2018 National Planning Conference

It's Complicated: Placemaking and Gentrification

Monday, April 23, 2018 from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CDT

Location: 210

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188121


  • How gentrification and revitalization/placemaking are connected
  • Several key strategies and tools to address gentrification in urban revitalization
  • How, when done correctly, placemaking positively contributes to community revitalization


Across the country, communities are undergoing significant transformation — including vibrant mixed-use development, infill housing, beautiful streetscapes, enhanced bike and pedestrian facilities, and public art. Struggling neighborhoods are "turning around." But, very often, these improvements have the unintended — or maybe intended? — consequence of driving original residents and business owners out. The heritage and local character of the place can become lost or diluted beyond the point of recognition. It has become such a concern that residents in neighborhoods of need resist any improvement — a bike lane has become a sign of gentrification to come. How can we change this paradigm? How can we do a better job as planners to ensure neighborhoods attract not only new investment, but also significantly contribute to the quality of life of the existing residents? Be part of an interactive discussion as we tackle this important issue — exploring the problem and sharing strategies and tools to enable positive change.

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Session Speakers

Susan J. Harden, FAICP
Michael Baker International
Santa Ana, CA

Lisandro Orozco
Santa Ana, CA

Ennis Davis, AICP
Alfred Benesch & Company
Jacksonville, FL

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