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Cover to Cover: Planning as Caring, Managing Large-Scale Solar, Becoming an Effective Manager, and More

The Planning magazine editors review the contents of the March 2020 issue: from research into rethinking planning as caring, to an interactive map from the US Department of Transportation, to managing large-scale solar development, to a special "business of planning" article showcasing 13 strategies to becoming an effective manager.

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People Behind the Plans: Rezoning East Harlem, Rethinking One-Size-Fits-All Public Engagement

In this episode of People Behind the Plans, host Courtney Kashima, AICP, catches up with Traci Sanders about how she discovered urban planning, as well as influential projects she's worked on, such as the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan. Traci serves as the director of civic impact for WXY Studio, a multidisciplinary architecture, design, and planning firm based in New York.

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Cover to Cover: Uncovering Transit's Gender Gap, Preserving Texas Freedom Colonies, and More

The Planning magazine editors sit down to recap the urban planning trends and ideas from the February 2020 issue. Featured topics this month include public transit's gender gap (and how to close it), the Texas Freedom Colonies Project, user-centered planning, and the rise of nighttime mayors.

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Resilience Roundtable: Long-Term Disaster Recovery Planning in Florida

In this episode of the Resilience Roundtable podcast series, host Jim Schwab, FAICP, speaks with Julie Dennis of OVID Solutions about her experiences working all over Florida, both as an independent consultant and as director of community development for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Throughout the episode, Julie shares invaluable insights from working in a state that's on the nation's frontlines of disaster-recovery planning.

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People Behind the Plans: Erin Aleman

In this episode of the People Behind the Plans podcast series, listeners hear from CMAP executive director Erin Aleman. Erin, the first woman and first planner to head up the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, sits down with host Courtney Kashima, AICP, to talk about how she got into planning (hint: via an eye-opening experience in college) as well as the organization's goals around resilience and inclusive growth.

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APA Podcast Series

People Behind the Plans

Planners of every discipline share the impactful work they do. Led by host Courtney Kashima, AICP, these conversations illuminate the essential hows and whys of planning.

Planning the Autonomous Future

Listen to experts discuss how autonomous vehicles could (and should) fit into the public right-of-way.

Resilience Roundtable

Planners and allied professionals who make resilience their mission, even in the face of devastating natural hazards, share their stories and best practices.

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