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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…

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…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.google.com/group/PNManitoba http://www.pnmb.org United States Ann Arbor, Michigan (University of Michigan) Joe Grengs –…

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…

Progressive City Online Magazine

…The Emergence of a New Kind of Labour Movement Mostafa Henaway | December 10, 2018 Fight for $15 Protest in Montréal, May 1, 2018. Photo by Mostafa Henaway.   Across cities in North America and here in Montréal, Québec, a new type of labour movement has begun to emerge. That movement is the ‘fight for $15’ and […] Read More Four Eviction Tactics Used by Rio Authorities, and How Favela Residents Have Fought Back Anna Jönsson | November 26, 2018 Re…

Resisting Displacement and Disposession

…ivating 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 org…

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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 con…

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

…itary planners. The Checkpoints The Bethlehem checkpoint is one of around 500. Some divide Israel and the West Bank, like the Bethlehem checkpoint, but most are within the West Bank. To get an idea what this means to Palestinians, imagine having to pass a military checkpoint to commute between San Francisco and Oakland. Or to go from your house to your backyard orchard. The Israeli Army controls all movement between West Bank towns, within some to…

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

…e approximately thirty percent of the protein consumed by the continent’s 200 million low-income families, most bean farmers are now trying to grow vegetables for export and devoting less of their land to beans for home or national consumption. Given this context, small-scale food producers in Mexico find themselves in a quandary. They are losing access to the local market, as it has become increasingly difficulty for them to compete with foreign…

Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy…Still

…ve r sion of this article was published by CommonDreams.org on March 16, 2010 .) Some of the advice for how Haiti ought to rebuild after the earthquake sounds hauntingly familiar, echoing the same bad development advice that Haiti has received for decades, even before the nation faced its current devastating situation. To avoid repeating the past failures, we would be wise to review how previous aid models led down the wrong path. Twelve years ag…

Online for Organizing: The Story of COMM-ORG

…owever, I reject hardly any messages and ask for changes in only about 1 of 20. I think that the mere idea of a moderator makes people more thoughtful and careful. Second, true to the old Alinsky mantra, people participate in COMM-ORG out of self-interest or out of arm-twisting. I am still thrilled each time I post a new paper on COMM-ORG. But in contrast to the days of Wendy Plotkin’s leadership, there is much less discussion of the papers than t…

Embrace Abolitionist Planning to Fight Trumpism

…bolition in our study and practice. Still reeling from the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election, we were inspired to analyze the moment by asking how urban planning in theory and practice can respond. The rise of “Trumpism,” as Ananya Roy has discussed, represents a turning point where urban planning must critically examine anti-colonial and anti-racist praxis. To this end, we produced an abolitionist planning guide for urban planners in 2…

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

By Peter Dreier On April 29, 2002, the tenth anniversary of the civil unrest, George W. Bush came to Los Angeles to speak at a church-sponsored community development center at the 1992 riot’s epicenter, South Los Angeles. Given the occasion, reporters might have expected the President to announce a new initiative to address the nation’s serious urban problems. But Bush came to Los Angeles—in a brief interlude between fundraisers—bearing only rhet…

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…ters, which organize events and discussions around hot local issues. The pn-net discussion listserv, and other local and thematic email lists. For three decades, Planners Network has been a voice for progressive professionals and activists concerned with urban planning and social and environmental justice. PN members have a wide range of interests – including environmental justice, community economic development, housing, and globalization. And th…

Over 160 US Cities for Peace

…nservative 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 revis…

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Join Planners Network, a 501 (3) (c) non-profit, and be part of an organization that is an important voice for progressive planning, social equity, and environmental justice. Whether face-to-face, in print, or over the internet, PNers are part of a network that shares progressive ideas and experiences. Join Planners Network and make a difference while sharing your ideas and enthusiasm with others! Join PN by paying annual dues and receive: A mont…

Joining Planners Network

Join Planners Network, a 501 (3) (c) non-profit, and be part of an organization that is an important voice for progressive planning, social equity, and environmental justice. Whether face-to-face, in print, or over the internet, PNers are part of a network that shares progressive ideas and experiences. Join Planners Network and make a difference while sharing your ideas and enthusiasm with others! Join PN by paying annual dues and receive: A mont…

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…

Public Housing Tenants Confront Deregulation Lessons from New Zealand

…objective with social concerns. Four years later and after selling about 4,000 units, HNZ owned 66,634 units. In 1996-97, HNZ’s net operating revenues showed a surplus after taxes of $45 million, largely the result of setting rents at market rates, general rental market inflation, and sales, many of which are in prime locations in Auckland and where tenants couldn’t afford rent increases. In addition to HNZ units, some cities provide Council Housi…

War and the Urban “Geopolitical Footprint”

…lly referred to “soft targets” such as hotels and apartment blocks. More 9/11-style attacks aimed at public spaces, office towers, crowds, apartment buildings, public transit and other urban areas would not only be a tragic catastrophe, they could easily undermine all that we, as planners, work for. Even if no such attack actually materializes, in an urban environment filled with the continual threat of one (even if voiced only by American officia…

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…er Directory See the latest Individual Membership Directory from December 2019. All members and their locations are viewable, members only (password protected)! Planners Network Listservs Planners Network is currently developing a general listserv to facilitate conversation among members after it lost access to its previous listserv (pn-net). In the meantime, please check out our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PlannersNetwork/?fref=ts or…

Black Studies in Geography and Environment Assistant Professor position, York University, Toronto, Canada

…ography and Environment at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. This opportunity is open to qualified individuals who self-identify as Black peoples of African Descent (e.g., Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe). Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black facult…

Tenure Track Position in Planning Law and Governance, Ryerson University, Toronto

…Ryerson University Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and c…

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

…lanning celebrated one hundred years of planning education at Illinois in 2013 and has an international reputation for training professional planners and developing future scholars. DURP is ranked among the top 10 planning programs in the nation (5th edition, the Planetizen Guide); the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a land grant R1 institution. The campus and the Department provide ample support for faculty to conduct interdisciplin…

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

…y Natalie Southwick. 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 const…

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…ecome a member. If you are interested in seeing newsletters that pre-date 2005, visit our Newsletter Archives 1975-2001. Please note that PN did not publish a newsletter from 2002 to 2005, and used the magazine for that purpose during that time. 2021 Members Only: Download the E-newsletter: February 2021 (1.01 MB) Members Only: Download the E-newsletter: January 2021 (800 MB) 2020 Members Only: Download the E-newsletter: November-December 2020 (1….

It’s Housing, Not Public Housing

…tions (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. Progres…

The Apartheid Bubble in the Desert

…ety that has a veneer of austere behavior but a hidden culture of vice. A 2006 Human Rights Watch study found that some 500,000 construction workers in the UAE were earning wages about one-tenth of the average wage. The workers, mostly South Asian men, usually have to pay exorbitant fees to recruiters, which is contrary to law but rarely prosecuted. The employers keep workers’ passports for months to ensure they will not quit. The study also repor…

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…

Water is Life! Cochabamba, Bolivia against Privatization

…ity 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…

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…

Social Justice in New Orleans – Planning after Katrina

…rket forces. And when he shortly thereafter announces a plan to demolish 5,000 units of public housing, the borderline to predatory planning has been crossed. The Bring New Orleans Back plan, by contrast, which called for the permanent abandonment of the poorer and predominantly African-American neighborhoods in the city decimated by the floods, was the product of sham planning in spades, bleeding into predatory planning territory had it actually…

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

…ion system design. • Democratize control of public data. NKLA has come face-to-face with an increasingly important policy issue of the information age: who controls public data? By putting data from public agencies on the Web – and not charging for it – NKLA has at times been seen as a threat to revenue-generation schemes of local government. Planners concerned with public access to data should be prepared to enter this debate. • Demonstrate that…

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…

New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate Tom Angotti. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008

…history, as Angotti lays it out: As far back as Peter Stuyvesant in the 1600s, big developers had always been at the center of New York City politics, though they had to beat back resistance from working-class wards and political machines. Starting with Cooper Square at the end of the 1950s, community groups found ways to counter government plans that favored big investors. Since then, more than 100 neighborhoods throughout the city have develope…

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 Seventh Generation : GOP Aims to Shut Out Poor

…c 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 b…

Two World Urban Forums, Two Worlds Apart

…Urban Forum (SUF)—took place in Rio de Janiero in the last week of March, 2010. The forums were extremely different, almost existing in two different worlds, but they tolerated each other; the contrasts and similarities were striking. In its own words, the World Urban Forum …was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies,…

Mexico City Creates Charter for the Right to the City

…and democratic planning has been established in Mexico City. On July 13, 2010 Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of the Federal District of Mexico signed the Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City. In a recent article in the New Left Review, Emir Sader argues that Latin America, once a “privileged territory for neoliberalism,” has now become “the leading arena not only for resistance but for the construction of alternatives” to neoliberalism. One of the…

Integration Exhaustion, Race Fatigue and the American Dream

…amilies, integration is not the goal that it was a generation ago. In her 2004 book The Failures of Integration, Cashin quotes one black resident of a middle-class Atlanta neighborhood: “When I have to work around them all day, by the time I come home I don’t want to have to deal with white people anymore.” A young African-American journalist wrote on the editorial page of the June 17, 2001 Washington Post : In the small act of choosing to buy our…

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…

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…

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…

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

…ications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin in Fall 2019. We seek a colleague with a commitment to excellence in teaching and demonstrated ability to obtain research funding and publish high-quality peer-reviewed research. We invite applicants who have expertise in several of the following areas: urban ecology, landscape ecology/architecture, urban design, land use, physical and/or environmental planning, housing, economic de…

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

…h.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…

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…

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…

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…

How Planners Can Change Public Policy through Social Action

…planners, during one of the main plenary sessions at the Planners Network 2004 Conference, talked about breaking down walls by building bridges at local, national and international levels. Jackie Leavitt, professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, runs the Community Scholars program and works with community/labor coalitions. Sheela Patel is director of SPARC, the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres, ba…

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

SFB 1265 Summer School 2019 Spaces of Hope: Critical Perspectives on Spatial (Trans)Formations Berlin, September 11th to 13th, hosted by the Graduate School of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1265) “Re-Figuration of Spaces” In times of escalating socio-spatial inequality and the global backlash of regressive politics, engaging with alternative and progressive forms of spatial (trans)formations has become an urgent priority for contemporary…

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…

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…

Changing the Culture of Planning Toward Greater Equity

…un for office to change both organizations in your direction. There are 30,000 planners in APA. Many of them agree with PN’s ideas. Let’s try to change the minds of the others. Secondly, write PN pieces for Planning magazine and for the AICP Casebook. Third, support community-based planning. And finally, give your ideas to the AICP Task Force on Social Responsibility. Our work is cut out for us. The status quo brings us rising poverty, continued r…

Participatory Housing Cooperatives: An Argentinean Experiment

…se on one such current, a cooperative housing movement that has launched 5,000 families on the way to building housing co-ops. According to Betti, one in seven of Buenos Aires ‘s 2.8 million inhabitants is experiencing a housing emergency. This includes 120,000 living in villas miserias, and 140,000 squatting, primarily in abandoned industrial buildings. Tens of thousands more live in government subsidized homeless hotels, often ten to twelve to a…

Community Organizing and Rebellion: Neighborhood Councils in El Alto, Bolivia

By Emily Achtenberg Visitors to La Paz in August 2004 experienced a rare event: a day without car horns, gasoline fumes and traffic congestion. A strike by transportation workers protesting an increase in gasoline prices sparked a series of road blockades, converting major downtown arteries into impromptu soccer fields and pedestrian-friendly boulevards. The streets soon filled with thousands of indigenous demonstrators demanding the nationalizat…

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

Fight for $15 Protest in Montréal, May 1, 2018. Photo by Mostafa Henaway.   Across cities in North America and here in Montréal, Québec, a new type of labour movement has begun to emerge. That movement is the ‘fight for $15’ and it has won victories across states such as California, New York, Seattle, all the way to Ontario in Canada, owing to grassroots organizing. The movement began on November 2012 when fast food workers, backed by the Service…

The Legacy of the Great Depression and the Need for Alternative Forms of Tenure and Home Financing

…sis before the inception of the current wave of foreclosures; since the mid-1990s, affordable housing had been in short supply. Renters are also not immune from the foreclosure crisis. A large proportion of renters are at risk of losing their homes because the buildings in which they reside are threatened by foreclosure. Most importantly, as large numbers of homeowners lose their homes to foreclosure, the pressures on the rental market increase by…

Contact and Submissions

…d environmental planning in urban and rural areas. Articles may be up to 2,000 words. They should be addressed to Progressive City’s broad audience of professionals, activists, students and academics, and be straightforward and jargon-free. Following a journalistic style, the first paragraph should summarize the main ideas in the article. A few suggested readings may be mentioned in the text, but do not submit footnotes or a bibliography. The edit…

Bad Meat and Brown Bananas: Building a Legacy of Health by Confronting Health Disparities around Food

…ne for the African Americans Building a Legacy of Health Coalition /REACH 2010 Project What do planners have to do with food? Since 1999, community residents, community organizations and researchers in planning and health have been working to understand food security in the Los Angeles area and to increase options for healthier eating in low-income communities of color. This participatory partnership is using planning and organizing techniques to…

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

…r 43 percent of all local greenhouse gas emissions in Multnomah County by 2010. Transportation sources are also the biggest contributors (38 percent) of local air pollutants such as ozone and carbon monoxide. It is no coincidence that our continuing infatuation with the automobile is coupled with dwindling physical activity and increasing obesity rates. Oregon now has the distinction of being the “fattest” state in the West. Over 60 percent of adu…

News & Knowledge

Since Fall 2016, the key publication of Planners Network is the online Magazine, Progressive City: Radical Alternatives. The online Magazine seeks to be an important means for networking among members, a source of innovative ideas, and forum for controversial policy questions neglected in mainstream planning circles. The Magazine is still a work in progress. We have an all-volunteer Editorial Board and a few paid assistants, but shortly will nee…

The Yale Climate Change and Health Certificate, 18-week program, deadline: September 3rd

…iverse and dynamic professionals. As a benefit to your members, we offer a 10% tuition discount. There are also scholarships and needs-based tuition assistance available for qualified applicants. The Yale Climate Change and Health Certificate is an 18-week, online certificate program that prepares public health professionals and those in related fields to address the health impacts of climate change. The program includes three six-week courses: 1)…

Assistant Professor, Environmental Planning position, University of Toronto

…t Professor – Environmental Planning Date Posted: 10/20/2020 Closing Date: 11/24/2020, 11:59PM EDT Req ID: 966 Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing) Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science Department: Dept of Geography Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto) https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-Assistant-Professor-Environmental-Planning-ON/542348617/ Description: The Department of Geography & Planning in the Faculty of Arts & Science…

East St. Louis Puts Transportation Planners On the Right Track

…named MetroLink, which has since become a tremendous success. MetroLink’s 31-vehicle fleet transports as many as 100,000 people per day to and from all of the region’s major centers along the 18-stop MetroLink route. Following MetroLink’s quick success, the Bi-State Development Agency, the region’s public transit operator for MetroLink, buses and para-transit service, began working with planning organizations and government officials to expand the…

New York City’s Olympic Bid—Why?

…ty winning the designation for which it is applying, to host the games in 2012, against the competition of London, Madrid, Paris and Moscow. What, then, is pushing New York City’s bid? One should not discount civic boosterism. That was probably what moved Mayor Giuliani first to endorse the idea when Dan Doctoroff, then an investment banker and now deputy mayor for economic development in the Bloomberg administration, presented it to him, and what…

Watch Out! It’s Giuliani Time!

…it can happen here. African-Americans understand fascism after living for 200 years in slavery and another 100 years under Jim Crow. Racism, after all, is at the core of the U.S. experience with fascism. Rudolph Giuliani is now a front-runner for the New York Senate seat soon to be vacated by Daniel Moynihan, and is testing the national waters for a possible run for higher office. If he comes to your town, I hope you’ll greet him with the same inc…

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…

An Alternative Tale of the City: Toronto and the Alternative Planning Group

…surrounded by a sea of poorer ethno-racial communities. Between 1980 and 2000, while the poverty rate for the non-racialized population (i.e., those of white, European or Caucasian heritage) fell by 28 percent, poverty among racialized families rose by 361 percent. This is happening at a time when, on average, immigrant skills and education are higher than the Canadian average. Indeed, Torontonians today are virtually all bilingual (if not trilin…

The Costs of Auto Dependency

…f these advantages, I will refrain from doing the same. Economic Costs In 2002, the federal government will spend $27 billion on transportation. Of that, only $3.3 billion will 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…

Review: William J. Wilson’s When Work Disappears

…lion worth of local capital projects which require completion by the year 2010 in order to maintain the city’s infrastructure. If we add in the cost of other related governmental expenses, such as construction of a mass transit system, high speed freight corridor, and missing freeway links, as well as desperately needed upgrades to local public schools, colleges, and universities, the bill would easily exceed $100 billion. This is a lot of work fo…

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

…re created. Prior to this redistricting, the Democrats held 9 of Georgia’s 10 Congressional seats. Eight of the nine Democrats were white. The black was John Lewis of Atlanta, a former civil rights activist. Several of those white Democrats were moderates, who could sometimes be persuaded to vote for bills supported by liberals and the Black Congressional Caucus — in part, because their districts included 20 or 25% black voters. In the 1994 electi…

Confronting Globalization: The Role Of Progressive Planners

…We 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 bas…

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

…n for Transformation, which aims to reduce the existing unit count from 38,000 to 25,000. Fifty-one buildings–most of them high-rise–are slated for demolition. Some developments are being cleared entirely and replaced with new, mixed-income communities. This public housing “transformation” hinges on a narrowly constructed argument that high-rise, high-density sites are inherently bad. Embracing the rhetoric of new urbanists (NU), transformation pl…

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…

Employee Stock Ownership — ESOPS

…of ESOPs and their control of assets has boomed. ESOPs now exist in about 11,000 U.S. companies, and in about 2,500 of them employees are the majority shareholders. An ESOP is a kind of employee benefit plan. Shares are given at least to all full-time employees who have worked for a minimum of one year. Allocations are based on relative pay (but with a cap at $160,000 or, in one-third of the cases, a more equal formula such as seniority or a lowe…

Director of Planning position, City of Dublin, Ohio

…Y: Depends on Qualifications OPENING DATE: 10/08/19 CLOSING DATE: 12/31/19 11:59 PM CITY OF DUBLIN (Ohio) invites applications for the position of: Director of Planning   DESCRIPTION: Great planning leads to great places! And great cities do not occur by happenstance. They are planned, designed and built from a series of methodical choices. The City of Dublin has always been a community that embraces this philosophy and has prospered as a result….

Papers from the “Progressive Cities and Neighborhood Planning” Collection at Cornell: A Collection and a Class

…of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), Cornell University Library. In 2005, the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell offered a short (six weeks) course on “ Progressive Cities and Neighborhood Planning” in the guise of a class on archival research. These papers reflect some of the work done in that course. The course itself was interesting, but more interesting is the story behind the collection and how it has increasingly relat…

Call for Abstracts , Land Use Policy Special Issue on “Collaborative Decision-making for Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Regeneration”

…series of social, economic, and environmental challenges (Mayer, et al., 2005: Wang et al., 2014; Zheng et al., 2017). However, previous experience has shown that urban regeneration initiatives, even with invigorating policy imaginaries, sometimes caused negative consequences, such as social exclusion and gentrification, loss of unique local characteristics, high housing prices, and other problems (Larsen and Hansen, 2008; Montgomery, 2008; Rohe,…

Townview, Texas: A High School Adoption Program

…y leaders, faculty, graduate students and volunteers. On Saturday, November 20, 1999, fifteen Townview students with their professor boarded a DART bus on their way to UTA where they were welcomed by the executive directors of Vecinos Unidos, Casa Dallas, and Tenth Street, and by a group of UTA graduate students and faculty. In the various sessions, high school students learned the basics of planning, urban affairs and historic preservation. The s…

Worker Coops

…r-owned, the last being our focus here. Unlike ESOPs, pure worker coops are 100% controlled by the worker-owners, normally on a one-person one-vote basis (although some coops have hired additional employees who are not owners). Worker-owned coops are most prevalent in bookstores, building/renovation firms, retail food stores, bakeries, restaurants, and plywood manufacturing. Estimates for the number of worker coops in the United States today range…

From “Sugar Cookies” to “Gingerbread Men”: Conformity in Suburban Design

…For example, the typical 1960s household may have had five people on a 50 x 100 foot lot; 1990s suburbs had about 2.5 people on a 30 x 100 foot lot, consuming more land and building materials per person in the same life cycle phase. Smaller lot sizes do not necessarily translate into sustainability. New urbanist projects are not solving the problem of affordable housing either. Developers contend that New urbanist design costs more to build than d…

The Ground Zero Architectural Competition: Designing without a Plan

…veiled by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) in December, 2002. They made the front pages of every New York newspaper, and have been subject to extensive comment ever since. Both praise for imaginative ideas and criticism for overblown gigantism have been heaped on the designs, but some major points are missing from the discussion. Whatever the merits of the nine proposals, the basic problem is that the program they were given by t…

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…

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…

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

By James Perry Days after Hurricane Katrina swept ashore in 2005, the federal levees failed, filling New Orleans with water. The combination of the near miss of the Hurricane and the levee collapse proved to be one of the greatest 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. Louisia…

Israel’s Ongoing War Against the Palestinians of Gaza

…asing of the international group of donors who met in Egypt in late March 2009, what I viewed was the result not of a natural disaster, but of the deliberate actions of the State of Israel, with the tacit 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 tim…

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

…n 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…

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

…ayor John Street ‘s Neighborhood Transformation 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 ren…

Imagine New York: Bringing Diverse Visions into View

By Penelope Duda and Eva Hanhardt The tragic events of September 11, 2001 profoundly affected us all. Within days property owners, politicians, the press and some planning and architecture professionals began to propose how the city and region should quickly rebuild, some even calling for a “redevelopment czar.” Yet, to many others it was clear that if the New York region was to successfully recover, the decision-making process would have to be d…

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

…and 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 rel…

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

By Theresa 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.” Lu…

Planning Positions, City of Oakland, California

…& Building Department Agency: City of Oakland Salary: $73,155.84 – $89,823.00 Annually Job Description: The City of Oakland is looking for dedicated people to contribute to the success of our community. The Planning and Building Department’s Bureau of Planning is currently recruiting qualified individuals to fill five Planner II positions. These positions are an exciting opportunity to participate in shaping the future of Oakland. The ideal candid…

Previous National Conferences

…ences since 1978. For information on our upcoming conference, click here. 2014: Planning at the Borders – June 5th-7th Ciudad Juárez, Mexico The 2014 Planners Network Conference, Planning at the Borders, took place from June 5-7 in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. In the 21st century, borders have expanded beyond defined international borderlines, and they have penetrated into cities –big and small–, into suburbs, into towns, and into rural areas all over t…

University Reps: Frequently Asked Questions

…n 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…

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….