APA Interact February 27, 2019

People Behind the Plans: Trevor Dick, AICP

Trevor Dick's sense of fun pervades the new episode of our People Behind the Plans podcast series. He reveals his favorite pop-culture planning references and regales host Courtney Kashima, AICP, with stories of public meetings gone awry.

Trevor, who is Director of Development Strategy and Facilitation in Aurora, Illinois, talks about the city's revitalization of Fox Valley Mall — part of Illinois's second-biggest retail hub — and plans for a downtown International Marketplace District that will offer inclusive space for all residents. He praises the city's diverse workforce and his staff's efforts to hear every resident's voice as they work to make positive change.
This series is also available on APA's podcasts page, SoundCloud, iTunes, and Stitcher.
Planner Profile: Marccus Hendricks, PhD

Marccus Hendricks is an assistant professor of Urban Studies and Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland. His research and practice are rooted in environmental justice and how infrastructure, environmental outcomes, and neighborhood forces interact to affect everyday life. Read more Planner Profiles.
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From APA's Planning History Timeline

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson created the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a cabinet-level agency. Robert C. Weaver, the first HUD secretary, was also the first African American ever appointed to a cabinet position. HUD's mission is to ensure equal access to housing and community-based employment opportunities and to fund new housing, public housing, and housing rehabilitation projects. The department also insures mortgages, protects consumers, and finances planning projects.
In 1966, Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at a rally in Soldier Field in Chicago in support of the Chicago Freedom Movement. The movement was aimed at eliminating racially discriminatory practices in the city, including housing issues like mortgage and loan discrimination. The next day, King presented a list of demands to Mayor Richard J. Daley, who was hostile to the movement. Daley eventually agreed to collaborate on an open-housing agreement, which is considered a forerunner to the Civil Rights Act of 1968, but King continually criticized Daley for not acting on the agreement.

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Share your expertise with colleagues by reviewing resumes at the NPC19 Resume Clinic. Each review takes about 20 minutes, and volunteer reviewers sign up for 1.5- to 3-hour sessions. Last year, volunteers helped hundreds of planners at this popular career clinic. The sign-up deadline is extended to March 11.
Texas disaster recovery projects

Six disaster-recovery projects — supported by $78,000 in grants awarded by the APA Foundation and aided by Community Planning Assistance Teams — are under way in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas. All are on track to be completed by September. Read just-posted updates on the projects in progress in Rockport and Wharton, Texas.

"Restoring East Market Street" in the February issue of Planning tells the story of APA's first CPAT project (in Greensboro, North Carolina) and its aftermath.
APA leaders' winter retreat

Earlier this month, APA leaders convened in Savannah for their annual winter retreat. The APA Board and AICP Commission reviewed a prioritized list of strategic issues facing the association and the planning profession. Both bodies will apply a knowledge-based governing process to vet and discuss these issues in detail at future meetings.

Leaders reviewed the Education Blueprint and will proceed with its recommendations. The Social Equity Task Force and leaders of APA components highlighted activities related to the association's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

lso, the APA Board of Directors
  • Identified items in APA's Development Plan as "strategic" or "operational." The Board will focus on strategic items while many of the operational items will be addressed by APA staff.
  • Formed a new work group on infrastructure that will explore how APA can influence infrastructure investments in all communities, with special consideration given to the types, amounts, and locations of investments.

The AICP Commission

  • Approved updated criteria for certification, which is laid out in the AICP application. These criteria will be outlined in the application for individuals who intend to sit for the November 2019 AICP Certification Exam. A revised AICP Guide, Part 1 will help individual planners understand how their experience relates to certification criteria.
  • Reviewed a draft paper on how the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct could most effectively address planning's professional ethics and equity challenges and opportunities. The Commission will review the completed paper in September. Later, a task force will recommend changes to the code, based on the Commission's direction, that will be subject to a comment period open to all APA members.
New! March 12 – "Planning for Pedestrian Safety: Leveraging FHWA Resources and Local Partnerships to Improve Pedestrian Crossings" webinar hosted by the Federal Highway Administration. Panelists include Sagar Shaw, AICP, PhD, manager of APA's Planning and Community Health Center (free; register) CM l 1.0

March 21 – "How Land Use and Natural Resource Regulations are Shaping the Legal Cannabis Industry" webinar hosted by the APA Planning and Law Division (registration required) CM l 1.5 | Law
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Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

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Suggest a Great Place in America

Use our online form to suggest a 2019 Great Place in America. APA will announce this year's designees during the Planning and Advocacy Conference in September. The suggestion window is open through April 17.
Land Economics Foundation grants

The Land Economics Foundation of Lambda Alpha International invites proposals that advance the field of land economics from qualified individuals, publications, nonprofits, and institutions. Grants can be applied to planning projects and typically range from $5,000 to $30,000.

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