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Just Transportation Planning: Lessons from California

…AC Transit bus riders had fallen by 30 percent from 1986 to 2005, even as service levels for riders of BART and Caltrans rail service had more than doubled (see Figure 1). As in L.A., bus and rail ridership is demographically very distinct—80 percent of AC Transit riders are minorities, while 50 to 60 percent of BART and Caltrans riders are white (see Figure 2). While it was immediately clear how L.A.’s MTA played “Robin Hood in reverse,” the tas…

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

…ently as the mid-1980s, DOS was thought by many observers to be one of the best-run city agencies. But the department’s mission had gradually evolved over the years as the public’s increasing environmental awareness resulted in state, federal and local laws to regulate waste more strictly. In 1989, the department’s mission was even more fundamentally altered when the city passed the most ambitious recycling laws in the nation. Today, DOS is more c…

Diversity in Practice

…found detailing a front porch rail to be built by a property owner’s eleven-year-old son as they are to be found studying the implications of community form on public health. Community design projects may involve building straw bale homes with the Northern Cheyenne on the open plains of Montana, crafting storage cabinets for residents of single room occupancy shelters in San Francisco ‘s Chinatown or patenting designs for mobile homes. Community d…

Online for Organizing: The Story of COMM-ORG

…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 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…

Water is Life! Cochabamba, Bolivia against Privatization

…a director. While the general manager appointed by the board to direct day-to-day operations of the company could be the focal point of consensus among the engineers of SEMAPA, in practice previous managers have proved unwilling to press controversial issues that run counter to the political current of the board. The net effect of these organizational deficiencies is a politically charged environment at SEMAPA whereby neither the input of company…

Collective Consciousness in Landscape Architecture: Embracing a Social Justice Orientation to Professional Responsibility

…al stewardship is essential to maintain a healthy environment and a quality-of-life for the earth. These principles offer some guidance in the practice of landscape architecture. While it could be argued that their vagueness opens them to multiple, perhaps conflicting interpretations, they do express concern for the welfare of society, particularly with regard to relationships with natural systems. However, this welfare is decidedly contextual, ob…

Lifting Women’s Voices, The Roofless Women’s Action Research Mobilization and Participatory Action Research

…hat have been left out — child care for single mothers, translation for non-English-speaking folks, meeting times that accommodate work schedules, etc.? Overall, how successful were we at nurturing well-informed, genuinely democratic politics and discourse, dialogue about options and the “values” by which those options for policy and design may be evaluated? Evaluated against these criteria, the Roofless Women’s Action Research Mobilization, throu…

Engineering Physical Activity Back Into Americans’ Lives

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

Progressive City Online Magazine

…thwick. Source: http://www.rioonwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Island-of-homes-in-Beira-Rio-e1531319776658.jpg   As of 2015, the City of Rio’s own data showed that 22,059 families (an estimated 77,000 individuals) across the city had been evicted from their homes […] Read More TRANSFORMATIVE PLANNING FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, Part Two: Professional Education and Transformative Community Development Marie Kennedy | November 12, 2018 Student…

Los Angeles Throws its General Plan Overboard as the Ship Goes Down

…long with several rounds of smaller layoffs have, in effect, been ruled out-of-order. Never call for any progressive taxes and never mention proposed reforms of Proposition 13, which, since its adoption in 1979, has cost state and local government dearly. Serious analysts know Proposition 13 has become a major tax dodge for commercial property. Nevertheless, it will continue to be a major backdoor subsidy for those who invest in commercial real es…

Planning for All New Yorkers:The Campaign for Community-Based Planning

…class since the inception of the institution. New York City ’s liberal four-to-one match of campaign finances also allowed those less traditionally endowed to run for office. These two factors combined to give candidates running on advocacy platforms opportunities to win big at the local level, and advocates across the city some reason to be optimistic that their views might be represented within the political system. As elections neared, the Camp…

TRANSFORMATIVE PLANNING FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, Part One: Moving From Advocacy Planning to Transformative Planning

…this means not basing our work on the superficial pasting together of short-lived, issue-specific coalitions, but rather focusing our work on transforming relations between groups. Successful transformative community planning also means planners who are willing to acknowledge that into each planning situation we bring with us our own attitudes and biases—biases that flow from our own class background and location, our own gender, race, ethnicity,…

The Ground Zero Architectural Competition: Designing without a Plan

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

Whose right, to what city?

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

Embrace Abolitionist Planning to Fight Trumpism

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

You Gotta Represent Dispersing Authority to Dispersed Members

…tly support organizing. I find it doubtful we could mount a vigorous letter-writing campaign or petition drive. It would also be difficult to coordinate the writing of reports, position papers, or op-ed pieces, much less to collect the writing PNers are already doing with the purpose of amplifying our message to a larger audience. Such efforts in the past have been only sporadic and occurred when one or several members stepped up to the plate. Ult…

Oregon: Where’s the Growth Control?

…ives to collect dust for bookworms of the library system to rediscover. My service-learning opportunity in the Rogue Valley included a stint in Ashland, considered a near utopia by many individuals and families. Ashland is on the cutting edge on many issues as a result of citizen involvement and a committed group of public servants. The first response I usually hear about Ashland is that it’s too expensive. Yes, it is pricey for the average Joe, b…

Getting Transportation Priorities Straight

…of the old fashioned mega-yards that make neighborhoods into massive train-to-truck depots, new yards should be small enough that a community can absorb the truck impacts. Potential sites that could be developed or redeveloped include Phelps Dodge in Queens, the Harlem River Railyard in the Bronx, Port Ivory in Staten Island and Pilgrim State on Long Island. Trucks will take the freight from the yards to its final destination. At the moment, thes…

Smart Decline and Planning Ideology

…use recommendation: For its part, Detroit must address the fact that a 138-square-mile city that once accommodated 1.85 million people is way too large for the 912,000 who remain. The fire, police and sanitation departments couldn’t efficiently service the yawning stretches of barely inhabited areas even if the city could afford to maintain those operations at their former size. Detroit has to shrink its footprint, even if it means condemning dec…

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

…of practice related to urban and regional planning. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) in planning or a related field and are progressing towards completion may also be considered. Candidates who hold an accredited professional planning degree are preferred. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate: strong research and/or community engaged scholarship; an active commitment to professional planning education and/or experie…

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

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

Equity and Inclusion Program Manager I, Austin Transportation Dept., City of Austin, Texas

…f the country’s most popular, high-profile “green” and culturally dynamic cities, Austin was selected as the #1 Best Places to Live (US News and World Report 4/2017), # 5 Top 25 Future-Ready US Cities (Convention Management Association Convene Magazine, 2/2016), “Best City for the Next Decade” (Kiplinger), the “Best Places to Live in the US” (US News), the “Top Creative Center” in the US (Entrepreneur.com) and #1 on the “On Numbers Economic Index”…

The Postmodern Opportunity for Planning

…y, to express their deepest understandings and realize themselves as individuals and groups. Third, it exemplifies what it means to be a conscious partner in the evolution towards the human and ecological ideal. At its best, the day-to-day practice of planning will be an approximation of that ideal. Paul Niebanck has been a PNer from the outset. His primary work is with community planning and development in and around his home neighborhood, Pionee…

Bush to Cities: “Drop Dead”

…es. Between 1993 and 2002, (the CRA was most vigorously enforced in the mid-to-late 1990s) loans to blacks increased by 79 percent, to Hispanics by 185 percent and to whites by 30 percent. At the same time, loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers grew by 90 percent and to middle-income buyers by 51 percent. Researchers at Harvard, the Federal Reserve Board, the US Treasury and various academic institutions report that CRA has worked for lender…

Melrose Commons, A Case Study for Sustainable Community Design

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

Looking at Participatory Planning in Cuba… through an Art Deco Window

…ir constituents and the central organs of the state. In the last decade-and-a-half, several factors have influenced the development of participatory democracy in Cuba: the economic crisis that resulted from the collapse of the Soviet bloc; the reforms of the 1990s to confront that crisis; and renewed US hostility toward Cuba. In general, the reforms have provided openings for more participation in local decision-making and to some extent have geog…

Reflections of an Activist Scholar: Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.

…in a book length manuscript. I decided to undergird the project with house-to-house surveys, so I had a deeper understanding of how ordinary Cubanos viewed neighborhood life, education, health care, and the social supports system, as well as how they made ends meet. Concurrently, I decided not to ask the Cuban government for permission to do the study. I wanted my findings to be free from any taint of government influence or censorship. This rese…

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

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

Progressive Planning Profile: Jacqueline Leavitt

…y resources into the community and enabling students to link with community- and labor-based practitioners. The project on the homecare workers campaign in 2000-2001 received the 2002 APA Local and State Chapter Award. After that project, Leavitt continued to work and write on the homecare workers and their housing conditions and with Teresa Lingafelter, published a piece in the 2005 collection Jobs and Economic Development in Minority Communities…

Would the “Real” Planners Please Stand Up?: Four Views on Naming, Framing and Identity in Planning Education

…not be valued as highly. If I look at these discussions through a sociology-of-work lens, I ask whether the differential values attached to specific practice arenas or specialties might not serve to preserve the roles of established planning educators with certain backgrounds as gatekeepers to their own workplace and to the profession as a whole. Maintaining tight boundaries may also serve to limit competition for students from planning educators…

Peter Marcuse: His Extraordinary Contributions to Progressive Planning

…e Planning Commission in the early stages of development of the city’s poly-nucleated long-range plan. In New York City, he focused on the issue of the disposition of city-owned property and was successful in achieving the adoption of a statement of principles committing the city to the redevelopment of city-owned property to meet the needs of existing residents. He has also been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development…

The Apartheid Bubble in the Desert

…st in the city, is a Middle Eastern theme park and luxury casbah. Its extra-strength modern and post-modern designs include eclectic elements resembling parts of pyramids, giant temple pillars and a classical Greek façade. One section of the mall is supposed to look like a traditional souk, or Arab marketplace. But unlike the average souk, it is strictly for European travelers and the elite, a giant boutique with soaps, spices, carpets and clothes…

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

…1979. Historically, the juntas have played multiple roles, including: Self-help. Through the juntas, ex-miners and campesinos have pooled their resources (including miners’ pension funds) and technical skills to buy land, build schools and parks and install basic utility services. This has enabled residents to basically self-construct their communities and neighborhoods. Regulation. The juntas regulate neighborhood transactions, such as the buyin…

Transportation Struggles in the Post-Apartheid City

…change contains very strong potential for the development of modern transit- and pedestrian-based cities. In one major metropolis, policymakers are advancing principles that western environmentalists and transit advocates have succeeded in advancing only slightly — financing a “transit first” policy by taking urban motorists for the congestion, pollution, and other harms they cause. In the many cities where transportation reform is receiving littl…

Fuel Cell Futility

…gh depletion rate of natural gas wells in North America, we’re headed pedal-to-the-metal into The Last Energy Crunch. But you knew that, didn’t you? Then again, you also know that you might have to buy a new car in the next few years. So what are you going to do? Well, here’s a tip: Don’t be the first one on your block to roll into that driveway with an HFC-powered car. Trust me. If you really have to have a car–more on that in a moment–your energ…

Resisting Displacement and Disposession

…ently working on her first book manuscript titled Race, Space, and the Wake-Work of our Undercommons —an ethnographic and photographic exploration of socio-spatial resistance and everyday revolution in Brown and Black spaces, towards what she hopes to suggest as a “Theory of Love.” Mia has been featured in Harpers, Glamour, AlterNet and HuffPost. She has also been honored as a Ford Foundation Minority Fellow and a National Science Foundation Fello…

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

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

What You Always Knew About Globalization but Were Afraid to Tell: Five Basic Lessons

…d-historical victory of Western liberal capitalism over all rival political-economic systems as the best and the last of all possible human worlds. No ideology has posed a greater threat to the kind of planning advocated by the Planners Network than neoliberalism, because neoliberalism legitimates and perpetuates a historical condition in which the economy subjugates human life to its own autonomous laws, often with inhuman consequences. Radical-d…

Transformative Community Planning: Empowerment Through Community Development

…ncies to serve the supposedly neutral public interest. On the contrary, low-income communities in particular couldn’t depend on publicly-paid planners to represent their interests. Communities which were not part of the power bloc that elected and kept various politicians in office, communities which differed in terms of class, race, gender, whatever, from that power bloc, could pretty much depend on being embattled with public planning agencies….

Food System Planning: Setting the Community’s Table

…round aquifers and the inputs necessary to sustain soil fertility. The seed-to-table idea extends the food system concept further to include processing facilities, transportation systems, warehousing and distribution centers, supermarkets, restaurants, farmers markets and farm stands and of course, consumers. In the case of hunger and food insecurity, food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, community kitchens, elderly feeding programs and the en…

Planning After September 11: The Issues In New York

…Uniform Land Use Review Procedure in which such boards play a role, a “197-a” process for neighborhood-based planning, requirements for information and public hearings, etc. However, the City Planning Commission has not played any visible role in the current debates except to indicate its willingness to facilitate any development that is wanted. The newly elected New York City Council, new because term limits precluded the majority of its former…

Towards a New Community Development Paradigm: The Political and Economic Agenda

…foothold. Many grassroots organizations and community groups have promoted service-based or relatively low-skilled business as the path of least resistance. These sectors often are lower paid and afford few opportunities for job ladders. Yet if these jobs were to be linked with appropriate training and mechanization, improvements in productivity could follow and profits could then be invested in training and improved assessments of service deliver…

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

…e nutritional resource environment with a view to creating a better quality-of-life. This focus is part of a growing initiative, as public health researchers have turned to urban planners for help with a growing number of health concerns, most prominently obesity, clearly related to the urban environment. This project has relied on a close collaboration between health and planning researchers and community residents and organizations. Using a comm…

Origins of Community Design

…began working on issues in San Francisco ‘s Chinatown. Today, AND is a full-service professional planning and architectural service that has an annual operating budget of about $4 million and is dedicated to housing and community development throughout the region. In Salt Lake City, ASSIST, Inc. has continued to provide accessibility design services, seeing more than 100 projects through to construction each year. Architects, landscape architects…

Israel’s Ongoing War Against the Palestinians of Gaza

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

PN Magazine At One

…l happen to Planners Network, the organization? Throughout our nearly three-decades-long history, there has been a continuing tension between two models for PN. One is the network model. The function of the network has been to foster connections among progressive planners, through the newsletter and magazine and the PN conferences. The other model is that of anadvocacy organization that engages progressive issues within the planning profession, pa…

Junior Community Planner, Northern Futures Planning, Ottawa, Ontario

…y planning and development review support services to clients Support short- and long-range planning exercises including in-community consultation Research planning policy and best practices Assist with proposal writing Interface with clients remotely through email, conference calls and video calls Assist other team members as needed   Requirements 1-3 years of experience Ability to write in a clear and concise manner for targeted audiences A grea…

Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Urban Institute

…ing Excel, PowerPoint, and Word Experience working in the non-profit or not-for-profit sector preferred. Maintains an informed, anti-racist and anti-oppressive orientation in personal and professional affairs. Ability to build positive working relationships, work effectively in teams, and identify organizational opportunities and new ideas. Oral and written fluency in English required, in French, highly desired.   Other Details All CUI Employees h…

What We Do

…1975, PN has been publishing a newsletter for its members. In 2002, the bi-monthly newsletter grew into a 48-page quarterly magazine. Progressive Planning: The Magazine of Planners Network sought to be a means for networking among members, a source of innovative ideas, and a forum for controversial policy questions neglected in mainstream planning circles. In 2017, the magazine became Progressive City: Radical Alternatives, an online publication…

Fighting for Balanced Transportation in the Motor City

…ee delegates on the EC for its population of 950,000. Livingston County, a fast-growing area on the furthest periphery of the metropolitan region, is allocated four delegates for its population of 157,000. In other words, Detroit gets one vote for every 317,000 people while Livingston County gets one vote for every 39,000 people. Figure 1 shows the geographic distribution of people and votes in the region. The disparity in voting strength between…

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…k and Twitter. About Planners Network Planners Network is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization. Get details on how to Join Planners Network For submissions to the new online Magazine, Progressive City: Radical Alternatives, visit www.progressivecity.net/contact (scroll down for submission guidelines) and email: info(at)progressivecity(dot)net Download the Disorientation Guide in the News & Knowledge section. See back issues of the former print ma…

Changing the Culture of Planning Toward Greater Equity

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

Over 160 US Cities for Peace

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

TRANSFORMATIVE PLANNING FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, Part Two: Professional Education and Transformative Community Development

…ple, not with people. Planning students are taught how to wield the most up-to-date technical tools, but frequently they are not taught how to work with people in a way that puts the power to make decisions into the hands of the people most affected by the problems being confronted. To highlight the connection between planning education and transformative community development, I will give two brief vignettes—one from teaching at the University of…

Chairperson, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

…udies, Engaged Cornell, Center for the Study of Inequality, and the Public Service Center, among other multi-disciplinary venues. The Chair will play a key role in campus-wide initiatives related to environmental sustainability, international development, data analysis, public policy and the social sciences.   Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, protected ve…

Chairperson, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

…udies, Engaged Cornell, Center for the Study of Inequality, and the Public Service Center, among other multi-disciplinary venues. The Chair will play a key role in campus-wide initiatives related to environmental sustainability, international development, data analysis, public policy and the social sciences. Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, protected vete…

Israel’s War for Water

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

Urban Planning for Sustainable Cities, Asst Prof., Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

…heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, our faculty and students benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and compelling program offerings in our four Faculties, Library, School of Graduate Studies and Centre for Continuing Education. Today’s challenges require new, collaborative, interdisciplinary thinking and action. We are designing a next-generation university that draws on the skills of our faculty and on the strengths of our ex…

Community Engagement

…p-down urban planning counterparts who take a product-oriented, know-what’s-best-for-you-approach to a more trans-disciplinary approach to design and community development. It’s an approach that moves from a superficial development of functional and, too often, dysfunctional forms to a substantive understanding of the way people live, work and develop. This different understanding can often result in a more meaningful and more satisfying form of d…

Columbia University’s Expansion and the Struggle for the Future of Harlem

…ommunity concern over the new expansion is not just parochial NIMBYism (Not-In-My-Backyard). When President Lee Bollinger asserts his desire for a campus expansion with a definite “Columbia identity,” this history of racial exclusion and aggressive unilateralism invokes legitimate distrust and fear among residents of West Harlem for the future of their community. Columbia’s plan for Manhattanville was revealed as a complete tabletop model in 2004…

Gender and Urban Planning: Time for Another Look

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

PN99 At Lowell: Labor and Community Meet

…ctivities. Some of the results were impressive, particularly the huge paint-on-cardboard images protesting welfare cuts and denouncing a proposed stadium that would wipe out a Newark, New Jersey neighborhood (created in the “Making Your Issue Visible” workshop led by Los Angeles artist/planner Judy Branfman). Community tours led by organizers gave people a “hands-on” look at the area. The labor history tour of Nashua, New Hampshire was co-led by a…

Citizen Hall: Reclaiming City Hall for the People

…one happens to ask will the front desk security guards provide a small, out-of-date guide to City Hall. Countless meetings may be going on in City Hall that affect everyday life, but they are very poorly promoted. At least in a movie theatre, visitors know about everything that is going on that day due to the presence of large digital display boards. As is the case in many community centers, a display board could be used to notify people of schedu…

Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice

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

Preserving Low-Income Communities through Non-Profit Development Initiatives

…and 8,000 square feet for small, incubating retail businesses. The elevator-serviced front boulevard buildings contain the smaller households with few or no children. The other half of the units, for larger families, have their own two- and three-story homes located at the rear of the site above a parking garage. The retail space was included as an economic development strategy to help spawn small local businesses that could also serve the communi…

Organizing A Childcare Union In Philadelphia

…y advocates. Childspace Cooperative Development Inc. (CCDI), a Philadelphia-based developer of worker-centered childcare enterprises, cosponsored the gathering with a local think-tank. CCDI is a driving force behind this unusual organizing campaign, mobilizing employers and employees alike. CCDI is best known for developing worker-owned daycare centers that create better childcare jobs and careers, while giving parents and community residents a sa…

The Heresies in HUD’s Public Housing Policy

…enance. Due process in eviction procedures Due process—fairness in decision-making—is a constitutional requirement of all actions of government for the protection of those it affects. In the case of public housing it is a right of its residents. For private owners it is at best a nuisance, at worst something to be bitterly fought. If a tenant is not paying rent, out! No matter the cause, no matter the impact on the individual or the family. In pub…

Olympic Glory or Fool’s Gold?: New Yorkers Boo Stadium and Midtown Plan

…out the market’s appetite for new supply. Even when speculating on the long-term (20-30 years) need for new office and commercial space, the city should continue to strengthen the expanding central business districts in its outer boroughs, such as Brooklyn and Queens, rather than flood the market with more space in Manhattan, where building and infrastructure costs are much higher. The Alternative Plan The HKNA plan calls instead for a maximum of…

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

…First, they are the location of most metropolitan area jobs, including the best-paying jobs, and the nucleus of key industries — what economists call the advantages of “agglomeration.” Second, these city-based firms and industries spin off jobs that are located in the suburbs, but depend on the central city for their sustenance. Third, cities remain the hub of the metropolitan region’s civic life, where the major cultural, educational, medical, go…

Networked Security in the City: A Call to Action for Planners

…military-oriented intelligence systems work in U.S. cities, employing state-of-the-art secure “fusion centers” with cutting-edge computer and communications equipment. These hubs are veritable copycats of the military’s “tactical operations centers,” which can be thought of as coordinating units that integrate a “full spectrum” of operations. A clear example of this approach is the National Counterterrorism Center, a secure facility in Northern Vi…

Two World Urban Forums, Two Worlds Apart

…sed on urban issues—the U.N.-sponsored World Urban Forum (WUF) and a social-movement-sponsored Social 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…

It’s Housing, Not Public Housing

…lessness when the Warren Buffets and Ted Turners of the nation sit on multi-billion dollar nest eggs (even after one of them gives away a billion). They win when they talk about income inequality and the need for the average American working person to receive his or her fair share of the pie. In the larger picture, a big part of the country’s political future will be the evolving response of the lower middle and working classes to economic restruc…

Federal Urban Renewal Not Dead

…ners may be able to make a connection between the power of oil and the auto-dependent, highway-based model of urbanization. What is the issue for progressive urban planners? We are against the displacement of low-income communities, the formation of segregated enclaves that entrap the poor and powerless and protect the rich, and the exclusion of people based on race, religion and class. So shouldn’t we be against the settlements in Israel and put…

Deviant History, Defiant Heritage

…ses in Abiquiu and New Caanan, respectively, came into being. O’Keeffe’s on-again, off-again romance with Maria Chabot is critical to understanding the landmark. In the words of Paula Martinac, “the renovation of the Abiquiu house was overseen by Maria Chabot, a writer who began living with O’Keeffe in 1941 in an intimate friendship — ‘a tall handsome young woman,’ as O’Keeffe described her. Maria planned all the details of the renovation, includi…

Advocacy and Community Planning: Past, Present and Future

…der and leader of PEO who passed away last year. It was the first community-based plan in the city, took forty-five years to implement and resulted in a phenomenal redevelopment of the 11-block area with an unprecedented 60 percent of all housing units for low-income households. Cooper Square also founded the first community land trust in the city. In 2001, a group of us launched the Campaign for Community-Based Planning, which advocates for all o…

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

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

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

…r achieving a viable state of their own that they will submit to an Israeli-controlled mini-state. Creating Facts on the Ground Consider the following facts: • Since 1967, Israel has expropriated for settlements, highways, “bypass roads,” military installations, nature reserves and infrastructure some 24 percent of the West Bank, 89 percent of Arab East Jerusalem and 25 percent of Gaza. • More than 200 settlements have been constructed in the Occu…

Artists as Community Developers

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

Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy…Still

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

Vietnam Going Global without a Plan: Welcome to the Capitalist World

…stainable cities. But Vietnam ‘s “market socialism” seems to be mostly free-market capitalism; it is creating structural poverty, segregated cities and environmental destruction. The historic balance between agriculture, industry and urban life is being destroyed. A rich street life is being wiped out by the car and motorbike industries. Perhaps the best hope is in the scores of spontaneous protests against massive urban renewal and displacement w…

Immigrant Economies and New York City’s Garment Industry: Challenges for Community Development

…prevalent form of garment production in New York is, however, based on the cheap labor of risk-taking immigrant business owners and their co-ethnic workers. Since the emphasis is to internalize production in fairly established small manufacturers, Sunset Park’s immigrant contractors and workforce are effectively closed off from establishing linkages to Brooklyn Mills resources. Without sound planning and economic development strategies, small immi…

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

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

Restricting Occupancy, Hurting Families

…e who may share a rented or self-owned home, and setting restrictive person-to-room ratios. The standards are purposefully designed to be biased against certain groups by legislating away the right to have extended or large nuclear families live together. Once the regulations are in effect, there is often uneven enforcement, targeting those unwanted groups, generally based on their ethnicity or the presence of children in the household. What we’re…

The Great Sleep-In: Demonstrating for Public Housing in Paris

…that no one was interested in talking to her because she was white, French-born and formerly middle-class. She claimed that the reporters preferred to talk to the activists or to the people of color. While most people there were de jure French citizens, because of their ethnic features they were a priori classified as immigrants and thus drew more attention. Throughout the days of the protest, politicians and celebrities alike came to the site to…

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

…t and implementation of a 4-year program that incorporates technology skill-building, service learning, civic engagement and community advocacy. Theme Integration Model Class Projects . We create projects that connect regular subject area curricula with urban planning and urban studies issues, concepts and vocabulary. For example, 9th grade students participated in one of the following projects as part of the English Language Arts or English as a…

New York City’s Olympic Bid—Why?

…the planners put together for the 2012 bid they labeled an X plan: a north-south transportation axis using ferry service from Staten Island up the harbor and up the East and Harlem Rivers, and an east-west axis using existing rail lines from Flushing Meadows in Queens to the Meadowlands in New Jersey. And where the axes cross, the bid website says: The Olympic Village will be at the center of the “X,” on the East River in Queens, directly across…

The Forgotten Struggle of the Negev Bedouin

…for generations. Part of that land includes the village of Al Arakib, a 100-year-old Bedouin village that is already surrounded by the Ambassador Forest’s first trees intended for Jewish suburbs. Al Arakib, population 300, is one of the unrecognized villages. On the eve of Ramadan this August, the village made headlines when Israeli forces stormed it and demolished about forty homes—for the third time in less than a month. When the authorities had…

The Complicated Relationship of Global NGOs and Local Popular Movements: Reflections from South Africa

…ey are often confronted with urgent immediate expenses for the costs of day-to-day organizing—costs that escalate enormously when state repression has to be confronted. Popular organizations will simply not survive if they do not prioritize collective work, like holding regular meetings, opposing evictions and supporting prisoners, over individual opportunities for international travel. Moreover, because most of the organizations that network inte…

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

…quities and foster civic engagement. Such strategies can produce both short- and long-term outcomes, outcomes that emerge from the creation of effective partnerships, reliable critical forecasting, new epistemologies, meaningful policy interventions and active citizenship. Engaging the City: An Exercise in Futility The City of Toronto’s review led to the establishment of the Toronto Social Development Network (TSDN) in the summer of 2005, made up…

East St. Louis Puts Transportation Planners On the Right Track

…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 light rail system into other areas of the region. According to the original plan, the next phase of MetroLink is to be an extension into St. Clair County, Illinois, a project that was approved by voters of the county’s Transit District in late 1993. The route will begin at an…

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

…ram can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs? or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Can…

News & Knowledge

…rs Network Beginning with the Winter 2002 issue, PN started publishing a 48-page quarterly magazine instead of the bi-monthly newsletter. In 2003 the magazine was renamed Progressive Planning: The Magazine of Planners Network. Access to back issues are available to paid members. E-Newsletter and Newsletter Archives We launched an E-Newsletter in 2005 to update paid members on more time-sensitive information. Access to archived e-newsletters are av…

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

…alified 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) Introduction to Climate Change and Health 2) Climate Adaptation for Human Health 3) Communicating Climate Change and Health To learn more about the program, visit our website:…

Assistant Professor, Environmental Planning position, University of Toronto

…the closing date. Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We encourage applicants to combine PDF or MS Word documents into one or two files. Inquiries should be directed to Professor Richard DiFrancesco, Chair of the Search Committee, at chair.geoplan@utoronto.ca. All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by November 24, 2020. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Cana…

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

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

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

…Citizen Action and a number of other organizations and approaches; resident-initiated neighborhood plans, the products of the classic advocacy planning made famous by Davidoff and others; city hall-initiated neighborhood planning such as we had experienced in places like Rochester, New York, and Savannah, Georgia; and community development institutions—hundreds of good examples, several of which we had researched at Cornell. We invited students to…

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