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Job ads – Associate & Senior Planner, City of Dana, California

February 9, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Associate Planner

City of Dana Point

Salary: $5,563 – $7,232 monthly.

Plus Benefits

The City of Dana Point is seeking a top-notch professional to fill its vacant planner position in the Community Development Department. The Associate Planner is the full journey level class in the professional planning series. Under general direction, the position conducts studies, analyzes data and prepares reports on current and long-range projects in areas of planning, zoning and infill development; and performs related duties as assigned.

Candidates must possess three years of progressively responsible work in planning and community development. Experience working with GIS mapping programs highly desirable.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban planning, or a closely related field is required. American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) certificate is highly desirable.Candidates should possess or be able to obtain a valid California Drivers License. This position is non-exempt under FLSA standards.

Apply Immediately: Open Until Filled. Frist Review Date: February 29, 2016.

To view the flyer and to apply, please visit www.danapoint.org/employment

 

Senior Planner

City of Dana Point

Salary: $6,713 – $9,026 monthly.

Plus Benefits

The City of Dana Point’s Community Development Department is seeking a highly experienced and skilled individual to fill its vacancy for Senior Planner. Under general direction, the position performs and directs complex professional planning work related to current and long range planning projects. The Senior Planner also assists with planning, organizing and directing the work and the employees of the Community Development Department.

Candidates must possess five years of progressively responsible work in municipal planning and community development.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban planning, or a closely related field is required. Master’s degree is highly desirable. American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) certificate is highly desirable. Candidates should possess or be able to obtain a valid California Drivers License. This position is an exempt, at-will position under FLSA standards.

Apply Immediately: Open Until Filled. Frist Review Date: February 29, 2016.

To view the flyer and to apply, please visit www.danapoint.org/employment

 

Job Ad – Planner III, City and County of San Francisco

February 9, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

 

5291 Planner III

Salary $43.08 – $52.35/hour; $7,466.00 – $9,074.00/month; $89,596.00 – $108,888.00/year 

Position Description

Under direction, the Planner III performs difficult and complex planning work.

The essential functions of this job include, but are not limited, to:

  • Managing the development of long-range citywide or neighborhood plans and programs;
  • Preparation, revision and updating of the General Plan and/or Planning Code;
  • Leading Community outreach and engagement processes;
  • Preparing recommendations for Department, Planning Commission and other city Commissions/Boards actions;
  • Providing information orally and in writing to city agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations, the Planning Commission and the general public;
  • Interpreting and explaining legal, technical and procedural aspects of planning work to agencies and members of the public;
  • Conducting site and field inspections and conducting surveys and interviews to obtain data;
  • Preparing computer-based and hard copy graphic materials;
  • Designing and preparing graphic presentations to illustrate planning and development concepts;
  • Conducting research studies and formulating recommendations to assist in planning policies;
  • Provide zoning and permitting information to the general public, including shifts at the Planning Information Counter;
  • Processes relevant planning applications and referrals, including: General Plan Referrals, Preliminary Project Assessments, and Community Plan Exemptions; and
  • Performing related duties as required.

Planner III’s may be required to attend meetings or participate in work-related activities outside of normal working hours (evenings and weekends) in various community locations.  Some positions may require possession of a valid driver license, and may require specialized experience in order to perform department-specific planning duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND four (4) years (8,000 hours) of verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in an urban, city, regional and/or other related planning environment (such as transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design);

OR

  • Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional or Urban Planning, or a closely related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies or Environmental Studies AND two (2) years (4,000 hours) of verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in an urban, city, regional and/or other related planning environment (such as transportation planning, environmental planning, architecture or urban design).

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=TEX&R2=5291&R3=066566 to register an account, and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.

 

Job ad: Planning Manager, City of Dana Point, California

February 6, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Planning Manager

City of Dana Point

Salary: $116,832 – $157,716 annually.

Plus Benefits

The City of Dana Point Community Development Department is seeking an experience, self-motivated, inspirational Planning Manager to join a dynamic and committed team. The Planning Manager reports to the Director of Community Development and will exercise direct supervision to professional and technical staff, and direct service to property owners, developers, and contractors. As the leader of a small, full-service Planning Division, the Manager must have a broad base of experience and knowledge of local government planning, preferably in a Southern California coastal community, and a clear understanding of the role of a manager in local government.

Candidates must possess ten years of progressively responsible work in planning and community development. The majority of this experience should consist of high-level management and supervisory responsibilities. Experience in a public agency working in a management classification is highly desirable. Experience with the California Coastal Act and Form Based Codes is highly desirable.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in planning, urban design, or a closely related field is required. Master’s degree in related field along with a designation of American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) is highly desirable. Candidates should possess or be able to obtain a valid California Drivers License. This position is exempt under FLSA standards.

Apply Immediately: Open Until Filled. Frist Review Date: February 22, 2016 To view the flyer and to apply, please visit www.danapoint.org/employment

Job Posting – 5278 Planner II – San Francisco Planning Department

February 4, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

5278 Planner II – San Francisco Planning Department

Salary $36.28 – $44.09/hour; $6,288.00 – $7,642.00/month; $75,452.00 – $91,702.00/year

Application Deadline: 2/16/16 @ 5:00 p.m.

Position Description

Under general supervision, performs difficult city planning work and participates in all phases of city planning; assists in the preparation of planning, research, surveys and projects; conducts investigations, collects and analyzes data on zoning, subdivision design, urban renewal, rapid transit and other land use problems; assists in the conduct of environmental impact reviews; assists in the preparation of written and graphic reports; may supervise subordinate survey, clerical and office personnel; and performs related duties as required. Requires responsibility for: carrying out and interpreting city planning policies and procedures; making continuing personal contacts with representatives of government, civic and business organizations, and the general public in the explanation and interpretation of laws, ordinances, policies, rules and regulations relating to city planning activities; preparing, checking and reviewing important technical records involving the master plan, capital improvement program, urban renewal, zoning and other technical city planning records.

 

The essential functions of this job include:

  • Compiles and prepares technical, physical, economic, social and statistical data in the form of reports and graphs, maps and charts; prepares base maps for use in the development of the master plan and the capital improvement program; collects data, makes studies, performs field investigations and writes reports on assigned problems in the field of zoning, subdivisions, park and recreation areas, population movement and traffic, transportation and other land use studies.
  • Prepares maps, charts, photographs and other graphic presentations to illustrate studies of land use, transportation, population, traffic, streets, freeways, residential, business, recreational and playground areas, zoning and subdivisions.
  • Assists in and performs research and analysis of economic and sociological problems as a basis for preparation of the master plan, urban renewal and capital improvement program; attends public hearings, meetings or conferences or various city departments, takes notes and prepares summary reports, answers inquiries pertaining to zoning, urban renewal, freeway and street location and other city planning and related problems.
  • May process various zoning applications and permits; interprets and explains zoning ordinances and other city planning problems to the public.
  • May assist in the analysis and review of environmental impact reports; interprets and explains legal, technical and procedural aspects of environmental review to the public.

 

Planner II’s may be required to attend meetings or participate in work-related activities outside of normal working hours (evenings and weekends) in various community locations. Some positions may require possession of a valid driver license, and may require specialized experience in order to perform department-specific planning duties..

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND two (2) years (4,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in city, regional, urban or transportation planning, urban design, historic preservation, architectural or environmental review or other related field;

OR

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional, or Urban Planning, or a closely related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Physical Sciences, Historic Preservation, or Environmental Studies AND one (1) year (2,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in city, regional, urban or transportation planning, urban design, historic preservation, architectural or environmental review or other related field;

OR

  1. Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional, or Urban Planning, or a closely related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies, or Environmental Studies..

 

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=TPV&R2=5278&R3=066973 to register an account, and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.

 

Happy New Year from PN – make joining PN one of your resolutions for 2016!

January 12, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized
Dear PN wordpress list members:

Best wishes for the 2016 New Year from the PN Steering Committee!

If you are not presently a member of PN, we are hoping that you will consider becoming one this year.  Please see the following link for information on how to join:

http://www.plannersnetwork.org/join-pn/

Your membership would greatly help the organization provide important resources, including the quarterly magazine, Progressive Planning; the monthly e-newsletter, discounts to the PN Conferences driven by community-led tours and participatory workshops.

Through a cutting-edge magazine and exciting conferences, PN fills an important niche in planning today as one of the only voices that calls for progressive, alternative approaches to social, economic and environmental inequities. We realize these are difficult economic times but your support can help keep that voice alive.

Please consider joining today.

The PN Steering Committee

Executive Director Position, ASSIST Inc. Community Design Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

January 8, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Executive Director

ASSIST Inc, Community Design Center

Salt Lake City, Utah

Deadline for applications is Friday, January 22, 2016.

ASSIST Inc, founded in 1969 as one of the first nonprofit Community Design Centers in the country, seeks an Executive Director to manage all aspects of the program and mission of ASSIST. ASSIST provides architectural design, community planning, and development assistance to nonprofit and community groups; housing repair assistance to low income homeowners; and accessibility design assistance to people with disabilities. The Executive Director is responsible for financial management, human resources, program and policy development, public relations, architectural design and community planning services, fundraising and event management, and oversight of all activities of the organization.

The ASSIST office is located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, and has an annual budget of approximately $1 million. The staff currently consists of four people (executive director, housing director, office manager, and architectural intern). This is a permanent position reporting to a Board of Directors and includes a competitive salary, 403(b) retirement plan, health insurance, and generous paid time off.

Responsibilities

Because this is a small center, the Executive Director has a wide range of responsibilities and job duties. Management tasks include managing six Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) contracts; interfacing with administrative staff in multiple jurisdictions; overseeing accounting and billing functions; preparing and maintaining the annual budget; managing all aspects of the office; hiring, supervising, and evaluating office staff including architectural interns and students; and interfacing with the Board of Directors.

Program responsibilities include oversight of all staff, assisting the housing director with the emergency home repair program, and providing accessibility assessment and design services for individual homes and adaptive reuse building design services for nonprofit and community groups.

Community design responsibilities include fostering community involvement and advocacy for balanced and equitable community development. Outreach and training responsibilities include participating in resource fairs, presenting to community organizations, speaking to architecture and occupational therapy students at local colleges, interfacing with home builders, preparing accessibility literature, participating in community planning and design activities, and attending regional and local planning meetings. In addition, the Executive Director will work with the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning to train student interns and collaborate on public interest design projects.

Qualifications

Minimum requirements include 3-5 years of professional experience with demonstrable increases in administrative, programmatic, and managerial responsibilities. The individual must have a broad range of skills, including public presentation skills and basic financial and accounting acumen; an ability to successfully interface with staff, government employees, and community partners; excellent written and oral communication skills, and experience in accessibility design work and planning. A degree in architecture or planning, or comparable design and planning skills/experience, is required. Computer skills with office suite, graphic programs and CAD desired.

Application Process

Please send a resume, salary requirements, and a brief cover letter explaining your interest in and experience with community design and planning, and (3) references including phone numbers to:

David Fitzsimmons, AIA – President

ASSIST Inc – Community Design Center

218 East 500 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Or email to: info@assistutah.org, www.assistutah.org, 801 355-7085

Deadline for applications is Friday, January 22, 2016.

Update from PN-NYC Chapter: Memorial for Jackie Leavitt

January 3, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Dear Progressive Planners and Friends of Jackie Leavitt:

As you may already know, Jackie Leavitt, most recently Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA and friends with many people in planning in both the east and west coasts, passed away on Nov. 27. We are planning a memorial gathering remembering Jackie in New York City to be held Feb. 6.  Below is information about the time and location. If you know of others in the New York area who should know about this event, do please inform them.

Please RSVP to: JackieLeavitt.memorial@gmail.com. Please also send any photos of Jackie you may have to the same email address.

Here are links to the UCLA obituary and a profile of Jackie in the Winter 2008 issue of Progressive Planning:

http://luskin.ucla.edu/…/memoriam-jacqueline-leavitt-1939-%…

http://www.plannersnetwork.org/…/progressive-planning-prof…/

In sadness,

Peter Marcuse, Elliott Sclar, Ayse Yonder, Jan Peterson, Tom Angotti and Jill Hamberg and all of PN NYC.

—-

Please join us for a celebration of Jacqueline Leavitt’s life (1939-2015)

February 6, 2016 (4 – 7 p.m.)

Brooklyn Ethical Culture Society

53 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tel.: 718-768-2972

2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza; Q train to Seventh Avenue (and Flatbush Ave.), or F train to Seventh Avenue (and Nineth St.)

Please RSVP to: JackieLeavitt.memorial@gmail.com

2nd International Symposium – New Metropolitan Perspectives, Italy, May 18-20, 2016

January 1, 2016 by nrantisi in Uncategorized
Conference: 2nd International Symposium – New Metropolitan Perspectives
Where: Reggio Calabria, Italy
When: 2016, 18-20 May
Abstract:
The second edition of the “NEW METROPOLITAN PERSPECTIVES” International Symposium will be specifically dedicated to the main topic: “Strategic planning, spatial planning, economic programs and decision support tools. Contributions for a multidisciplinary integrated approach, through the implementation of Horizon/Europe2020″ (ISTH2020). The Symposium is part of the scientific debate that the University Lab “LaborEst” in partnership with a qualified international network of academic institution and scientific societies, promotes on issues related to the competitiveness ofmetropolitan cities and inland areas in least developed and developing regions. The event is organized with the aim to receive contributions from national and international scientific community on integrated development strategies and research according to the directions of Europe 2020 and Horizon 2020. The final reflections of the first edition of ISTH (2014) round table have demonstrated that the debate on strategies to effectively implement the EU2020 goals aiming at a greater involvement of cities and regions in the European policies is still open. The territorial cohesion policy at global and local level,including through the assumption by the Commission of the ‘smart specialization’, better known as approach’RIS3′, has led to controversial discussions, such as on the relationship between specialization and diversification up to question on the current role of knowledge and technologies to the European economy. In addition, the recent European documents, among others the Leipzig Charter, the VI Report on Economic and Social Cohesion, and EU2020, identified a number of major challenges, such as: the challenge of competitiveness, the knowledge society, the domestic and international accessibility, and the inclusion and social cohesion. In the contest of the second edition of “New Metropolitan Perspectives”, reflections are welcome on cities’ ability to implement metropolitan dynamics and to improve their competitiveness while exploiting the virtuous and synergic linkage between urban and rural areas.
The aims of the Symposium are:
1. Contributing to the international dialogue, promoting joint research activities according to the objectives of the 2014–2020 programming period
2. Stimulating the multi-disciplinary scientific debate on the new frontiers of strategic planning, spatial planning, economic programs and decision support tools, within the urban-rural areas networks and the metropolitan cities, best laying in least developed and developing regions.
3. Promoting an holistic approach, through specialized inputs, to resource allocation decision-making and urban/rural spatial organization.

IMPORTANT DATES
January 10th, 2016 Thematic Session proposals deadline
February 15th, 2016 Paper submission deadline
March 28th, 2016 Notification to authors
April 11th, 2016 Author Registration deadline
May 18-20, 2016 Symposium
Regards
Claudia Ventura

 
Dr Claudia Ventura
ASTRI – Scientific Association on Interdisciplinary Research and Regional Studies
ICOMOS Italy Young Professionals Coordinator 
PhD in Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage 
Curriculum: Project and Program Appraisal – Cultural Tourism and Heritage Marketing
PAU Department – Heritage, Architecture and Urban Planning 
Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Planner II – Urban Design (Temporary Exempt), San Francisco Planning Dept

December 16, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Planner II – Urban Designer

Salary: $36.28 – $44.09/hour; $6,288.00 – $7,642.00/month; $75,452.00 – $91,702.00/year

Job Type – Temporary Exempt

Application deadline: 1/4/2016 5:00:00 PM

Appointment Type

Temporary Exempt (TEX), Full-Time appointment not to exceed three (3) years. This position is exempt from the Civil Service rules pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104-18 and serves at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

There is a potential that this position may be approved for Permanent Civil Service (PCS) in the future. If/When approved as a PCS position, the candidate selected for this position will be required to participate, be successful, and reachable in the 5278 Planner II examination and then selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for Permanent appointment.

Introduction

The San Francisco Planning Department has an opening for one 5278 Planner II – Urban Design position to join the City Design Group within the Citywide Planning Division. We are looking for candidates with a background in urban design, landscape architecture, architecture or related field to work on public realm design and urban design policy. While the majority of the work will be focused on urban design-related projects, there will be opportunities for the successful candidate to participate in other projects within the Citywide Division.

The Citywide Division is responsible for the long-range planning of San Francisco. The Division develops policy, maintains and oversees compliance with the City’s General Plan, prepares and implements community plans, acts as the urban design resource for the city, and gathers and analyzes data in support of land-use policy.

The City Design Group is housed within the Citywide Division and performs the urban design function for the City of San Francisco. We are a collaborative team of urban designers with backgrounds in city planning, landscape architecture, and architecture, and our primary goal is to make San Francisco a more livable place through people-oriented design. There are five core functions in CDG: 1) Place making (streets and plazas); 2) Innovation and Tactical Urbanism 3) Design Review; 4) Urban Design Policy Development; and 5) Research and Education.

The San Francisco Planning Department plays a central role in guiding the growth and development in our city. The Department works with other City agencies and the community to help achieve great planning for a great city.

Our mission, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code.

The Department serves a broad range of constituents, including the citizens of San Francisco, community organizations, elected and appointed policymakers, builders, architects, property owners, tenants, and advocacy groups. All rely on the City’s General Plan and the Planning Code to achieve the City’s development goals.

This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally. We work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment with opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects and topic areas, both individually and on project teams. In performing our planning work, we work closely with staff of other City and regional agencies, the development community, and the general public. Community outreach and engagement is a big part of our work, and we hold frequent public forums to present and get input on our work.

General Description

Under general direction, the Planner II performs journey level planning work. The Planner II is responsible for conducting investigations and performing analyses to prepare reports and recommendations pertaining to complex planning issues and problems. The Planner II may provide project management or independent work on minor planning projects. The Planner II may perform supervised work individually or as part of a project team.

The essential functions of the Planner II positions in the Citywide Planning Division include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the development of long-range citywide or neighborhood plans and programs;
  • Assisting in the preparation, revision and updating of the General Plan and/or Planning Code;
  • Assisting with community outreach and engagement processes;
  • Preparing recommendations for Department, Planning Commission and other city Commissions/Boards actions;
  • Providing information orally and in writing to city agencies, property owners, developers, community organizations, the Planning Commission and the general public;
  • Interpreting and explaining legal, technical and procedural aspects of planning work to agencies and members of the public;
  • Conducting site and field inspections and conducting surveys and interviews to obtain data;
  • Preparing computer based and hard copy graphic materials;
  • Designing and preparing graphic presentations to illustrate planning and development concepts;
  • Conducting research studies and formulating recommendations to assist in planning policies;
  • Providing zoning and permitting information to the general public, including shifts at the Planning Information Counter.
  • Processing relevant planning applications and referrals, including: General Plan Referrals, Preliminary Project Assessments, and Community Plan Exemptions; and
  • Specific tasks related to Urban Design include: preparing urban design existing conditions studies; developing designs for streets and public spaces; designing temporary public spaces and developing innovative public space installations; developing and drafting urban design standards and codes for development; developing urban form models or other analyses related to building and city form; and providing design review services for development proposals.
  • Incumbents in this job code may be required to attend evening and weekend meetings, occasionally held in community locations.

Job Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND two (2) years (4,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in city, regional, urban or transportation planning, urban design, historic preservation, architectural or environmental review or other related field; OR

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional, or Urban Planning, or a closely related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Physical Sciences, Historic Preservation, or Environmental Studies AND one (1) year (2,000 hours) verifiable full-time-equivalent experience in city, regional, urban or transportation planning, urban design, historic preservation, architectural or environmental review or other related field; OR

Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in City, Regional, or Urban Planning, or a closely related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies, or Environmental Studies.

Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Strong urban design experience, strong skills in city design and place making, street and public realm design, and an understanding of built form is critical.
  • Ability to think and communicate spatially and excellent design abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, and responsibility and the ability to work collegially on team projects
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple projects and demands within deadlines.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=TEX&R2=5278&R3=066454

to register an account, and view this complete job announcement for application submission requirements.

Apply Here: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=TEX&R2=5278&R3=066454

In Memoriam: Jacqueline Leavitt (1939-2015), Professor Emerita of Urban Planning, UCLA

December 8, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

It is with great sadness that PN announces the passing of PN advisory board member and long-time PN supporter, Jacqueline Leavitt.  A true loss to the Planning community! Please read below about Jacqueline’s amazing contributions to the field, and look out for more tributes to come in the Magazine.

Source: http://luskin.ucla.edu/news/school-public-affairs/memoriam-jacqueline-leavitt-1939-–-2015-professor-emeritus-urban-planning

The UCLA Urban Planning Department mourns the loss of Professor Emerita of Urban Planning Jacqueline “Jackie” Leavitt who passed away November 27 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 76.

Professor Leavitt’s research during her decades-long career focused on housing and community development policy, public housing, and the multiple meanings of home, among many other urban and social issues. As a founder of the American Planning Association (APA) Planning and Women Division she is considered a pioneer in research on gender and community development. Additionally, her work brought to light the ways in which low-resourced populations managed to live, work, and survive in cities and regions across the globe.

 “I entered urban planning believing in its ability to support social movements through both rigorous research and ethical practice,” she said in a 2008 interview by Progressive Planning Magazine (http://www.plannersnetwork.org/2008/01/progressive-planning-profile-jacqueline-leavitt/). “In a country where rights are being usurped, and where the government has an ability to demolish public housing…, I still hold to beliefs for social and economic justice, and have tried to develop ways to bring those themes into my classrooms, not as an afterthought but an integral and basic goal.”

“Jackie loved her students, cared for her friends, had passion for her work and community activism. She was as comfortable inspiring her students to change the world, or talking at international gatherings for the rights of the poor, as she was holding the hand of public housing tenants and bringing holiday gifts to their children. We will miss her greatly,” said UCLA Luskin Associate Dean Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris.

An award winning scholar, Professor Leavitt was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study the privatization of rental housing in New Zealand and Los Angeles, and won first place in the “New American House” competition earlier in her career. She studied the impact of privatization on tenants living in public housing and led projects that helped community organizations reverse disinvestment in underprivileged urban areas. Most recently, she worked with UCLA Emeritus Law Professor Gary Blasi to study the working conditions of taxi drivers in Los Angeles, expanding this research to include women taxi drivers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

Professor Leavitt held both master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Urban Planning from Columbia University, where she is recognized as one of the school’s outstanding practitioners and a central figure in the feminist movement within Urban Planning.

She came to UCLA in 1983 as a visiting lecturer after teaching posts in prestigious planning programs at Columbia University, New York University (NYU), Cornell and City University of New York, and taught continuously in the UCLA Urban Planning Department for the last 32 years. Throughout her career, Professor Leavitt was a committed teacher and mentor, serving as faculty director of the Urban Planning Department’s undergraduate Urban and Regional Studies minor and teaching undergraduate courses in Urban Planning and UCLA’s Undergraduate Honors Collegium. Since 1999, she served as the director of the UCLA Urban Planning Department’s Community Scholars Program, a joint program with the UCLA Labor Center (a unit of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, IRLE), bringing labor and community leaders together with urban planning graduate students to conduct applied research projects. Professor Leavitt’s work “embodied her deep commitment to participatory planning, and both brought the university into the community and brought the community into the university,” said Chris Tilly, IRLE Director and Professor of Urban Planning.

The impact of her research and practice was far reaching. She served as a consultant to nonprofit resident groups, the Swedish Council for Building Research, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the New York City Housing Preservation and Development Agency. She also served on the Nickerson Gardens Community Development Corporation, which was formed to assist one of the largest public housing projects in Los Angeles.

“Jackie Leavitt was a fierce and stalwart critic of the systems and forces that marginalized so many. She was strong willed and articulate, and creative and innovative. That combination of fierceness and creativity is how I will remember her. She was one in a million,” said Luskin Interim Dean Lois Takahashi.

“Jackie was a long time Urban Planning colleague whose passionate commitment to social justice touched every aspect of her research and teaching on housing, gender, labor, and community development. She will be greatly missed by many of us,” said Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor and Chair of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning.

Professor Leavitt is survived by her brother Howard Leavitt and his family. A celebration of her life will be held in Los Angeles and New York (locations to be determined), where her ashes will be distributed. The UCLA Department of Urban Planning will hold a gathering in celebration of her life on Monday, March 7 at UCLA.

 

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