NPC18 closed on Tuesday with an inspiring closing address, the final educational sessions, and the wrap-up of conference-long contests and conversations. Read our rundown of the final day of NPC18.
“We Have a Moment — Don’t Lose It”
NPC18 closed with an energizing and motivating closing keynote address on economic and social equity by Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of Policy Link.
Glover Blackwell encouraged planners to seek "curb-cut solutions" where helping the most vulnerable has benefits for all of society.
Student Design Competition Winner
Planning students and the sharing economy took center stage when the finalists of the 2nd Annual Student Design Competition presented their work to jury members and NPC18 attendees. This year’s competition, which is co-sponsored by the Divisions Council and the Student Representatives Council, was focused on the sharing economy.
Three teams, representing the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Cornell University, developed reality-based designs for a project site in Iberville — the former site of the last New-Deal era public housing in New Orleans. Their innovative designs used the sharing economy model to leverage community and private assets to improve the quality of life for residents as well as promote equity and foster community.
Congratulations to the winners – Cornell University!
From Vacancy to Vitality
Representatives from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Miami, and New Orleans discussed ongoing efforts in their cities to add density and economic development by unlocking the potential of underutilized spaces. The session focused on how land use regulations can be revised to encourage the conservation and reuse of older structures that do not qualify for historic designation.
Zoning for Sustainability
Panelists in the Zoning for Sustainability session used recent planning efforts in Pittsburgh as a framework to discuss zoning tools that planners can use to further sustainability goals. Pittsburgh rezoned its "EcoInnovation District" in the Uptown neighborhood to meet community goals of creating new green connections and open space amenities, pursuing renewable energy, and increasing transportation choices to decrease congestion. Panelists also discussed a Riverfront zoning initiative that, once approved and implemented, will better connect neighborhoods to the riverfront and improve air and water quality, while retaining the area's authenticity and character.
Data Jam Recap
APA and local nonprofit Propeller partnered together for a Data Jam to explore data around climate change. This exploring of data and analysis focused on specific water challenges in the local New Orleans area, specifically storm water. The group developed a resource for local citizens to calculate their flood impact. The site will be a great resource for the community, but another great byproduct is the dialogue opened between city departments, NGOs, APA, and civic hackers.
Corey Clothier, Technology Development and Deployment Strategist with Mobilitye3, reviewed the technology and use case cases for autonomous vehicles at the Tech Zone presentation stage. He believes that purpose built autonomous vehicles are the future. The best way to get started with AVs in your community? Clothier recommends making a business case for the application, conducting a feasibility study and creating a program plan.
Around NPC on Day 4
It may have been the closing day of NPC18, but there was still tons to do. Here’s a sampling of what happened on Tuesday morning.
See You All in San Francisco for NPC19!
Top image: A selfie moment at the "Share Your Experience" wall at NPC18. Photo by Riverview Photography.