What Had Planners Talking at the Policy and Advocacy Conference
Attendees of APA’s Policy and Advocacy Conference engaged in three full days packed with activities. They heard from thought leaders and participated in deep-dive advocacy trainings; they embarked on a two-wheeled tour of D.C.’s rapidly expanding bike infrastructure and enjoyed gourmet hot dogs in the Navy Yard neighborhood. Here were the events and topics that planners couldn’t stop talking about.
“The Best Cities in the World Will Be Cities for Everyone”
On Sunday’s Burnham Forum, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) previewed the Prosperity Playbook, a new HUD initiative launched earlier this year. The project identifies places that have had success building communities of opportunity through the expansion of affordable housing and economic mobility. HUD’s Harriet Tregoning, along with Mayors Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri, and Kasim Reed of Atlanta led the discussion.
Speaking at the Burnham Forum, from left: HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development Harriet Tregoning; Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James; and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Photo by Ben Zweig.
“Good Planning Experts Make a World of Positive Difference”
HUD Secretary Julian Castro stopped by to deliver an uplifting message, emphasizing how cities and regions of all types are using ingenuity and resources to meet common challenges, especially increasing affordable housing, economic mobility, and opportunity.
That was the message of Janette Sadik-Khan to attendees during the luncheon plenary. Best known for the work done by the New York City Department of Transportation when she was its commissioner, she discussed how to strategize, plan, and implement rapid transformations of streets and public spaces.