Planners Network

The Organization of Progressive Planning

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Planners Network Timeline

August 1, 1975: First PN newsletter mailing from Chester Hartman to 320 Networkers

Spring 1976: First local PN meetings occur (Washington, D. C. region on March 23-24, Boston region on March 30, NYC region on April 27, and the Bay Area on May 8).

June 1976: PN hosts sessions at the UN Habitat meeting in Vancouver; a Canadian Planners Network is established

October 1976: 1st “The Planners Network – What it is” document produced

February 1977: Index of PN members by interest area published

May 1978: PN meeting at Blacksburg, VA to debate the need for a progressive planning movement and the formation of a national organization of progressive planners

April 1979: Cornell Conference on “Planning Theory and Practice: Economic Context, Emerging Coalitions and Progressive Planning Roles” in Ithaca NY; new PN steering committee appointed to draft a ‘preconstitution’ for the proposed national organization of progressive planners

December 1979: Western Urban and Regional Collective in the Bay Area temporarily takes over editing the PN newsletter from Chester Hartman for 2 issues

February-May 1980: Regional Network meetings held to discuss the formation of a national organization of progressive planners

May 1980: New Newsletter Collective in the Bay Area takes over the editing of the PN newsletter

May 8-10, 1981: Founding Conference of A Union of Progressive Planning, Washington, D.C.

October 1981: PN moves with Chester Hartman to the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

May 8-12, 1982: Introductory outreach meeting for the PN at the annual APA meeting in Dallas, TX

Fall 1982-Spring 1983: First student PN meetings at various planning schools

August, 1984: PN initiated Campaign for Social Responsibility in the Planning, Building Professions begins

Fall 1985: Publication of the PN Housing Reader, Critical Perspectives on Housing, edited by Rachel Bratt, Chester Hartman, and Ann Meyerson

April 17, 1985: Introduction of longer essays into the PN newsletter (PN Special Features); first essay was Displacement Abatements: A Pennsylvania Experiment by Bob Beauregard

December 12-14, 1986: PN national conference in Washington, D.C. entitled Housing and Economic Development: State, Local and Grassroots Initiatives

May 20-22, 1994: National PN conference in Washington, D.C. entitled For an America that Works: A Planners Network Conference on Economic, Social and Environmental Justice

Founding PN Chair Chester Hartman steps down; PN selects a new steering committee headed by two new co-chairs, Ann Forsyth and Ken Reardon

Fall 1994: PN moves to the Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment in Brooklyn, NY

Early Spring 1995: PN steering committee distributes a statement against the GOP’s “Contract on America”

Spring 1995: PN email listserv started

May 19-21, 1995: National PN conference in East St. Louis, IL entitled Linking Community Action and Equity Planning

Summer 1995: First PN steering committee election; 32 members approved for a 4-year term

June 14-16, 1996: PN national conference at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY entitled Renewing Hope, Restoring Vision: Progressive Planning in Our Communities

Summer 1996: PN webpage created

June 26-29, 1997: PN national conference at Cal Poly, Pomona entitled Sharing Stories, Shaping Strategies, and Building Communities

Summer 1997: PN becomes a registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation

November/December 1997: PN first publishes its by-laws

November/December 1997: PN elects its 2nd steering committee

June 17-20, 1999: PN national conference in Lowell, MA entitled Working for a Decent Living: Bridging the Gap between Labor and Community

June 22-25, 2000: First international PN conference hosted in Toronto entitled Insurgent Planning, Globalization and Local Democracy

January/February 2001: PN newsletter (Issue 145) publishes its first column in Spanish; PN steering committee elections

June 21-24, 2001: PN national conference in Rochester, NY entitled Voices of Change: Lessons from Citizen Planners

June 13-16, 2002: PN national conference in Holyoke, MA entitled A New Vision for Historic Cities: Bridging Divides, Building Futures

2003-2004: PN Campus Drives (events on progressive planning to recruit new members) are organized across the country

Summer 2003: PN magazine is renamed Progressive Planning: The Magazine of Planners Network; a monthly e-newsletter is added to the quarterly magazine as a way of distributing time-sensitive information and news from members

Spring 2004: PN steering committee issues statement opposing the war in Iraq

June 17-20, 2004: PN national conference in New York City entitled Walls or Bridges: Strategies for Rebuilding Communities

Summer 2004: PN steering committee elections; by-law amendments; PN steering committee issues statement on the Israeli Wall

Fall 2004: PN Office moves to University of Minnesota

Fall 2004: PN Student Disorientation Guide is posted on the PN website

June 2-5, 2005: PN Design Conference in the Twin Cities, MN entitled Justice by Design

Fall 2005: PN steering committee issues statement on New Orleans (Plan for Racial Equality and Environmental Justice)

June 8-11, 2006: PN national conference in Chicago, IL entitled Tending the Garden: From Grassroots to Green Roofs

May 30-June 2, 2007: PN national conference in New Orleans, LA entitled Race, Class and Community Recovery: From the Neighborhood to the Nation and Beyond

Summer 2007: PN moves to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; new steering committee is elected

April 3-6, 2008: Young Planners Network Annual Conference, Celebrating Youth Leadership in Planning, occurs in NYC

July 17-20, 2008: PN conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba entitled Planning in Challenging Climates

June 16-20, 2010: PN conference in San Francisco

May 18-21, 2011: 2011 Planners Network conference in Memphis, TN, titled Promoting Economic Development through Regional Cooperation, Planning, and Development

June 6-8, 2013: Planners Network conference, Beyond Resilience: Actions for a Just Metropolis

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Planners Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic systems.

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