NPC17 Wrap Up: Sunday, May 7

Day two of NPC17 kept the excitement going, as more than 6,000 attendees made connections, learned cutting-edge planning practices, and explored New York City. Check out what happened in the Javits Center and beyond during the second day of NPC17!

Advocates, Assemble!

Sunday started with two back-to-back federal policy sessions. The Legislative Forum provided a deep dive into legislation and regulations likely to impact planning, and the Delegate’s Assembly met to help shape APA policy positions.

There’s more where that come from too — check out the full suite of policy and advocacy activities happening at NPC17.

Volunteers Clean Up DeWitt Park

This year as part of NPC17, attendees could volunteer to help a NYC park. “This was a chance to get outside and do some service, network with fellow attendees and contribute to the community,” said Jonathan Carey, AICP. Working today in DeWitt Clinton Park, volunteers cleaned the park, collecting 20 yard bags of lawn debris and trash. They also helped mulch the park’s various plantings. Another volunteer, Zia Brucaya, AICP, said she enjoyed seeing a non-tourist part of the city. All of the volunteers confirmed they would participate in future days of service opportunities.

Volunteers from NPC17 work to clean up DeWitt Park. Photo by Hannah Gall, Partnerships for Parks.

How Good Is Your Comp Plan?

As part of APA’s Sustaining Places Initiative, planners pored over comp plans from two municipalities, evaluating them against a new, integrated national standard for comprehensive plans. Learn about how the plans were scored and how the lessons learned can be applied in your communities.

Fighting Gentrification in Gowanus, Brooklyn

On Saturday, NPC mobile workshop attendees toured the Brooklyn neighborhood of Gowanus, where housing prices have skyrocketed. Planning magazine assistant editor Lindsay Nieman tagged along with attendees to the neighborhood where rezoning is both a threat and an opportunity.


Rockefeller Foundation: Resilient Cities

As the triple threats of climate change, rapid urbanization, and globalization exert pressure on cities, many of those places are looking to be more resilient. Participants in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Norfolk, Virginia, shared their experiences.

Planners in Motion (and Virtual Reality) at the Planning Expo

The Planning Expo was filled with attendees checking out the latest technologies at the forefront of planning practice.


Planners in motion during the Exhibitor Meet and Greet #NPC17

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APA CEO Jim Drinan, like many attendees, took time to experience FEMA’s VR Flood Simulator.


APA's CEO @jimdrinan taking on the @fema virtual reality flood simulator in the APA Tech Zone at #NPC17

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And at the Tech Zone presentation stage, a packed audience took in Sidewalk Lab’s presentation of their new “NYC Transit Explorer” visualization tool.


Conversing About Arts and Planning

Planners, artists, and placemakers gathered at SubCulture during NPC17 to discuss how to foster equitable development through arts and culture strategies at a special panel co-sponsored by APA’s Arts and Planning Interest Group (APIG) and ArtsPlace America.

Panel on the role of the arts. Photo by Jennifer Henaghan, AICP.


Planners tweeting. Planners instagramming. Planners snapchatting. And somewhere in between, they managed to learn something.

Check out today’s online conversation through our Storify, and be sure to keep using #NPC17 on your posts!

Top image: Planners explore the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn during a mobile workshop at NPC17. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.

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Dustin Calliari is APA's content marketing coordinator.

May 7, 2017

By Dustin Calliari