APA Interact May 19, 2021

This Week at APA
May 19, 2021
How can planners learn what the equity issues are in a community? By engaging with the community and community leaders in their spaces and neighborhoods. Jonathan Pacheco Bell explains how embedding himself into the community allows him to hear problems and see solutions to improve equity in the neighborhoods he serves.

Plus: Planners in Minneapolis used the comprehensive planning process and subsequent zoning reform to address the city's housing crisis and the racial inequities that helped create it. The new PAS Memo written by a Minneapolis planner, shares lessons learned, including six action steps for planners to take.
Member Voices
"A key challenge for the profession, however, is to move beyond racial equity as merely a lens through which to view individual decisions and elevate it to a primary driver for systemic planning."
– Paul Mogush, AICP
Equity Diversity Inclusion
AAPI Heritage Month

Asian Neighborhood Design is a community design center, which has been active in San Francisco's Chinatown since 1973, is an organization dedicated to putting the philosophy of advocacy planning into practice by helping with and getting residents involved in planning, design and development of low- and moderate-income communities. Discover more planning history via the Planning History Timeline.
From Planning
12 AAPI urbanists who shaped our communities

From architects to advocates, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders who have worked to help make great communities.
From Planning
Curbs are catching attention

"Poor Curb Management is Costing Cities Billions," Planning magazine's first story in the new multi-part Billion Dollar Curb series has already garnered a lot of attention. Read the author's five key takeaways about our current approach to parking and what needs to change. Governing magazine noted how important this topic is for state and local government officials.
National Planning Conference
Attendees share thoughts about NPC21

NPC21 was a "feast" according to RTPI president Wei Yang, FRTPI, who was "inspired by American planners' passion, determination, and creativity." Equity and race were central to many conversations around planning's role in correcting past wrongs. Several examples of web GIS were shared as an example on how to design better communities, as well as the approach planners and designers are taking to address the often-invisible threat of urban heat. The conference even sparked some nostalgia for 8-bit graphics through the virtual networking platform. See even more about what got attendees excited at NPC21.
Take the NPC21 survey

If you haven't taken the NPC21 survey yet, we'd love to hear from you on your experience. The simple survey should only take about 5 minutes and your feedback is invaluable to continuing to improve our events. Please submit your responses by Friday, May 21. As a thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day, we'll enter you in a raffle to win a free pass to NPC22 (details to come).
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Access NPC21 recordings

Great news! As a NPC21 Live Plus participant, you now have access to all recorded conference content in APA Learn through June 30. You also get access to the all the courses in APA Learn (including hours of CM-eligible sessions!) PLUS one more live webinar on June 17.
Influence the direction of federal transportation policy for the next five years

Both the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are expected to finish their sections of the surface transportation reauthorization — two of the most consequential for planners — by Memorial Day. Contact your representatives today and tell them what planners need most.

Get in the know on all things infrastructure with the Planners' Advocacy Network exclusive video series, This Week in Infrastructure.
Apply for an APA Foundation Scholarship

Apply for one of three available APA Foundation scholarships through June 14. APA Foundation scholarships aim to make the planning profession more accessible to individuals with limited means and to attract diverse, talented students to the planning profession.
Jumping into full-time planning work

Join the free webinar for students and emerging planners on moving into full-time planning work from APA's Student Representatives Council (SRC). Hear from emerging planners who made the jump and get tips from hiring recruiters, May 22 at noon CT. (Register; free).
Principal Planner - Land Use
City of Tacoma
Tacoma, WA
Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Community Development Director
City of Evansville
Evansville, WI
Historic Preservation Incentive Plan
City of Houston
Houston, TX
Master Plan
Town of Holly Springs
Holly Springs, NC
Community Area Plan
County of Madera Community & Economic Development Department
Madera, CA

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