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Update from PN University of Michigan

The chapter at the University of Michigan has been busy this school year, engaging many University of Michigan Masters of Urban Planning (MUP) students as well as local planning professionals from throughout the Southeast Michigan region. So far this year we’ve done the following:

  • Passed out 30 back issues of Progressive Planning Magazine to incoming MUP students at the fall orientation.
  • Held an information meeting to recruit new chapter members, discussing the history of PN and our chapter, as part of a formal weekly career services speaker series in the urban planning program.
  • Invited students, professionals, and activists from the region, with over 30 in attendance, to a scoping meeting in Ypsilanti to brainstorm what our chapter wants to be and do for the coming year. 
  • Hung a series of posters posing provocative questions and asking for feedback in space devoted to MUP programming. Provided markers and stickers for students to share thoughts and ideas. 

This method has been a great way to promote the work of our chapter, raise awareness of progressive planning issues, get input into the work we do, and encourage more participation.

Update from the PN-Montreal Chapter

Planners Network-Montreal, in collaboration with Cinema Politica-Concordia will be screening the film, My Brooklyn, on Monday, March 17th at 7 p.m. in the Clark Theatre (lower level of the Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal, Quebec) For more information, check out this website. This film was screened on the first night of the PN Conference that was held in New York City last June. For more information, contact norma(dot)rantisi(at)gmail(dot)com.

PN-Montreal is co-sponsoring a talk by Lorena Zarate, President of Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and active contributor to Right to the City charter for Mexico City. The talk is entitled “The Right to Housing and the Right to the City: An Analysis from the Front Lines” and it will be held at Concordia University, Hall Building, (1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.) Room 1267, Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. For more information about HIC, visit here.

Update from PN University of Colorado at Denver Chapter

Planners Network is pleased to announce the formation of a new chapter at the University of Colorado at Denver. This group is student-lead, but open to all. Direct questions to the new chapter contact, mathieu(dot)menard(at)ucdenver(dot)edu

Update from PN University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

Welcome to new chapter members:

President- Jessica Kursman

Vice President- Scott Humphrey

Treasurer- Billy Lyman

 

Update from Planners Network-Manitoba (PNmb)

The PNmb chapter now has a local steering committee:

Sarah Cooper, co-chair; Kerniel Aasland, co-chair; Richard Milgrom; Christina Maes; Gareth Simons; Laura Rempel (U of Manitoba student rep); and Carole O’Brien.

The chapter has hosted the following activities in the past year:

14 March 2013

“Whose Winnipeg? A forum to discuss public process and city decisions”

Co-sponsored with: Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, Pnmb, OURS Winnipeg, and For the Love of Winnipeg. Panelists included Richard Milgrom and Sheri Blake.

“Opening a virtuous circle. Participatory Budgeting as a tool to reform public institutions”

Speaker: Giovanni Allegretti, Coimbra University, Portugal. Introduction: Shauna MacKinnon and Lynn Fernadez, Candian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  Panelist and discussion: Jenny Gerbasi, Councilor, City of Winnipeg; Erin Huck, Health in Common; and Kemlin Nembhard, Daniel McIntyre St Matthews Community Association.  Sponsored by Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDnet); Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA); Department of City Planning, University of Manitoba; Health in Common; Planners Network Manitoba; Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.

5 March 2013

Shift Change (Film Screening) 

Sponsors included: Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), Manitoba Cooperatives Association, Organic Planet Worker Coop, PNmb, University of Manitoba Department of City Planning.

21 September 2012

“Planners as Citizens and Activists” A Planners Network DisOrientation Event – sponsored by PNmb and and CUPE.

Park(ing) Day – PNmb had the first Winnipeg Park(ing) installation in 2008.  We have done a few since, but this year, StoreFront Manitoba has worked to coordinate the event as park of Design Week. Despite a bad, rainy day, quite a few spaces were realized.

20 September 2012

-Centre Space, Russell Building, University of Manitoba

Food for Thought – Armchair Discussion

-“Ethics in Professional Planning Practice: Whose Ethics? Which Ethics? Why? How?”

Peter Marcuse in discussion with Arthur Schafer, Director of the Centre for Applied Professional Ethics

-Evening Lecture by Peter Marcuse: “Is Professionalism Bad for Cities? The Role of Architects and Planners”

For more information about PNmb, you can email: plannersnetworkmb@gmail.com.

Update from PN Montreal

If you would like to join the newly established listserv: planners-network-montreal@googlegroups.com please contact Lindsay Wiginton, lk.wiginton@gmail.com

 

Partnerships for Regional Equity: A Planners Network Forum
May 18-19, Ithaca NY

This 2-day conference provides a forum to share strategies community-level planners, nonprofits, and activists are using to cooperate to achieve regional equity goals, even in the face of shrinking budgets and political opposition. Hosted at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, the conference will include planners, activists, students, and academics from all over the United States and beyond. Visit our web site for more information.

Progressive Planning
A Work in Progress?

CAPS-ACEAU 2010 Conference
Guelph, Ontario February 4-6 2010

The Canadian Association of Planning Students – L’Association Canadienne des Étudiants en Aménagement et en Urbanisme (CAPS-ACEAU) is a non-profit student-driven organization that hosts an annual conference for Canadian planning students.

This year, the 2010 CAPS-ACEAU conference will be held at the University of Guelph in Ontario, February 4th – 6th, 2010. The conference brings together planning students from across the country expand their knowledge and engage in discussion about urban and rural planning issues both in Canada and internationally. The conference offers students the chance to collaborate with each other and with professional planners and academics to explore progressive solutions to today’s most pressing planning challenges. It also provides the opportunity for students to present their own research, meet potential employers and learn about exciting jobs in their field.

Check back periodically at the 2010 conference website, http://www.caps-aceau.org, for updates.

L’Urbanisme Progressif
Un Processus en Évolution?

Le Congrès CAPS-ACÉAU
2010 Guelph, Ontario, du 4 au 6 février 2010

L’Association canadienne des étudiants en aménagement et en urbanisme (CAPS-ACÉAU) est une organisation étudiante à but non-lucratif dont la mission est l’organisation d’un congrès annuel national pour les étudiants en urbanisme canadiens.

Cette année, le congrès se tiendra à l’Université de Guelph en Ontario, du 4 au 6 février 2010. Le congrès rassemble des étudiants et des professionnels en urbanisme et en aménagement de tout le pays et facilite l’avancement du savoir sur les enjeux urbains et ruraux actuels du Canada et d’ailleurs. L’édition 2010 offre aux étudiants la chance de collaborer avec les professionnels et les professeurs d’explorer des solutions progessives aux défis les plus pressants de l’aménagement et de l’urbanisme. De plus, l’événement offre une opportunité aux étudiants de présenter leurs travaux, de réseauter avec des employeurs potentiels et d’apprendre sur les différentes options de carrière dans leur champs.

Veuillez consulter le site internet de CAPS-ACÉAU pour plus d’information,http://www.caps-aceau.org.

New PN Chapter at University of Buffalo, New York

A new PN Chapter has formed at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York! The chapter is open to both students and non-students. For more information or to join the chapter, please contact apblair(at)buffalo(com)

Update from PN Montreal

PN Montreal and Cinema Politica co-sponsored a film screening of “The Garden” (by Scott Kennedy Hamilton) at Concordia University on Monday, February 9th. The screening was held in a large auditorium and there were over 400 people in attendance. One of our local members introduced PN to the audience immediately before the screening and we had a table at the entrance with display copies of Progressive Planning Magazine as well as the new PN brochures, all of which were well-received. The film, which deals with issues of property development, political corruption and the displacement of farmers (primarily immigrants from Latin America) in Los Angeles, was a perfect way to introduce PN and its mission to new members. For more information about PN Montreal, please contact Ryan Craven (ryanjcraven(at)gmail(dot)com) or Yuseph Katiya (yusephkatiya(at)gmail(dot)com).

New PN Chapter in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A new PN Chapter is being formed at The University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada! For more information or to join the chapter, please contactpnguelph(at)gmail(dot)com.

Update: Kickoff, Boston Chapter, December 6, 2008

The Boston Chapter held its first public event, a screening of the film The Greening of Southie, on December 12, 2008. Twenty-five people gathered in the Cambridge offices of Livable Streets to watch this documentary about the process of building the first LEED-certified building in the working-class South Boston neighborhood. After the film, Zakcq Lockrem and Alexandra Miller made a brief presentation about Planners Network membership. This film screening marked the beginning of a series of successful events, including a community outreach program in Allston-Brighton, a monthly book club, and a recruitment drive during student open house weekend at the Harvard and MIT planning programs.

Event: Progressive Planners Panel, Saturday, March 29th, 2008
University of Southern California PN Chapter
“Transportation in LA”

Moderator: Lisa Schweitzer, Assistant Professor, USC School of Policy, Planning and Development

Panelists:

  • Joe Linton — Policy Associate, Livable Places
  • Angelo Logan – Director, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
  • Deike Peters – Fellow, Center for Metropolitan Studies and Adjunct Lecturer, Urban & Regional Planning & International Urban Management, Technical University Berlin
  • James Rojas – Project Manager, Metro and co-Founder, Latino Urban Forum

The 2008 Progressive Planners Panel, organized by Tim Bretz and Amanda Bromberg of the USC Planners Network chapter, was a huge success! The theme of this year’s discussion was “Transportation in LA” and the panelists presented the audience with stimulating thoughts and observations about this crucial and timely topic. The discussion touched upon issues of transportation equitability, regionalism versus localism, questions of health conditions related to transportation systems, and of course, Los Angeles as a sustainable 21st Century city.

The informal panel was held in an intimate art gallery in downtown Los Angeles. This flexible space allowed the dynamic audience to mingle with old and new acquaintances on a Saturday night, while engaging in an important subject with local and international experts. Planners Network offered Angelenos the opportunity for critical conversation through a welcoming format, and once again, pushed the progressive planning ideals in Los Angeles to a new level.

Update from New York City Chapter, November 6, 2007

The New York City Chapter has a MySpace page in addition to their Google Groups page:
http://groups.google.com/group/pn-nyc
http://www.myspace.com/pn_nyc

Event: Center for Community Planning and DevelopmentInaugural Forum, Advocacy and Community Planning: Past, Present and Future, November 14th 2007

Advocacy Planning began in the 1960′s when urban planners joined the Civil Rights movement to fight community displacement. Today advocates for social and environmental justice work in a broad array of disciplines, including social work, public health, urban policy, and the social sciences. Speakers from Boston, New York and Los Angeles will explore new issues and approaches to advocacy.

Sponsored by the Independence Community Foundation and Progressive Planning Magazine

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Update from Toronto PN Chapter, June 30, 2006

If you are interested in joining the PN Toronto listserv, include your e-mail address or send a message to Amy Siciliano at asicilian(at)graffiti(dot)net.

Event: Planners Network New York City Social, September 21, 2006

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 21st and join Planners Network at THE Premier Planning Social Night of the fall season! Do you believe that urban planning should be a tool for eliminating inequalities and injustice, rather than maintaining the status quo? Do you want to use planning to assure adequate food, clothing, housing, medical care, jobs, safe working conditions, and a healthful environment?

If so, come to the Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten from 6-9pm to meet fellow progressive planners and jumpstart Planners Network in New York and the metro area!

You most certainly will:

  • meet planners, activists, planning students, professors, and professionals
  • add to your personal and professional network
  • get the lowdown on planning issues locally, nationally and internationally You might find an opportunity to:
  • organize new Planners Network events or a chapter in New York
  • get involved in local issues

If we plan the night correctly, you may even:

  • demonstrate your spatial skills on the dance floor!

Please RSVP and send any questions to Keri Tyler (keri(dot)tyler(at)gmail(dot)com) or Josh Lerner (josh(at)linesofflight(dot)net). If you can volunteer on the 21st, please let us know!

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Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
7 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002
Lower East Side
Between Bowery and Chrystie Street
phone 212 253 7077 fax 212 691 3548
http://www.loreleynyc.com/
The social will be downstairs in the lounge.

Update from Montreal PN Chapter, May 5, 2006

On April 11th 2006, after five months of orgainzing, Planners Network Montreal in collaboration with Allego Concordia and several student organizations hosted a sustainable transportation fair and bike fair entitled “Spring into Gear!” at Concordia University in Montreal. The full-day event with emphasis on the bicycle featured several informative workshops, a photo exhibition, information kiosks by several non-profit associations including Velo-Quebec and Eqiterre, and a free BBQ vegetarian lunch.

The bikefair concluded with PN Montreal conducting a public panel discussion about bicycle politics, animated by Craig Townsend – Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia, and moderated by Melissa Garcia-Lamarca – Sustainability Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety, at Concordia. With about 80 to 90 people in attendance, the panel featuring Robert “Bicycle Bob” Silverman, Projet Montreal party leader Richard Bergeron, Montreal city councillor Michel Labreque, and Marc Jolicoeur of Velo-Quebec, provided various point of views on the challenges to using the bicycle as a sustainable transportation alternative to the “car culture” of gas-powered travel and on the benefits of learning how to turn our own wheels. The discussion provided great insight into the future of bicycling in Montreal, and in particular, the progression of planning utility cycling lanes, safety, security and the encouragement of potential riders – recreation and commuter – as well as the need to actively consult with citizens.

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Event: Disorientation 2006: Tour of Mill Creek Farm, September 24, 2006

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4901 Brown Street (Mill Creek Farm) and 3420 Sansom Street (White Dog Café)
Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 1 PM
Delaware Valley (Philadelphia) Chapter
Andrea Wong : wongam(at)design(dot)upenn(dot)edu

The Delaware Valley (Philadelphia) Chapter of Planners Network, based out of the University of Pennsylvania, will hold its first Disorientation on Sunday, September 24, 2006. The event will begin with a tour of Mill Creek Farm, an urban farm specializing in organic and sustainable agriculture, hosted by co-founders Jade Walker and Johanna Rosen. This will be followed by a networking reception at White Dog Café, a West Philadelphia institution specializing in local, organic, and sustainable cuisine. The reception will also feature guest speakers Laureen Boles, Philadelphia Water Department, and Josh Lerner, Steering Committee Member of Planners Network. This event will provide a forum for concerned citizens to discuss how food is produced and distributed to urban communities.

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Update from Toronto PN Chapter, February 8, 2006

On December 8th, 2005 Planners Network Toronto hosted a screening the French film La Haine (1995) followed by a critical discussion of the recent uprising in France led by Stefan Kipfer (York University) and Kanishka Goonewardena (University of Toronto). The event opened a space for an alternative, critical reading of the crisis in France that has resurfaced through the recent uprisings: it examined parallels and divergences between the situation in France, Los Angles, and Toronto, and it helped bring to light the central role of planning in both creating and sustaining such situations.

The event was held in Metro Hall’s council chambers and drew a crowd of approximately 35-40 people. Regular PN Torontonians came out, as did members of Planning Action, and students and faculty from Trent, University of Toronto, and York. PN material was distributed and sold and membership in PN was promoted. Many members expressed a desire to hold a similar event in the near future, and plans were made to meet early in the new year.

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Update from Rutgers University PN Chapter, November 7, 2005

After many years, Rutgers University in New Brunswick now has a PN chapter! We have held two meetings and we have about 15-20 confirmed members. I received about 20 additional positive responses to an informational e-mail I sent out two weeks ago. The chapter seems long overdue, especially since so much is happening right under our noses.

As you may or may not know, the City of New Brunswick (with help from the University and a designated private developer) is building and displacing and gentrifying and taking over the city as we speak. No less than 4 megastructures have been built in the last year, totalingover 1500 residential units….95% of which are WAY above market rate (studios costing $1800, etc). A new University Center is also in the planning phase, and it will include a 25-story residential tower as well as numerous college-related retail establishments. Little is being said about the displacement of an entire city block of long-time tenants (commercial and residential), including the only independent seller of university books in the town who has since sued the City – charging it with eminent domain abuse.

The Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers is ideally situated (it’s LITERALLY located in the center of this downtown redevelopment area!) to become involved in efforts to open the planning process to the community and those most affected by this “revitalization.” This past weekend, several of our new members attended a community planning workshop here in New Brunswick, helping to facilitate small resident groups working on a visioning process. Ken Reardon from Cornell helped lead this meeting which attracted approximately 100 residents.

The chapter is open to the public, as many New Jersey planners have sent e-mails wanting to be kept abreast of future events and meetings. For more information, contact Jeremy Nemeth, PhD Candidate, Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. E-mail:jnemeth(at)eden(dot)rutgers(dot)edu.

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Update from University of Michigan PN Chapter, May 12, 2004

The University of Michigan Chapter of the Planners Network began meeting in November 2003. Our group mostly consists of master of urban planning students from the university. Much of the time since our original inception has been devoted to developing a group identity. This has been a difficult process at times because it quickly became evident that our members possessed many different conceptions of planning and the role of planners. But the diversity in thought about planning has also been a great resource in developing potential activities and projects for the future. Our group decided to pursue some of the ideas expressed by our members to help form an identity. The first activity we participated in was to cosponsor a debate about a greenbelt initiative on the ballot for an upcoming Ann Arbor city election. We also showed the movie “The Sunshine State” and held a discussion about the planning-related issues it raises. More recently, we organized a discussion about gentrification. Many students, several professors, and an Ann Arbor city planner brought unique perspectives to the discussion, and it provided an opportunity to interact outside of the classroom. This event has been our most successful in attracting people outside of our group to an activity. We intend to hold another discussion before the semester is over focusing on a Michigan state anti-affirmative action bill and its potential consequences for planning in cities. We again hope to involve students, professors, and legal and planning professionals from the community in a discussion. Also, our group has been involved with the urban planning program’s open house for admitted students. Finally, we began a group web log at http://www.theotherleading.com/pn to facilitate group discussion and keep each other informed. We encourage other PN members to check it out and contribute.

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Update from Concordia University PN Chapter (Montreal), April 4, 2004

The Montreal Chapter of Planners Network began organizing at Concordia in the fall of 2003. Since then the group has hosted free film screenings on contemporary urban issues (such as ’645 Wellington’ a moving Montr?al-based documentary on the life of building and its inhabitants on the edge of the gentrification frontier), as well as two public events. The first, entitled “The Politics of Planning” brought PN’er Sam Boskey to deliver a critical analysis of his experience as a member of the City of Montreal’s Urban Development Committee. Building on the networks and exposure gained from this event, we decided that with Montreal’s new master plan on the drafting table (including a proposal for a new, signature ‘quartier Concordia’), we would provide a public forum to debate the hotly contested issue of pedestrianisation in the city. Entitled “Pedestrianising Montreal: C’est une bonne idee?”, the forum took place in March, and was hosted by CBC radio. A panel discussion focused both on issues of history, politics and equity, and those of the utopian visionaries intent on ‘reclaiming the streets’ from the automobile. John Zacharias, Chair of Geography, Planning, and Environment at Concordia spoke on the history of pedestrian environment, with reference to its discrimination practices. Richard Bergeron, head of the Montreal Metro Transportation Agency, spoke out as an active proponent of car free cities (also author of: Le livre NOIR de l’automobile); Sylvie Tremblay, Traffic and Circulation department at the City weighed the pros and cons from the perspective of mobility; Pierre Gauthier, Urban Planning at Concordia, discussed the importance of understanding the fabric of the urban environment before implementing pedestrian networks; Owen Rose, leader of community-based “Avenue Verte” shared their popular vision for a car free Avenue Mont Royal; and Wade Eide, local architect, presented selected case studies he did for the City on pedestrianisation. The panel presented to a full house of curious and concerned citizens and thus the question and answer period that followed was both lengthy and lively. We were more than pleased to learn that local newspapers provided press coverage and the CBC intends to air portions of the programme in the near future.

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Update from Halifax PN Chapter, April 4, 2004

On Monday March 8th, the Planners Network sponsored a community event in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Three planning students, Capp Larsen, Jaspal Marwah and Lilith Finkler, organized the event which featured four speakers addressing various aspects of progressive planning. Denise Allen, Dave Ron and Kasia Tota were all local personalities active in various aspects of planning. Barbara Rahder was a featured guest and PN representative who flew in from Toronto for the event. Denise Allen spoke about Africville, a Black community destroyed by Urban renewal in the 1960′s. Dave Ron described a sewage treatment plant planned for an area of Halifax inhabited by poor people and persons of colour. Kasia Tota presented a slide show focused on homelessness in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Barbara Rahder discussed the situation of women in planning and encouraged people to join the PN. Panellists commented on environmental racism evident in the decision to place undesirable facilities such as sewage treatment plants in primarily Black neighbourhoods. Discussion subsequently focused on organizing methods necessary to confront municipal decision makers.

After the question and answer period was over, people continued to chat informally. One hour after the event, many audience members were still engaged in conversation. At the end of the evening, a follow-up sheet was circulated. Over 50 people signed up, expressing interest in either further events or some sort of political action. Given the other meetings taking place on campus the same evening and the short lead time to publicize the gathering, the inaugural meeting of the Planners Network in Halifax was overwhelming successful.

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