB) Representatives and Members Chapter Contacts University Representatives Member Directory Return to top of page. Progressive City: Radical Alternatives Magazine: Editors: Tom Angotti Maya Amichai Lacey Sigmon Allison Lirish Dean (Podcast) Deshonay Dozier Victoria Kaplan Annie Koh Jeffrey Lowe Peter Marcuse Oksana Mironova Sylvia Morse Norma Rantisi Jake Ryan Sam…

Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy…Still

…ch of the 12-year-old study could have been written today. As recently as 2007, a USAID agronomist told Grassroots International that there simply was no future for Haiti’s small farm sector, a callous prognosis for the nation’s 3 million-plus small farmers (of a population of 9 million). In a nutshell, USAID’s plan for Haiti and many other poor countries has been to push farmers out of subsistence agriculture as quickly as possible. Farmers that…

Urban Prospects in the Age of Obama

…cohol sales in the riot zone while the Police Department gradually hired 3,000 more cops. As for the infrastructure proposals prepared shortly after 1965, they have not been touched in over forty years. What does this neoliberal storm cloud portend for American cities over the next decade? First, if and when more aid comes from the federal government, its focus will be the private sector. It will go to private contractors to build projects quickly…

University Reps: Frequently Asked Questions

…others. A chapter designates a “Chapter Contact” to keep the chapter in touch with PN. In contrast, a University Rep simply occasionally provides PN-related info to students and 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…

Developing Sustainable Housing: Moving Beyond Green

…Joint Center for Housing Studies report The State of the Nation’s Housing 2007, “Affordability problems remain the nation’s fastest growing housing challenge.” The report concludes that in 2005 the number of severely cost-burdened households (paying more than 50 percent of income for housing) increased by 1.2 million to a total of 17 million. The vast majority of these households represent the lowest income earners in the U.S. Another indication o…

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Over 160 US Cities for Peace

…servative economic analysts like to point out that even if the war costs $100-200 billion, this is a trivial figure for a multi-trillion dollar economy. These assurances, however, are misleading. The “cost of war” doesnít include the cost of occupation and rebuilding, which could last for a number of years and exceed the cost of the war itself. And these estimated costs come on top of the costs of the Bush administrationís proposed tax code revisi…

Artists as Community Developers

…t, the City gave the theater troupe a ten-year, interest-free loan of $325,000 to do the renovations, and HOB also won a $150,000 loan from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, to be repaid through service to the neighborhood. The neighborhood, increasingly Latino, rallied to help clean up the building—it needed a new roof, standing water pumped out and every surface washed. Across the street, Latino merchants had, all with private money, rede…

Gaza and the Green Zone: Urban Apartheid and Occupied Territories

…tion relies on food aid. While the Israeli military withdrew from Gaza in 2005 along with the few Israeli settlements there, since the abduction of an Israeli soldier in June 2006 Israeli tanks, helicopters and missiles have repeatedly entered in reprisal for sporadic rocket attacks against Israeli towns, most of which cause mild damage. Israeli warplanes destroyed Gaza’s main power plant and sewage treatment plant, creating a critical public heal…

Mexico City Creates Charter for the Right to the City

…rticular. Although it has a long history, the first World Social Forum in 2001 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, was a key moment in the articulation of and mobilization for the right to the city. A central component of the right to the city is the insistence on the social function of property to produce more inclusive and just cities, shifting away from the prevailing situation of cities as key sites for capital accumulation and deepening socio-spatial se…

New Urban Planning for Neighborhood Revitalization

…each of the stakeholder meetings. During the charrette, we met with about 600 people in a series of eleven stakeholder meetings to talk about the assets and problems in Beall’s Hill, and how to address specific social and design challenges. Throughout the charrette there were opportunities for the public to review the work-in-progress. Because this charrette was one step in a large-scale revitalization project, there were a variety of issues to ad…

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

…g almost a third of its trash in its 22 municipal incinerators and over 17,000 apartment building incinerators. Since then, public awareness of the environmental costs of landfilling and incineration have gradually forced the city to shut down its old landfills and incinerators, including those in apartment houses. The last municipal incinerator closed in 1992, leaving only a single waste disposal option for the 14,000 tons of residential and publ…

From Whence and Whither PN?

…an-American communities. In 1975, Chester Hartman typed a letter to about 300 planners and activists – people he knew and who had expressed interest, and members of the recently defunct Planners for Equal Opportunity (see PEO Reunion, p. 14). This was the first PN newsletter. (Chester, do you still use the same typewriter?) Chester posed these questions to us: Should we create a new association of planners (and who are planners?), what kind of ass…

How Planners Can Change Public Policy through Social Action

…r two terms of applied research. Over its lifetime about 120 Scholars and 300 graduate and undergraduate students have been involved in the program. Scholars are drawn from the 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 multipl…

Planners Network Statement on the Israeli Wall

Date published: 08/03/04 This statement reflects the views of the Planners Network Steering Committee. We welcome and encourage further discussion, comments, and involvement in this important issue. We believe that urban and rural land should be planned in a way that fosters interactions and connections between people and the elimination of social, economic and ethnic barriers. We oppose planning that leads to the displacement of communities, the…

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

…with a series of highprofile housing takeovers, such as the Pope Squat in 2002, timed to coincide with Pope John Paul II’s visit to the city. OCAP and other anti-poverty groups such as the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee are frontline organizers who see the direct effects of the city’s policies on homelessness on other areas like access to services, police harassment and the lack of affordable housing. There are nearly 70,000 households on the w…

The Seventh Generation : GOP Aims to Shut Out Poor

…cried out for reform, and the public housing movement was born. More than 100 years have passed since Riis’ book, and although hundreds of thousands of people still live in the direst of circumstances, the loudest voices being heard today are those crying out for the dismantling of public housing. Earlier this year, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives pushed through HR.2, a bill sponsored by Rep. Rick Lazio that claims to be…

George W. Bush and the Cities: The Damage Done and the Struggle Ahead

…mmercial buildings destroyed by the riots were back in business, where 43,800 fewer jobs existed than did in 1992 and where more than one-third of residents lived in poverty. The President touted his most visible urban program—encouraging churches to sponsor social programs such as homeless shelters, food kitchens and drug counseling. His proposal, which stalled in Congress because of disagreements over federal funding for religious activities, ad…

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

…agriculture are quitevisible in and around this city of approximately 200,000 people. While a diversity of food products from small-scale niche and organic farmers may be enjoyed by those who can afford to purchase them, however, opportunities to eat and identify with such products are not widely available to many others: those who shop at large grocery stores or convenience stores; those who rely on the emergency food system; children who rely o…

Fuel Cell Futility

…y efficient machine you can buy that fits your needs. Yes, if you own an 8,000 acre cattle ranch in Montana, you probably do need a big truck. Such is your life. But if you don’t…well then, maybe you need to downsize your expectations somewhat in view of the coming energy crisis. If you live in the vast suburban miasma, as many of us do, you’re going to have to ask yourself one hard question: what is the least I can get by with? How small a vehicl…

Twenty-First Century Urban Renewal in Philadelphia : The Neighborhood Transformation Initiative and its Critics

…mation Initiative (NTI) began in 2001 with the goal of demolishing some 14,000 vacant buildings, cleaning many of the city’s 40,000 vacant lots and revitalizing neighborhoods with an infusion of 16,000 new housing units. The mayor cast the $300 million program as an effort to reverse fifty years of population loss. In a 2001 press release, NTI’s director, Patricia Smith, hailed it as a new sort of urban renewal for the twenty-first century: For th…

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

…mic development that build on such a base. Recent articles in the Spring 2000 APA Journal further highlight a neglect by planners of the food system and its relation to community development. This parallels the failure of most physicians to grasp proper nutrition and most architects to understand renewable energy or efficiency. To generate new and real concern for innovative plans that incorporate energy and resource use, the food sector and agric…

Where Do We Go from Here?

…reciating at an average rate of over 9 percent per year; between 1995 and 2002 they appreciated over 15 percent per year. Over the same twenty years, the median family income in California has risen only an average of 6 percent per year. And the gap between what the average family can afford and what it costs to buy a home just keeps growing. As reported by the California media during the week of November 15, one out of every four Californians was…

Following Rosa Parks: Montgomery Bus Riders Organize

…ars in Alabama, a state where 20 percent of the population earns under $10,000 a year. Windy Cooler, executive director of the Montgomery Transportation Coalition (MTC), comments, “They were literally tearing up many sidewalks so you couldn’t walk. It was getting pretty awful around here.” At the age of twenty-seven, Cooler already knows a lot about how to fight City Hall–and win. When asked about how the quest to improve public transportation is…

Melrose Commons, A Case Study for Sustainable Community Design

…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 square feet of commercial space, a centrally located 4-acre park, and a realignment of the street system in the northeastern corner of the area to a ninety degree grid system. It also identified 78 homeowners, 400 tenants and 80 businesses with 550 employees to be displaced in order to implement the plan. The Melrose community…

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Joining Planners Network

…ts, the unemployed, and low income $25 $25 CAD $15 $25 Earning between $25,000 and $50,000 $35 $35 CAD $25 $35 Earning over $50,000, organizations and libraries $50 $50 CAD $40 $50 Sustaining Members $100 $100 CAD $100 $100 Super-Sustainers $200 $200 CAD $200 $200 Life Member $1,000 $1,000 CAD $1,000 $1,000 Join by Paypal: First Name * Last Name * Email Address * Street Address * Apartment, suite, etc City * State/Province * ZIP / Postal Code Coun…

Are the Transgendered the Mine Shaft Canaries of Urban Areas?

…oximately one transgendered person was killed each month, and in the year 2000 the number was closer to two per month. (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…

Resource Rights and Wrongs

…s do not have access to it. The World Commission on Dams report issued in 2000, Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making, suggests that at least 40 to 80 million people have been displaced globally by mega water projects, including large dams and reservoirs, hydroelectric power plants, flood control schemes and irrigation canals. The overwhelming majority of those forcibly displaced have not been adequately resettled, rehabilitate…

Israel’s Ongoing War Against the Palestinians of Gaza

…t backing of the United States. For twenty-two days, between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009, Israel dropped bombs from F-16 jets and shot rockets from Apache helicopters, all of U.S. origin. Unmanned drones killed specific targets, many times civilians. Homes and institutional buildings, including Gaza’s United Nations headquarters, where 700 civilians had taken shelter, were shelled with white phosphorus ammunition. Mosques, houses and ap…

It’s Housing, Not Public Housing

…ions (over $22 billion) goes to the 5% of the population that makes over $100,000 per annum. The 65% of the population that makes $40,000 or less garners only 5% of the total value. HUD accounts for less than one quarter of the $113 billion that the nation devotes to housing subsidies. The deductibility of property taxes costs the U.S. Treasury almost $15 billion a year, and the larger and more valuable the house, the greater the benefit. Progress…

The Growth Machine Goes to the Inner City

…mising. In Los Angeles alone there are five current projects valued over $300 million. The $380 million Trizec Hahn retail/entertainment complex in Hollywood is now under construction. The proposed $1 billion Playa Vista mixed use project in the Ballona Creek wetlands has encountered considerable opposition due to its traffic and environmental impacts. The Staples Center is a $350 million dollar sports arena in the heart of downtown. It is schedul…

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

…in most western cities and lot sizes are smaller than average at about 7,000 square feet. These urban areas are serviced by a well utilized light rail and bus system. Metro is currently developing a plan for the year 2040. Metropolitan New York’s Regional Plan Association The Regional Plan Association (RPA), founded in 1929, is the nation’s oldest regional planning organization. The RPA is a non-profit civic organization working on issues facing…

War and the Urban “Geopolitical Footprint”

…nguishable from a war economy. (See “The Failure of War,” Resurgence 215 (2002) 6-9.) In Our Ecological Footprint (New Society Press, 1995), Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees point out that our cities appropriate resources from regions outside their own boundaries. A major goal of urban sustainability is to lessen this so-called “ecological footprint” and reduce the amount of “appropriated resources” taken from elsewhere. What is often overlooke…

The Role of Technical/Professional Workers in Progressive Social Change

…unemployed were out of work for more than one year. In December of 1932, 2,000 of the 10,000 chemists and chemical engineers in New York City who lived or worked within fifty miles of City Hall had been laid off. In response to the Depression, several small technical employee organizations loosely organized as the United Committee of Architects, Engineers, and Chemists. On the morning of August 12, 1933, the American Institute of Architects and th…

Transnational and Local Communities: How Mexican Gangs get Made in New York

…arly 1990s. Their numbers more than doubled in the 1990s, to more than 250,000 in 1998, from about 40,000 in 1970 and 100,000 in 1990. The growth in the last ten years has been catalyzed by the 1986 IRCA amnesty program, which has reunited many Mexican families in New York. This sudden public presence of Mexicans engendered a hostile and discriminatory response from other groups, including other immigrant groups. Mexican youth have formed gangs in…

Imagine New York: Bringing Diverse Visions into View

…The events reverberated through all aspects of the region’s life. Nearly 3,000 people perished, but they were from many states and from over eighty different countries. Over 150,000 jobs were lost–both in Lower Manhattan and throughout the region. Residents were displaced from their homes. Small businesses were at risk of bankruptcy. Transportation systems were destroyed. Air quality and noise were and continue to be concerns. Affordable housing t…

America ‘s “Dietary Divide”

…ve been taking the healthy food dialogue to inner-city families. CLOCC’s 1,000+ participant organizations are attempting to promote healthy eating in the trenches of Chicago by conveying positive messages about healthy food to children between three and five years old, directly through children’s schools and their parents. CLOCC is also promoting breastfeeding. Inequities in Access In my own contact with many poor African-American families, I have…

Resisting Displacement and Disposession

…vating their engagement to bring about real change. Adriane has more than 10 years of experience working with non-profits and government agencies. She is supported by a network of grassroots activists and serves on a few Boards and Community groups. Adriane is known as a truth teller, she holds those in power accountable and responds to social and community plights through anti-racists actions. Miriam McBride is a Black and Fijian young queer orga…

PN 2001 in Rochester : Voices of Change

…. In addition, plans were made to organize Planners Network events at the 2001 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning meeting to be held in Cleveland, and the 2002 American Planning Association conference to be held in Chicago. Individuals were recruited to participate in PN’s newly-organized Speakers Bureau. Shortly after the close of the conference, Ann Forsyth arranged for Ken Reardon to speak at the Harvard School of Design, which will…

Red Hook: Memoirs Of A Planner

…l neighborhood located on a peninsula in south Brooklyn, a community of 11,000 people, most of them in public housing, and 200 industries and small retail businesses. Robert Moses era planning made for an expressway that cut the community in pieces, concentrated the population in public housing, and killed off the maritime industry. A new containerport in Red Hook spurred further residential decline. The Red Hook Plan calls for a doubling of the p…

Israel’s War for Water

…rala, India, Adivasi women started their years-long dharma, or sit-in, in 2002 to prevent the local Coca-Cola bottling plant from stealing and polluting their water. This year, Kerala banned colas, and Coke Pepsi Free Zones are spreading across the country. From Atlanta to Cochabamba to Buenos Aires, people outraged at steeply rising water rates coupled with lousy service are driving out private water companies and insisting on public accountabili…

Senior Planner position, City of Stockton, California

…on 9/80 work schedule – 7:30am to 5:30pm, Mondays through Thursdays; and 8:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays, with alternating Fridays off. Education/Experience: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in City or regional planning, urban planning, or a closely related field AND four (4) years of professional planning experience. Sub-professional or additional professional planning experience may be s…

Privatizing Public Space Saving NYC’s Parks

…gs, released his tightening-up plan, which would set a wide fee range ($10,000 -$500,000) but still allow agency discretion in fees for individual events. While a number of Council members set an angry tone for the hearing, Councilman Phillip Reed noted that the whole fees program brings in only $1 million a year. He asked, “If Council were to raise the Parks operating budget to 1% of city expenditures (it is now 0.4%), would Parks be able not to…

Senior Planner, City of Stockton, California

…ockton 9/80 work schedule – 7:30am to 5:30pm, Mondays through Thursdays; 8:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays, with alternating Fridays off. Education/Experience: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university with major course work in City or regional planning, urban planning, or a closely related field AND four (4) years of professional planning experience. Sub-professional or additional professional planning experience may be s…

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

…engaging in active travel, and by their habitual walking the environmental effects are magnified. The effects of urban design versus other factors such as attitudes or choice of lifestyle need also to be disentangled. These effects of the latter are myriad and important, but incorporating them into analyses is complicated because they are so difficult to measure. As a result, these factors too often go not only undiscovered but also unacknowledged…

Confronting Globalization: The Role Of Progressive Planners

…are two decades into a new phase of globalization (it all began at least 100 years ago) and much remains of the social reforms and welfare state institutions erected in response to early unbridled capitalism. Even in this North American free market paradise, the major New Deal reforms, though seriously threatened by the insurgent right wing in Congress, remain intact. More importantly, communities all over continue to build social relations based…

Rebuilding and the Right to Return

…ina, New Orleans is still torn apart physically and socially. In November 2006, the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) published a report estimating that over 60 percent of New Orleans residents remain displaced from the city. In the heavily flooded neighborhoods, these re-population numbers are as low as 2 percent (Lower Ninth Ward) and 19 percent (New Orleans East), and as high as 24 to 35 percent (Gentilly and Lakeview, respectively). Reports i…

TENURE TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

…D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design is research-focused with a 100% success rate in placing graduates in tenure-track positions. The department also offers a Master of Real Estate Development (with School of Business) and Graduate Certificates in Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate Development. Applicants are encouraged to consult the department website at http://www.plan.utah.edu/. The University of Utah, a Research I…

Tenure-track position, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

…D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design is research-focused with a 100% success rate in placing graduates in tenure-track positions. The department also offers a Master of Real Estate Development (with School of Business) and Graduate Certificates in Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate Development. Applicants are encouraged to consult the department website at http://www.plan.utah.edu/. The University of Utah, a Research I…

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

…eresa Williamson When Rio de Janeiro won the bid for the 2016 Olympics in 2009, only cries of approval were heard from Brazilians. The government threw a huge party on Copacabana beach, in Brazil’s densest neighborhood. According to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the popular Brazilian president and leader of the Brazilian Workers Party, “Brazil has left its second-class status behind and has joined the first class. Today we received respect.” Lula sai…

Previous National Conferences

…The Center for the Living City can be found at http://justmetropolis.org 2008: Planning in Challenging Climates The 2008 Planners Network Conference: Planning in Challenging Climates was July 17-20 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. See the Call for Participation (783 KB) For more information see the Planners Network Manitoba web site: www.pnmb.ca Older Conferences May 30-June 2, 2007, New Orleans, LA Race, Class and Community Recovery: From the Neighborhood…

Two World Urban Forums, Two Worlds Apart

…globe. The WUF was, of course, much better funded, and claimed perhaps 13,000 attendees. At the WUF, present were Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s president; Ana Tibaijuka, director of U.N.-HABITAT; Shaun Donovan, secretary, Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Ron Sims, deputy HUD secretary; Esther Brimmer, assistant secretary of state; Adolfo Carrion, director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs; and Judith Rodin, president of the Roc…

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

…ee 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 than 5 MB. Review of received resumes will begin on June 5,…

“The Road Home” Is a Road to Nowhere for Black New Orleanians

…st disasters ever faced by a metropolis. Katrina’s wrath decimated nearly 200,000 units of housing in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Officials scrambled to develop long- and short-term recovery efforts. Louisiana organized around a unique difficulty. In many cases, insurance companies deemed the damage to homes to be the result of flood rather than wind damage. For various reasons, many homeowners either didn’t have flood insurance or…

Planning as a Tool of Political Control: Israel’s Matrix of Control

…nk, 89 percent of Arab East Jerusalem and 25 percent of Gaza. • More than 200 settlements have been constructed in the Occupied Territories, and 400,000 Israelis moved across the 1967 boundaries (200,000 in the West Bank; 200,000 in East Jerusalem; 6,000 in Gaza). • During the Oslo “peace process” Israel constructed a system of twenty-nine “bypass roads,” funded entirely by the United States (at a cost of $3 billion). Together with the settlement…

Venezuela’s Communal Councils and the Role of Planners

…ndum proposing constitutional reforms in Venezuela, discussed in the Fall 2007 issue of Progressive Planning Magazine, was defeated by less than 2 percent of the vote. Some of these reforms would have strengthened grassroots power and the role of neighborhood-based communal councils. The effect of this defeat will be to heighten the role of these councils as strategic sites of struggle in the ongoing saga for a participatory socialist democracy. T…

Fighting for Balanced Transportation in the Motor City

…ty? Not in the state of Michigan, according to a judge’s ruling in August 2004. A civil rights lawsuit alleged that transportation officials in the Detroit metropolitan region choose projects and spend public dollars in a way that favors the largely white and wealthy suburbs and unfairly ignores the needs of the central city and its inner suburbs. At issue was the voting structure of the MPO. The judge found that voting strength of an MPO need not…

Review : Asphalt Nation

How the automobile took over America and how we can take it back.

…and highways — a daily death toll by automobile which adds up to almost 45,000 a year. Does that figure ring a bell? It is approximately the total number of American casualties during the Vietnam War. This incredible number is just one fragment from the extensive documentation provided by The Nation’s architecture critic, Jane Holtz Kay, in Asphalt Nation, where she shows the environmental, social, physical, economic, and aesthetic damage inflicte…

The Uncertain Future Of Worker Ownership: Two Decades Of Lessons

…Associates, the Bronx-based service cooperative (owned and controlled by 200-plus low income women), had been launched in several cities. And some revolving loan funds serving coops had been established. Employee-owned firms had entered virtually all sectors, and were faring at least as well as conventionally owned firms. All of this, and lots more, had materialized in less than two short decades. This budding movement was hardly problem-free. Li…

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

…in New York City for a $15 per hour wage. From there, it quickly grew to 300 cities across the U.S. leading to a series of successive municipal ballots to raise the minimum wage to $15, such as that of the Seattle suburb of Sea-Tech, and forcing Wal-Mart and even corporate-owned McDonald outlets to increase wages. What is distinctive about this labour movement is that it adapts to a new economic reality – one marked by the growth of low-wage, pre…

A Housing Tour in South Africa

…houses in the past twelve years. “Our annual production has grown from 252,000 (which in itself was a record we were proud of), to 272,000 (and still counting), for the past year,” says Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. “We need to tell this good news, it portends a good future for millions still trapped in poverty, and it attests to the fact that the inhospitable firmament is clearing, and there will be better days.” But while most South Africans…

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

…has the largest urban parks system in the United States. Covering some 26,000 acres, these parks serve a constituency of almost 9 million people, and provide park space equivalent to an eleven-foot-square plot for each citizen. Nevertheless, New York has fewer acres of green space per capita than any other major American city. This relative lack of green space is partly the result of the grid plan of 1811, which first imposed a Cartesian order on…

Are We There Yet? Is There REAL Public Participation Under ISTEA?

…system. ISTEA required that all urbanized areas (places with at least 200,000 residents) set up a metropolitan planning organization (MPO), which would create both a long-term 20-year transportation plan and a short-term 3-year transportation improvement plan (TIP). Three documents must be created with public input — the plan for public involvement, the long-range plan, and the TIP. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), desi…

Planning After September 11: The Issues In New York

…own financial district of Manhattan before September (New York Times 9/23/2001, S11, 1). The Midtown business district, unaffected by the attack, has 181 million square feet of office space; Midtown south another sixty-five million. In the three months after the attack, firms that had been in the lost space took up major blocks of space in Midtown, in other boroughs of New York City (particularly Brooklyn and Queens), across the river in New Jerse…

A Breath of Air in Harlem

…e concrete leviathan in the Hudson with aerating tanks, endless pipes and 100-foot pipestacks. North River processes the sewer slop of most of Manhattan’s west side, replacing direct dumping. The billion dollar plant has won awards for contributing to the Hudson River’s cleaner waters in the 90s. At the same time, the $128 million park on top-the costliest in the state-has given Olympic-scale recreation and a breather to needy city dwellers and to…

Zoning That Excludes Queers: What a Difference a Phrase Makes

…he Minutes of the Pomona Planning Commission (Regular Meeting, 25 October 2000) highlighting the role of planning staff in explaining the issues and of commissioners in learning and establishing their positions: Commissioner (PNer) Urey: I would like to address the issue on the overlay zone of whether you can have a younger spouse or domestic partner living with a 55 year-old. I wouldn’t want to have senior housing that discriminates. … The way it…

Teenagers Show Planners How It’s Done: Build Your Own

…ter Daniel Osborne created HOME’s Skateboard Task Force. They collected 1,600 signatures in support of their project to build a skatepark on an empty parking lot in the newly decommissioned Alameda Naval Air Station. They got the classic bureaucratic runaround. Though the Department of Park and Recreation offered $50,000 toward construction of the park, the kids would have to raise the rest on their own. At a standard cost of $25-30 a square foot,…

The Seventh Generation

…to keep cars out of the park. After all, whose idea was it to let these 3,000 pound weapons with wheels get so close to walkers and baby carriages in the first place? The biker later died. She was Dr. Rachel Fruchter, a physician and activist who supported many progressive causes. She was a panelist the PN 96 Conference in Brooklyn. Rachel Fruchter became one of the 250 or so bikers and pedestrians killed by automobiles each year in New York City…

Designing the Active City: The Case for Multi-Use Paths

…y of the police to record the accident if there is no injury or at least $500 worth of damage, the involvement of children who do not report the accident to an adult, and the generation of data that is then not processed and thus available for analysis. America’s built environment is also more spread out than in European countries—meaning that distances are longer—and more European communities have flat terrain, mild climates and traffic calming….

Urban Planning For Active Living: Who Benefits?

…Disease Control, for example, one in two Latino children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes during their lifetimes, due largely to high obesity rates among Latinos. The last decade has seen growing interest among planners and public health professionals in how the physical environment supports or impedes physical activity. Prompted by researchers, advocacy groups and public health institutions, the resultant “active living” agenda blames…

Diversity and the Planning Profession

…sity in the profession is well-known, it has not been well-documented. In 2001, with an award to the American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter from the national organization, Juan Miguel Kanai and I looked at the planning profession in the chapter area. In Lagging Behind: Ethnic Diversity in the Planning Profession in the APA New York Metro Chapter Area, we compared the profession across the public, private and non-profit sectors;…

City Planners Realize Windfalls for Developers and Oppose Inclusionary Zoning

…f renters—65 percent of households live in rental units. According to the 2002 Housing and Vacancy Survey, conducted by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), 25 percent of New Yorkers pay more than 50 percent of their income in rent. Another 25 percent pay more than 30 percent, the federal standard of affordability. The overall vacancy rate is 2.94 percent, well below the 5 percent benchmark for a housing crisis as d…