Planners Network

The Organization of Progressive Planning

Publications and Announcements

Summer 2015: Latin Americas, North and South

Summer 2015: Latina Americas, North and South

Summer 2015: Latina Americas, North and South

The Seventh Generation

  • The Politics of Planning in Latin America and the Latino US
    by Samuel Stein, Clara Irazábal

Latin Americas, North and South

  • The Political Ecology Approach to Planning in a Global World: A Latin-American Perspective
    by Liliana Giraldo Arias
  • The Contradictions of Cooperative Institutions in Pindoyú, Paraguay
    by Kathryn Peters
  • Fighting for Planning for the First Time in Fortaleza, Brazil
    by Clarissa Sampaio Freitas
  • The Damage from Mega-Sporting Events in Brazil
    by J. Justin Woods
  • Call for Papers: Detroit, Fall, 2015
  • The Social Struggle for Public Spaces in Guayaquil, Ecuador
    by Luis Alfonso Saltos Espinoza
  • Yachay, City of Knowledge: A Catalyst of Territorial (In)Equity and Social (In)Justice in Equador
    by Juan Carlos Maquilón Tapia
  • Displacing the Dead, Disregarding the Living: Public Space and Cemetery Planning in Bogotá, Colombia
    by Christien Klaufus
  • Paradise Misappropriated: The Case of Touristic Gated Communities in Lyford Cay and Clifton Bay, Bahamas
    by Samar Al-Skaff, Nasr Chamma, Hanna Ibrahim, Alexandra Kallab, Christelle Lahoud, Andrey Levchenko
  • Planned but Mostly Unimplemented: Large Scale Green Infrastructure in Arid Northern Mexico Cities
    by Gabriel Díaz Montemayor
  • Diálogo on the Border: Planning for Latino Communities in South Texas
    by Edna Ledesma, Cecilia Giusti, Bara Safarova, Larry Vasquez, Esther Valles Rojas
  • Economic Restructuring and the Roosevelt Avenue Business Improvement District
    by Arturo Ignacio Sánchez
  • An Activist’s Response to School Closing: A Residential Teacher’s Village in a Gentrifying Puerto Rican Community
    by Ivis García

Members Only: Download this issue (2 MB)

Note: This document is a password protected PDF. Members should check the mailing label of the latest Progressive Planning Magazine, if you have not received one since you became a member, please contact info(at)plannersnetwork(dot)org. Please include your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address for confirmation.

Job Ad – Planning position, McCamant & Durrett Architects, California

August 27, 2015 by nrantisi in Announcements, Jobs

McCamant & Durrett Architects

If you want to learn from the best about creating, managing and developing Cohousing communities and you have the desire to commit to a twelve month internship, this is an amazing opportunity to work with and learn directly from Charles Durrett, the foremost U.S. expert on designing sustainable communities from the ground up.

This is what you will learn on the job:

  • Site search, project feasibility, negotiating property
  • Working effectively with a group
  • Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Building a Team
  • Project budgets
  • Public presentations
  • Working thru political approvals and entitlements
  • Construction management
  • Keeping a construction project on budget
  • Community Development Activist

Here is what you need to bring to the table to be eligible for this program:

  • Great writing and editing
  • A love of project management
  • A love of research

An understanding of marketing plus the ability to:

  • Use WordPress, Social Media and Constant Contact

If you already have skills and are excited about working as an innovative member of the Cohousing Design and Planning team and creating an exciting career, please send your resume to:

Thanks very much,

Charles Durrett

McCamant & Durrett Architects

Civicspark Internships, California

August 22, 2015 by nrantisi in Announcements, Jobs, Uncategorized

CivicSpark, a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change, is now recruiting members for the 2015-16 service year. Through CivicSpark, recent college graduates gain valuable work experience while acquiring technical skill-sets, building their professional network, and creating a meaningful and lasting impact.

Each year throughout California, 48 CivicSpark members complete research, planning or implementation projects that provide local government agencies with the support they need in their climate and sustainability initiatives. Members support nearly 100 cities, schools and other public agencies on projects focused on sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, climate action planning, adaptation, drought response and more.

Member applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the start of the program in October. Interested graduates and young professionals are encouraged to learn more and apply at


Tenure-track Position, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

August 4, 2015 by nrantisi in Announcements, Jobs, Uncategorized

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Faculty Search—2015/2016

The Urban and Regional Department in the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2016. Candidate’s specialization must be in Urban Design 

The Position: Candidates will undertake teaching, research/creative activity, and service activities in the graduate and undergraduate degree programs of the Department. Applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm for teaching and a commitment to taking an active role in shaping the department’s curriculum. The successful candidate also will articulate an agenda for continuing scholarship and service activities. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Earned doctorate in urban and regional planning or urban design. ABD status on the Ph.D. may be considered, but the Ph.D. must be completed by September 1, 2016.
  1. Professional planning experience
  1. Demonstrated potential for scholarship
  1. Demonstrated expertise in urban design with interests in one or more of the following: urban design theory, history of the built environment, land use planning, international planning, or environmental planning.
  1. Demonstrated ability to be responsive to educational equity goals of the university and its increasing ethnic and international character.

 Application Procedure: A completed application will consist of:

  • a cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching and research experience/interests, and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description;
  • a curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form, including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position;
  • a completed application form, available at; and
  • an unofficial transcript showing highest degree earned.

Finalists for the position will provide:

  • an official transcript showing highest degree earned;
  • three recent letters of reference; and
  • an in-class teaching/research presentation during their visit.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 13, 2015. Early response is encouraged. Please send all nominations, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application materials to, to the attention of:

Laura Fujimoto-Hernandez, Administrative Coordinator
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona CA 91768
(909) 869-2688 (voice)
(909) 869-4688 (fax)

For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Jerry Mitchell, Search Committee Chair, at 909-869-4656, or Also, please see the department web site at

The University: Cal Poly Pomona, one of two polytechnic universities in California, is a member of the 23 campus California State University system. Our student population of approximately 23,000 enrolls in 51 baccalaureate, 30 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1200 faculty. We recruit successful and career focused students from throughout California and beyond. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural, regions in the country, and within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The University is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.

The College: As one of eight colleges and schools on campus, the College of Environmental Design serves approximately 1,500 undergraduate majors and 190 graduate students in five undergraduate and four graduate degree programs offered by five units—the departments of Architecture, Art, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning; and the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. Masters programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning are accredited, and the inaugural class entered the Master of Science in Regenerative Studies program in the fall of 2004. The College maintains the Kellogg University Art Gallery, special architectural archives, art and design collections, and the Neutra VDL Research House in Los Angeles.

The Department: The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona offers two accredited professional programs in urban and regional planning, focusing on applied planning and research. The department’s programs emphasize interdisciplinary learning and linkages between practice and theory, taking advantage of connections with the architecture, landscape architecture, regenerative studies and art programs that are also housed in the College of Environmental Design. The faculty emphasizes teaching, enriched by research activities, professional involvement, and community service. The undergraduate program provides a diverse student body with an entry into professional planning practice. The graduate program, offered primarily in the evening, provides a professionally-oriented program. The department has 9 full time faculty and serves 60 graduate and over 200 undergraduate students.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university’s annual security report is available at The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.



Assistant Professor position – Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College, Los Angeles

The Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level.  The position will begin fall of 2016.

We invite candidates that support the department’s commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice and to a greener and more sustainable economy. We are interested in candidates who will teach some of the following courses: Urbanization and the Environment, Resilient Cities, Food and the Environment, Food Justice, Climate Justice, Energy and the Economy, Natural Resource Policy, and the Green Economy. We encourage candidates with degrees in economics, environmental studies, energy and resources, environmental science, geography, political ecology, political economy, and urban planning.

Priority will be given to candidates whose teaching and research are connected to policy and planning issues, and emphasize the links between environmental issues and racial, economic and social inequality and have demonstrated experience helping students evaluate and engage in community-based learning and research that advance efforts to create  just and livable communities.

Read the complete job description and requirements at All materials are due by 5 pm on Friday, October 30, 2015.

Planning & Project Management – American University, Washington DC

Position Number: 12344

Department: Planning & Project Management

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Work Hours per Week: 35-Exempt

Band: Team Leader/Consultant B

Position Type: Full-time Staff


Working under minimal direct supervision, this position assists the Director of Planning and Project Development with campus and facilities planning, space management, performance metrics analysis, and project development including programming, conceptual design, budgeting, and scheduling for renovation and new campus/facilities projects. This position is responsible for maintaining and providing anaylsis of the space inventory database, in order to document and statistically present the use, assignment and characteristics of facilities in use or available for assignment. This position will develop and maintain other databases as needed including classroom utilization and space assessments. The incumbent will develop and analyze plans and requests related to campus space allocation and make recommendations for educational facility space by both academic and administrative divisions and departments.

Educational Requirements:Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, interior design or other relevant field or the equivalent in education, training and experience related to construction and project management.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5 – 8 years of experience in architecture, campus and facility planning and, database and graphics software
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies and commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse organization
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve confrontational issues as they arise
  • Ability to develop and manage expectations
  • Familiarity with design and construction processes and with City, State, and Federal codes, ordinances, and entitlement process
  • Ability to develop design and construction project scopes, budgets, and schedules
  • Ability to understand architectural floor plans and derive statistical data from them.
  • Ability to use computer aided drafting programs (AutoCAD), presentation software (Adobe Photoshop), spreadsheets (Excel), and databases

Additional Information:

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

To Apply Please Visit:

Apply Here:

Spring 2015: Prisons, Policing and Planning

Spring 2015: Prisons, Policing and Planning

Spring 2015: Prisons, Policing and Planning

The Seventh Generation

Prisons, Policing and Physical Planning

  • “Negro Removal” Revisited: Urban Planning and the New Jim Crow in Kansas City
    by Jacob A. Wagner
  • The Poverty of Planning
    by Samuel Stein
  • Zone, and Zone Out
    by Javier Arbona
  • Is “Justice Architecture” Just? : From the Ferguson Police Station to the “Justice Center” to Human Rights
    by Raphael Sperry

Beyond Physical Planning: Policy, Education and Community

Members Only: Download this issue (1.5 MB)

Note: This document is a password protected PDF. Members should check the mailing label of the latest Progressive Planning Magazine, if you have not received one since you became a member, please contact info(at)plannersnetwork(dot)org. Please include your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address for confirmation.

Sawmill Community Land Trust, Albuquerque, NM – Executive Director position

Position Title:
Executive Director

Employer’s Name: Sawmill Community Land Trust

Job Location: Albuquerque, NM



Under the direction of the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and operations of Sawmill Community Land Trust, a membership based, non-profit organization with a mission to develop vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods through the creation and stewardship of permanently affordable housing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of policies set by the Board as well as annual goals and objectives, and financial, program, and administrative oversight of the organization.


  • Development, management, and maintenance of Sawmill CLT’s financial resources and administrative systems with direct responsibility for preparation of an annual budget, implementation of a fundraising plan, and presentation of timely reports to the Board.
  • Management and coordination of a variety of programs for the construction, rehabilitation, and management of housing, commercial and community development projects
  • Management and supervision of in-house staff, contracted professionals and consulting services.
  • Ongoing promotion and public advocacy of Sawmill CLT’s mission, message and interests to funders, lenders, partners, members, and the general public.
  • Providing information, guidance, training and support to the Board of Directors. 

Qualifications, Education & Skills Required:

  • Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to social and economic justice in general and affordable housing in particular.
  • Ability to develop, maintain, articulate and pursue vision of present and future potential of Sawmill CLT.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Effective organizational, time management and administrative skills; ability to work independently while motivating and supporting staff.
  • Thorough understanding of property development, housing finance, and community and economic development strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Leadership skills including effective public speaking, consensus building and ability to initiate community involvement efforts.
  • Ability to use spreadsheets, word processing software.
  • Ability to plan strategically and to assemble resources to accomplish objectives.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the community land trust model, including the role of stewardship.
  • Experience with community-based planning processes.
  • Affordable housing development experience, including knowledge of Low Income Housing Tax Credits and assembling of financing from multiple sources.
  • Previous executive leadership experience.

Compensation:  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, $50K – $60K, plus medical benefits and flexible vacation time.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, a resume and three professional references by June 30

Sawmill Community Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities and LGBTQ people strongly urged to apply



City of Bridgeport, Connecticut – Economic Development Associate

The City of Bridgeport, CT is now accepting resumes for the position of

Economic Development Associate

Salary: $54,816.00 – This position includes a comprehensive benefits package including a Retirement Pension administered by MERS (Municipal Employees Retirement System).

To Apply: Please mail, deliver or email a resume, cover letter and three (3) professional references (name, title, business/company name, and contact information), to the Civil Service Commission office, 45 Lyon Terrace, room 106, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Required documents can be emailed to

Resumes must be submitted or postmarked no later than Friday, June 26, 2015.


The Economic Development Associate works as the primary support staff person updating the City’s economic development strategy and planning the implementation of various economic and community development projects. Works in partnership with businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities to coordinate programs and projects. These may include: business assistance, physical development, financial assistance and resource development. Performs a full range of tasks related to assisting in the management of major projects and initiative for the Office of Planning and Economic Development.


The Economic Development Associate Acts under the direction of the Deputy Director of OPED Administration.


  1. Coordinate the planning and implementation of a coordinated capital access and technical assistance network in cooperation with public and private partners.
  2. Create and maintain a user-friendly database of economic and environmental information on potential redevelopment properties in the city. Assist in the marketing of the sites to private and public entities for investment and development.
  3. Assist with the marketing and administration of the city’s business incentive programs, including the Enterprise Zone and Foreign Trade Zone.
  4. Provide outreach services to local businesses as a representative of the city.
  5. Assist in the preparation of project budgets for state and federal economic development programs.
  6. Prepare reports and recommendations for public meetings. Attend public meetings as instructed by executive staff.
  7. Undertake project management responsibilities and perform related duties as assigned.


  1. A minimum of 3 -5 years of responsible working experience in urban planning, public administration, business administration, or real estate development is required.
  2. A graduate degree in business administration, public administration or planning is required and may be substituted for two years relevant experience.
  3. Working knowledge of business finance, real estate development, and city planning.
  4. Working knowledge of economic development finance or commercial credit is required.
  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate well with business owners, community leaders, bankers and government officials.
  6. Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel.
  7. Excellent written and verbal communications.

This job description is not, nor is to be intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions, responsibilities and qualifications which comprise this position.

An Equal Opportunity Employer MF/AA/DIS

For further information and contact:




TELEPHONE: 203-576-7103

Contact Us:

Call for Papers: Fall 2015 issue of Progressive Planning – State of Planning in Detroit

May 28, 2015 by nrantisi in Uncategorized

Call for Papers: Fall 2015 issue of Progressive Planning – State of Planning in Detroit

Progressive Planning, the magazine of Planners Network, invites critical articles about the state of planning in Detroit for its Fall 2015 issue.

Once idealized as an icon of American modernity, Detroit’s drastic population decline and high poverty and unemployment rates put the city at the center of many conversations from professional planning discourses to the sensational social imaginary surrounding shrinking cities. Historically, like residents of many industrial cities, Detroiters have faced displacement from state sanctioned mega projects, discriminatory suburban housing policies and uprisings in response to racial injustice. Though land values and population have drastically decreased, urban morphology continues to be shaped by the privatization of public land holdings and market centric solutions addressing primarily economic conditions of Detroit. The prowess of a city built and sustained by union wages of auto-workers now finds itself bankrupt and polarized by the increasingly conservative politics of a newly minted right-to-work state. Within this context, working class and African American Detroiters have found themselves increasingly at the margins of formal planning conversations. This exclusion is seen in large scale water shut offs, the auction of tax foreclosed properties to out of state and international investors, and the development of formal plans that aim to “right size” less economically viable neighborhoods. As a necessity, politically marginalized Detroit communities have responded through the implementation of informal, survivalist strategies such as urban agriculture, ridesharing networks and a scrapping economy.

Progressive Planning critically explores the politics behind the planning and their effects on sustainability and justice. We go beyond “best practice” models to investigate the true social, political and ecological impacts of both mainstream and alternative planning schemes. Articles must be written in a critical and journalistic voice. Authors should avoid jargon and present a clear point of view. Articles should be no more than 2,000 words in English and written for a general audience. Do not use footnotes or bibliography. Please adhere to the guidelines for submission:  Articles should be sent to Lisa Berglund at by    September 15, 2015.

Today, rhetoric that describes Detroit as dead or dying, stagnated and suffering from irreversible damage, at times obfuscates the active continuation of urban policy supporting spatial injustice and political marginalization of local communities of color through neoliberalization.


Social Media
Planners Network
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.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Popular Publications and Posts