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…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 2015 PN Toronto Chapter Update – Event on Alternative Housing Models: Community Land Trust? Summary: About 60 people attended the PN-Toronto event held at Beit Zatoun on June 4, 2015. The event…

Engineering Physical Activity Back Into Americans’ Lives

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

Social Housing in Bolivia: Challenges and Contradictions

…erived from mandatory housing benefit contributions paid by salaried public- and private-sector workers and employers, for the first time in Bolivia’s history these funds also benefit informal sector workers. (Only the 3 percent loan program is limited to salaried workers.) Informal sector workers, whose earnings vary tremendously, now constitute an estimated 80 percent of Bolivia’s workforce and are an important MAS constituency. This initially c…

Fuel Cell Futility

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

Progressive City Online Magazine

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

Palestine’s Problems: Checkpoints, Walls, Gates and Urban Planners

…n illegally-built settlements in the West Bank. They take exclusive Israeli-built and -protected roads to get to and from their homes. These roads are off-limits to Palestinians. This is one of the most developed examples of apartheid urbanization in the world, with separate settlements, separate roads and separate standards of living. The Palestinian commuters from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, mostly men over the age of thirty, are herded like cattle…

Online for Organizing: The Story of COMM-ORG

…careful. Second, true to the old Alinsky mantra, people participate in COMM-ORG out of self-interest or out of arm-twisting. I am still thrilled each time I post a new paper on COMM-ORG. But in contrast to the days of Wendy Plotkin’s leadership, there is much less discussion of the papers than there used to be. I have to use my personal networks within COMM-ORG to get people to read and actually write their thoughts on the papers. Instead, people…

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

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

War and the Urban “Geopolitical Footprint”

…argues that the very reason the United States is so intent on attacking oil-rich Iraq is because of the sprawling car-dependent cities planners have designed. (Seewww.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,877203,00.html.) Our Planning is Global Awareness of the geopolitical footprint of the city confronts planners with new priorities. We can no longer, for instance, see our professional practice in solely local, regional or even national terms; we c…

What We Do

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

Resisting Displacement and Disposession

…ember of the Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association We anticipate that some of the presentations delivered at this conference will be published in the online magazine, Progressive City: Radical Alternatives (www.progressivecity.net). RSVP via the Facebook Event!…

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

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

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…on. Get details on how to Join Planners Network For submissions to the new online Magazine, Progressive City: Radical Alternatives, visit www.progressivecity.net/contact (scroll down for submission guidelines) and email: info(at)progressivecity(dot)net Download the Disorientation Guide in the News & Knowledge section. See back issues of the former print magazine (including the last issue: Spring 2016: Fighting Displacement in Barcelona) in the New…

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

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

Four Eviction Tactics Used by Rio Authorities, and How Favela Residents Have Fought Back

…thwick. Source: http://www.rioonwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Island-of-homes-in-Beira-Rio-e1531319776658.jpg   As of 2015, the City of Rio’s own data showed that 22,059 families (an estimated 77,000 individuals) across the city had been evicted from their homes since 2009, whether in the name of environmental protection, moving people out of ‘areas of risk,’ urban upgrades and transportation infrastructure, or mega-event construction. Alth…

Artists as Community Developers

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

Anti-Immigrant, Sanctuary and Repentance Cities

…present. This is the case of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, which on 13 July 2006 approved three anti-immigrant ordinances: the Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance, the Landlord-Tenant Registration Ordinance and the Official Language Ordinance. These ordinances restrict the hiring of undocumented labor, ban landlords from renting to the undocumented and make English the official language (see “Controlling Immigrants by Controlling Space” in this iss…

Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy…Still

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

Public Housing Tenants Confront Deregulation Lessons from New Zealand

…an ongoing religious presence among the homeless, nonprofits and community-based-organizations are the exception. Baldly put, official housing policy is: tenants who cannot afford rent raises in high-priced areas should find somewhere else to live. Limited state assistance through a targeted income supplement is insufficient to meet the rent increases. This assistance contrasts dramatically with the state policies that helped many achieve the “Ne…

Embrace Abolitionist Planning to Fight Trumpism

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

The 2016 Olympics in Rio: A Community Plays Against the Real Estate Game

…hat residents request and upgrading this essentially lower middle-class, up-and-coming community, which has proved its ability to coexist peacefully with major events ranging from the Formula 1 to Rock in Rio? Why not be really creative and develop a model for all future Olympics bids to involve residents directly? Engage them as workers and welcoming agents and encourage small businesses to cater to tourists. Wouldn’t this be a more just way of h…

Integration Exhaustion, Race Fatigue and the American Dream

…as never really been tried, as most fair housing advocates assert. Separate-but-equal has been tried and clearly found wanting to all but the most diehard racists. The challenge, for all, remains the dismantling of remaining vestiges of discrimination and the realization of “truly integrated and balanced living patterns.” Integration Exhaustion? Race Fatigue? As Sheryll Cashin and many other scholars observe, for many non-whites, particularly Afri…

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

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

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…onversation among members after it lost access to its previous listserv (pn-net). In the meantime, please check out our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PlannersNetwork/?fref=ts or LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/67676 Finally, many local chapters have set up their own listservs for local networking and announcements. See the chapter contacts page for links to these local listservs. Member Organizations Member Organizations a…

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

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

Spaces of Hope: Critical Perspectives on Spatial (Trans)Formations Berlin,  September 11th to 13th, Applications due April 22nd

…researchers with backgrounds in the fields of sociology, architecture, geography, childhood studies, communication science, urban planning, and social anthropology. The centre is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and hosted by the Technische Universität Berlin[https://www.tu-berlin.de/menue/home/parameter/en/]; partner institutions include the Freie Universität Berlin[https://www.fu-berlin.de/en], the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,…

Planners Network Statement on the Israeli Wall

…Below is a list of Israeli, Palestinian and international organizations that are currently working to end construction of the Wall and house demolitions: PENGON, the Palestinian Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Network (www.pengon.org) Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (www.icahd.org) The Rebuilding Alliance (www.rebuildingalliance.org)…

Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice

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

Local Needs and Global Aspirations: Planning Choices for the North Logan Community, Winnipeg

…ay (C.P.R.) should run through Winnipeg. The location of the new rail right-of-way was located along the north side of Logan’s property that had been subdivided into small plots suitable for new arrivals with limited means (Logan Community Committee Inc. 1982, p. 5). In the early years of this century, no restrictions were placed on land-uses in the area and industry was attracted by the railway. Since the Second World War, most zoning studies hav…

It’s Housing, Not Public Housing

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

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

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

The Apartheid Bubble in the Desert

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

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

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

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

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

Melrose Commons, A Case Study for Sustainable Community Design

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

Transit-Oriented Development and Communities of Color: A Field Report

…r on Community Innovation, during the period between 1995 and 2000, the out-migration of low-income households exceeded 9,800 each year while the numbers of upper income households grew. Proximity to transit was a significant factor in explaining the pattern of displacement. Neighborhoods within a half-mile of major transit were particularly at risk of gentrification and displacement, suffering marked declines in the number of households of color….

Civil Society: A Challenge to Planners

…k Ridges Moraine. The province released a position paper, mapping out a two-kilometer-wide green corridor that could not be developed. This was a small portion of the total moraine and the restrictions could be overturned by the (provincially appointed) Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on appeal from developers. Over the past six months of debate on the moraine, developers have made their arguments based on “science and good planning” grounds. Citize…

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

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

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

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

America ‘s “Dietary Divide”

…of the 1930s brought us our own food co-ops. By the 1960s and 1970s, a back-to-the-land counterculture was accompanied by an urban organics movement that entered mainstream culture, the vestiges of which remain in the form of such products as granola, yogurt and tofu—food items virtually unheard of in America in the 1950s. In the last twenty years, as urban areas have experienced new reinvestment, the middle class has seen a visible rekindling of…

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

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

Assistant Professor, Environmental Planning position, University of Toronto

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

News & Knowledge

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

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

…alified applicants. The Yale Climate Change and Health Certificate is an 18-week, online certificate program that prepares public health professionals and those in related fields to address the health impacts of climate change. The program includes three six-week courses: 1) Introduction to Climate Change and Health 2) Climate Adaptation for Human Health 3) Communicating Climate Change and Health To learn more about the program, visit our website:…

Senior Planner, City of Stockton, California

…$6,896.44- $8,854.27 The City of Stockton is seeking to fill four (4) newly-approved Senior Planner positions in our Community Development Department. Successful candidate will perform work within all related sub-disciplines of planning, including current land use development, long range, environmental and housing, and lead efforts on revitalization of the City’s Downtown by contributing innovative ideas and forming collaborative relationships wit…

Eighteen Months after Katrina

…ad no books at all, not even shelves for books as of early November. One 15-year-old student caught the 5:00 am bus from Baton Rouge to attend the high school. “Our school has thirty-nine security guards and three cops on staff and only twenty-seven teachers,” one McDonogh teacher reported. It took two federal civil rights actions in January 2007 to force the state to abolish a waiting list for entry into public school, stranding hundreds of kids…

HOPE VI and the New Urbanism: Eliminating Low-Income Housing to Make Mixed-Income Communities

…ousing “transformation” hinges on a narrowly constructed argument that high-rise, high-density sites are inherently bad. Embracing the rhetoric of new urbanists (NU), transformation plans around the country are promoting mixed-use and mixed-income development at a neighborhood scale. In practice, however, they are resulting in the net loss of low-income housing units. For the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the CNU’s approach is…

Employee Stock Ownership — ESOPS

…P is a kind of employee benefit plan. Shares are given at least to all full-time employees who have worked for a minimum of one year. Allocations are based on relative pay (but with a cap at $160,000 or, in one-third of the cases, a more equal formula such as seniority or a lower pay cap). When an employee leaves the company, he or she can sell the shares on the market (if there is one) or back to the firm at a price set by an outside appraiser (i…

Over 160 US Cities for Peace

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

NKLA: Neighborhood Improvement and Recovery is Not Just for the Experts!

…ion system design. • Democratize control of public data. NKLA has come face-to-face with an increasingly important policy issue of the information age: who controls public data? By putting data from public agencies on the Web – and not charging for it – NKLA has at times been seen as a threat to revenue-generation schemes of local government. Planners concerned with public access to data should be prepared to enter this debate. • Demonstrate that…

The “Digital Divide” and the Persistence of Urban Poverty

…ced access. This CTC is the community production studio, copy center, cyber-library, self-paced learning studio, and telecommunication booth for East Palo Alto. Plugged In uses technology to help community members of all ages to access the Internet, and information that can help them find jobs, start small businesses, get information on health resources, or receive homework assistance in a safe place. This CTC works with other local organizations…

Townview, Texas: A High School Adoption Program

…their experience, knowledge, and planning skills. At the end of the “Hands-On-Session of Planning,” a graduate student volunteer, impressed by the presentations that Townview “kids” had given of their planning alternatives and designs, told them: “You have done in a day what we did in a semester.” He had participated in a previous course that had prepared the plans for the Tenth Street neighborhood. Evaluations of the program revealed the excitem…

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

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

Imagine New York: Bringing Diverse Visions into View

…experiment in participatory democracy. People of all walks of life met face-to-face, motivated by the desire to express their thoughts and by the opportunity to affect in profound and constructive ways the future of the region. Participants helped articulate diverse visions that, while addressing issues related to the site and Lower Manhattan, also addressed issues of community, social equity, education, culture and personal healing. These ideas w…

New Urban Planning for Neighborhood Revitalization

…erts. During that third visit it became clear that we needed to do more one-on-one outreach. Many people were suspicious of the process. Bad past experiences with government programs, university expansion, and outside consultants made people fearful and reluctant to work together. A variety of organizations, including numerous churches, were involved in a large array of projects in the community, but most of them did not know what others were doin…

REGIONAL PROFILES: Metropolitan Governance and Regional Planning Four Cities, Four Approaches

…The RPA is a non-profit civic organization working on issues facing the NY-NJ-Connecticut metropolitan area. The Association’s work is funded by individual members, private foundations and corporations. Working in an advisory and research capacity the RPA has created and promoted three long-term plans in 1929, 1968 and 1996. Areas of research include land-use planning, transportation, economic development, the environment, governance and social p…

Gaza and the Green Zone: Urban Apartheid and Occupied Territories

…e world are hired not as educational, ethical or civic leaders but as image-makers and fund-raisers. They are less willing to protect academic freedom when governments allege “terrorist” ties with faculty and students, just as previous generations of administrators hounded out socialists and communists. Progressive planners inside and outside the walls of academia should struggle to lower the walls and keep military checkpoints from throttling the…

Twenty-First Century Urban Renewal in Philadelphia : The Neighborhood Transformation Initiative and its Critics

…low interest rates and demographic trends among “empty nesters” and twenty- and thirty-somethings. Still, economists have shown that the city’s 10-year property tax abatement for new housing construction and rehab as well as NTI-funded greening of vacant lots have indeed helped increase real estate sale prices. The general consensus among policy wonks and the media is that NTI did not accomplish as much as it should have. Though the planning behi…

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

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

University Reps: Frequently Asked Questions

…d faculty. Where can I find more information? Check www.plannersnetwork.org for news and announcements. Join the PN listserv: http://www.plannersnetwork.org/join-pn/join-the-planners-network-listservs/ Contact chapters(at)plannersnetwork(dot)org with questions, comments, and ideas…

Previous National Conferences

…Speakers on Progressive Strategies for Rebuilding Our Economy 18 Community-Based, Resident-Led Planning Charettes in TN, AK, and MS View and Meet the Producers of the Award-Winning “I Am A Man” – a film exploring the 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike and Join of Discussion of Contemporary Labor Rights Enjoy an Evening of Music, Dance, and Discussion on the Role of Culture in Economic Development at the STAX Museum of American Soul Music (Just Think…

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

…rs to these questions have guided the development and implementation of a 4-year program that incorporates technology skill-building, service learning, civic engagement and community advocacy. Theme Integration Model Class Projects . We create projects that connect regular subject area curricula with urban planning and urban studies issues, concepts and vocabulary. For example, 9th grade students participated in one of the following projects as pa…

Mexico City Creates Charter for the Right to the City

…o City Charter for the Right to the City. More information is available at www.hic-al.org (in Spanish) and www.hic-net.org (in English and French). Figure 3: Key Strategic Principles of the Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City Vision Strategic Focus Content and Primary Objective(s) 1. A city of human rights The full exercise of human rights in the city Involves the realization of political, economic, social, cultural and environmental hum…

Planning Positions, City of Oakland, California

…020 Closing Date: 2/10/2020 Hiring Contact: Human Resources Department, 510-238-3112   Job Title: Planner III Department: Planning & Building Department Agency: City of Oakland Salary: $83,041.80 – $101,962.32 Annually Job Description: The City of Oakland is looking for dedicated people to contribute to the success of our community. The Planning and Building Department’s Bureau of Planning is currently recruiting qualified individuals to fill mult…

Urban Prospects in the Age of Obama

…flooded with federal initiatives such as Model Cities, along with new state- and locally-funded parks, schools and colleges. Even the local planning department pitched in, preparing the city’s first modern general plan with several dozen specialized elements, most focused on infrastructure. But three decades later, by the time of the city’s 1992 urban insurrection, the neoliberal worldview had firmly taken hold. This time the federal government’s…

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

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

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

…was being used to grow flowers. He then fleeced individuals in the new cash-laden Vietnamese elite and expanding expatriate community to pay for their houses up front. Many of them bought with expectations of speculative windfalls, not out of a need for a place to live. Ciputra’s landed gentry will enter their new community through a giant Baroque arch, where they may muse upon the glorious days of French colonialism. They can park their SUVs in t…

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

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

The Right to the City Alliance: Time to Democratize Urban Governance

…t political work of generating a theory that is both rooted in both the day-to-day struggles and realities of people’s lives and capable of creating opportunities for radical, long-lasting, social change. While the debate will continue, looking at RTTC campaigns allows us to begin to identify some emergent principles. Right to the city at its most elementary concerns the relationship between people and place. It is from here, arguably, that all ot…

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

…ich the service needs of different communities are not uniform? How can one-size-fits-all service be efficient when it provides too much service to some neighborhoods but too little to others? Efficient services are those provided in appropriate measure to a community’s needs – that is, provided equitably. The fallacy that equity and efficiency are tradeoffs needlessly complicates discussions of regional governance and planning. The misguided noti…

East St. Louis Puts Transportation Planners On the Right Track

…nction with the local settlement house. Today it is a 50-member 501(c)3 non-profit with a 150-page neighborhood improvement plan, an executive director, several environmental improvement projects, rehab projects new home construction projects for low-income families in the neighborhood. The neighborhood of Emerson Park has suffered many of the same devastating trends as the rest of East St. Louis, but in many ways has been hit the hardest by the d…

Making Tracks for Justice The Fight for Fair Transportation and Economic Development in Milwaukee

…ing project attempting to improve public transportation by building a light-rail system (“light-rail” refers to trolley cars that run on tracks on city streets) for residents of low-income areas of the city. They argue that because a majority of the poor and unemployed in Milwaukee’s central city lack cars, they need public transportation to get to where the jobs are. And in the Milwaukee region, most of the new job growth is in the suburbs. Looki…

The Growth Machine Goes to the Inner City

…portation facilities, all pre-existing investments that could reduce the up-front development costs of inner-city developments. • Inner city neighborhoods have an underutilized, minority workforce which will account for over 54% of workforce growth in the next decade. • Inner city neighborhoods have underserved local markets, some with substantial purchasing power. Inner city residents account for at least $85 billion, or 7 percent, of annual reta…

Zoning That Excludes Queers: What a Difference a Phrase Makes

…roposed changing the definition to include domestic partners. Here’s a play-by-play taken from the Minutes of the Pomona Planning Commission (Regular Meeting, 25 October 2000) highlighting the role of planning staff in explaining the issues and of commissioners in learning and establishing their positions: Commissioner (PNer) Urey: I would like to address the issue on the overlay zone of whether you can have a younger spouse or domestic partner li…

Mexico’s Pioneer Experiences in Participatory Planning

…ok the first urban proposal in Mexico with an ecological focus and with low-income groups through a broad participatory process. As an example of the extent of participation, the residents, with our technical support, completed a census of 100% of the 10,000 homes and 60,000 residents in the neighborhood. After an intense negotiation process it was approved by the government. In 1997, the first democratic election of the Mexico City government too…

Playing Out Democracy in MacArthur Park: Spatial Struggles in the Everyday Use of Public Space

…for the Latino population of the park and the neighborhood. Several Spanish-speaking television stations covered the event and one station sponsored it. Semi-professional teams played several exhibition games on the soccer fields, and the league played tournament games. Several politicians made presentations and awarded trophies to the winners. A grant was given to the league organizer to continue running the league. (Previously, the city had assi…

Race and Waste: Options for Equity Planning in New York City

…air Share Guidelines specifying criteria for the equitable location of city-owned and -operated facilities so that neighborhoods receive their share of the “goods” as well as no more than their share of the “bads.” However, the waste industry in the city is largely private. Private firms are responsible for collecting, hauling, and disposing of all commercial and industrial waste other than residential waste. Because these functions are privatized…

Planning in New York City: Walls that Divide, Bridges that Unite

…e mayor since 2000, is the 29th richest man in the country. He is commander-in-chief of a new downtown development boom reminiscent of the bad old days of Robert Moses. Through his energetic Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff, the mayor has issued several gargantuan master plans. These are based on a pro-growth economic development philosophy that sees new offices and apartments automatically meeting the needs for jobs and housing, though they will lik…

Participatory Housing Cooperatives: An Argentinean Experiment

…big enough that people can design their own space.” The solution has been 2-story-high “shells” within which each family can place rooms to meet its needs. Another challenge is knowing how to combine support for the cooperative groups with pressure to move toward true self-management. “Some groups move rapidly to functioning autonomously,” Pixton said, “and some stay dependent. Our task is to let them know they’re not alone, but the decisions are…

Venezuela’s Communal Councils and the Role of Planners

…Planners can be allies in the grassroots processes of empowerment and self-determination of local communities and active agents in the “trickling-up” of participation to upper levels of government. The Chávez regime is attempting to install a revolutionary government in which central state policies aim to improve the conditions of the poor, while recognizing the importance of working upwards from and with local communities. This ongoing transitio…

Stewardship Coordinator, Oakland Community Land Trust, Oakland, California

…er and counseling referrals, and home sales/re-sales Coordinate with OakCLT-approved lenders, local government agencies, and other possible financial partners to facilitate ownership for new and lease-to-own households Work with OakCLT staff, attorneys, and residents through the legal process of condominium conversion for permanently affordable ownership; assist in formation of homeowner associations and other necessary agreements related to commo…

A Sense of Place in Toronto’s Inner Suburban Strip Mall

…agined as stretches of big box stores with miles of parking, endless cul-de-sacs lined with similar single-detached homes, wide arterial roads and whiteness. Yet, over the past several decades, as white suburbanites have returned to and gentrified the inner city, people of color and new immigrants have been settling in the inner suburbs. Located at the center of the suburban experience is the strip mall. As people of color continue to populate the…

Planners Network Timeline

…ity 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 r…

Red Hook: Memoirs Of A Planner

…planning because they don’t allow for the integration of planning with day-to-day political action. They don’t take into account the internal tensions and conflicts that must arise along the way, inevitable consequences of the diverse class, racial, gender, age and other differences within the neighborhood. In Red Hook, the divide between businesses and residents proved to be the most profound and lasting. Other conflicts were generally dealt wit…

Planning After September 11: The Issues In New York

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

Community-based Planning: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric

…and regulatory framework. While these cities serve as models for government-sponsored community-based planning and development, there are many instances in local government where community-based planning goes no further than the rhetoric. This is no wonder. Democratic planning and decisionmaking not only requires a great deal more time and effort than centralized, “top down” planning and development. It also poses a direct threat to established po…

Controlling Immigrants by Controlling Space: Current Issues in Historical Perspective

…ame increasingly resistant to the exploitation of their labor in such a low-wage, high-risk industry, mining companies established active recruiting networks across Southern and Eastern Europe, constantly seeking a more malleable workforce. Employers also produced and exploited ethnic hierarchies in the mines to drive a wedge between employees and distract public opinion away from developing sympathy for the miners and their dangerous work. Worker…

Visions of Hope for People of Color: A Framework for Communication and Collective Action

…s, dignity, equality and freedom for their spirit. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down other-centered people can build up.” We should be outraged at the misallocation of resources at the expense of the most vulnerable members of our society. At the same time, we have to believe that this country – the richest country in the world – has the resources and the technological capacity to meet the basic needs, provide a viable economic…

Review: William J. Wilson’s When Work Disappears

…ighbors results from both media and real-life examples of non-working, high-living, well-dressed twenty-somethings driving expensive cars and frequenting chic clubs and restaurants. Their income may come from trust funds or lucrative enterprises, instead of drugs, but the message is the same: only suckers become grinds at low-paying, dead-end jobs. From this standpoint, crime is just another business, one in which – to quote Woody Guthrie – you ro…

New York: RACE, CLASS & SPACE A Historical Comparison of the Three Regional Plans for New York

…t significant cause of the increasing polarization of the economy into high- and low-income segments. The draft plan emphasizes the dramatic decline over the past decade in wage levels of high school versus college graduates: in 1989, a 30-year old high school graduate made only 68 percent of the income of a college graduate, compared with 88% in 1979. Consequently the plan’s recommendations seek to improve the skill level of the immigrant and min…

Support Activists, Question Capitalism

…seem so bleak, and concrete suggestions about what they can do in the short- and long-term. For those who are curious, my comments originate in a combination of personal and professional experiences. I have taught planning and worked in the private and non-profit planning sectors, and I am now a career employee of a large public planning agency. In this position I have learned that the actions of the public sector are – ironically – necessary for…