APA Arkansas Chapter

Little Rock, AR,

3.88

(1342 reviews)

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. CDT

Waters Hotel Renovation Project

4

This was an enjoyable "hands-on" walking tour. A useful exercise in challenging the imagination as to how historic buildings can be renovated.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:21 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker

4

Some of the information was repetitive of other speakers in this conference and elsewhere. That said, Mr. McMahon has an engaging speaking style and the insights he gave late in his talk were helpful. I had not previously heard of "trail-oriented development," but the trend is an exciting one to watch. The example from Suisan (sp?) California, in which the city is using a new City Hall to leverage walkable development was helpful, as were several other cases Mr. McMahon cited.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:15 a.m. CDT

2017-2018 Ethics Cases of the Year

4

The first part required online participation. While I had an online device with me, I didn't know the password so had to miss this part. However this format raised my awareness of ethics-related materials on the APA web site. The cases were informative and useful for maintaining ethical awareness.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:12 a.m. CDT

Trail Projects, Partnerships & Implementation Panel Discussion

4

Useful background on trail-related topics. While the presentation rambled at times, the interview style also encouraged open discussion and plenty of questions, with informative answers.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:10 a.m. CDT

Predicting Impacts of Future Tech and Automation

5

Excellent big-view analysis. Planners must also be futurists, and speaker James Walden's presentation demonstrated solid understanding of developments in technology and economics. Nobody can know the future, but the style encouraged helpful discussion. I especially enjoyed his case that counties in Arkansas are a "19th-century institution," although one that will be with us through the 21st century.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:23 p.m. CDT

Trail Projects, Partnerships & Implementation Panel Discussion

4

Good information. Thank you.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:22 p.m. CDT

Predicting Impacts of Future Tech and Automation

5

I really liked the talk and found it relevant for planning in the future. Great work James!

Monday, October 2, 2017, 2:16 p.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker

4

This was a very good speaker. The session was interesting and informative.

Monday, October 2, 2017, 2:15 p.m. CDT

Predicting Impacts of Future Tech and Automation

3

WAs interesting talk with some good discussion about trends and impacts on Arkansas

Monday, October 2, 2017, 2:13 p.m. CDT

Street Improvement Projects, Partnerships & Implementation Panel Discussion

2

this was an okay panel discussion, but it was too much on trails, etc, since there was another panel on trails later.

Friday, September 29, 2017, 3:45 p.m. CDT

Predicting Impacts of Future Tech and Automation

5

This was a very thought-provoking session. I really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 3:40 p.m. CDT

Zoned in the USA

5

The discussion came across as very informed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m. CDT

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016

3

Was a good discussion, which we may need to have again after the session. There are still movnign parts in this, as was mentioned. But this is something coming and we all (in Arkansas) will need to be ready in a couple of months to address it.

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:49 a.m. CDT

Local Grass Roots Driven Cultural Events/Programs

2

There was some good information, but would have been better to give more items on transferability.

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:47 a.m. CDT

Waters Hotel Renovation Project

3

Was interesing to see a real projuct restoring a building and bringing back as useful use. The change in use and the keeping of the original elememts was interesting as was the process. It is valuable to hear from those that have 'done it' and hear waht it took and to see what they acheived.

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:44 a.m. CDT

The Built Environment and Public Health Panel Discussion

3

Provided a disucssion that we all sound be part of.

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:42 a.m. CDT

Zoned in the USA

3

MAde a topic one might not thing as interesting - interesting. Gave some good background and history that we should all keep in mind when wanting on 'zoning' related issues.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11:34 a.m. CDT

Waters Hotel Renovation Project

4

Very cool project...

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 10:45 p.m. CDT

Data You Hope You Never Have to Use

4

Interesting topic.

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 10:44 p.m. CDT

Multi-Family Housing and NIMBY

5

Great presentation.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:48 a.m. CDT

Multi-Family Housing and NIMBY

5

I found this presentation very helpful for application in my community. Thank you!

Monday, October 10, 2016, 9:06 a.m. CDT

Multi-Family Housing and NIMBY

4

General statistical information provided regarding housing trends.

Monday, October 10, 2016, 9:05 a.m. CDT

Improving Resiliency: How Can Arkansas Be Better Prepared for Natural Hazards

3

Good overview of potential natural hazards for our region.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 1:39 p.m. CDT

Planning with Economics in Mind

4

This is a normally 'dry' topic. The speaker did his best to keep it interested. It did provide some good items for us to 'take home'.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 1:36 p.m. CDT

Ethics Jeopardy

3

This was good why to present the materials and James did a good introduction. But the session was a little short. It needs to either be expanded or include more discussion throughout the session.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 1:32 p.m. CDT

Multi-Family Housing and NIMBY

5

This is very topical for us and helped provide some good background on what is happening regionally and national and how we as planners need to address the changing trends in housing.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 1:30 p.m. CDT

Improving Resiliency: How Can Arkansas Be Better Prepared for Natural Hazards

4

This session provided some interesting information on changes in climate and how this is leading to more extreme evens and the need to plan for these.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:12 a.m. CDT

Multi-Family Housing and NIMBY

3

I was required to rate this event to get my CM credits. I gave myself a 3 as the best "neutral" score, because I don't believe I should be rating my own presentation.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:09 a.m. CDT

Planning with Economics in Mind

4

The information was useful and insightful in places. I was especially impressed by Mr. Gross's point that retail developments can be over-hyped in the South. Governments can look at potential revenue gains from such projects rather narrowly, missing the extra traffic and related accidents, EMS calls, and even crime that poorly-conceived retail projects can yield. That said, the presentation lacked images and impact in the delivery.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:05 a.m. CDT

Ethics Jeopardy

4

Useful and fun presentation. Raises some issues with which planning offices must deal. My one minor critique is that I'd like to see more imagination into the kind of dilemmas that can arise; the cases covered in the ethical jeopardy game are good ones but fail to address the kind of internal ethical problems that can plague a planning office and obstruct its highest professional aspirations.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:02 a.m. CDT

Data You Hope You Never Have to Use

3

The main premise was that storm shelters need to be better logged into records for disaster recovery. People can survive a tornado in a shelter but, if the exit is blocked by debris, may be unable to get out. The program is a good one, but the presentation lacked depth or insights beyond the primary point.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 9:59 a.m. CDT

Improving Resiliency: How Can Arkansas Be Better Prepared for Natural Hazards

4

Some useful background on local climatology and how it relates to planning issues. I was particularly interested by the way Arkansas can veer into flash droughts rather quickly.

Friday, May 27, 2016, 3:49 p.m. CDT

Tactical Urbanism : Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change

4

This was an energetic and engaging introduction to Tactical Urbanism. In a time of political deadlock and government stringency, tactical urbanism is a way to "aim big" but work with the tools at hand. My one critique is simply that professional planners have an ethical obligation to avoid the kind of well-intended but partisan rabble-rousing that actually gets things done via tactical urbanism. Still, it's useful to know the latest trends in the profession. A new buzzword, social entrepreneurship, runs mostly parallel with tactical urbanism and may point toward a future in which planning is more organic, and less formal, than the too-often unimaginative regulatory / governmental planning of the past.

Friday, May 27, 2016, 3:42 p.m. CDT

Walking Tour of Downtown Conway, Arkansas

3

Limited by the need to present materials via PowerPoint on a rainy afternoon, but this was a useful update on Conway and its generally innovative and promising approach to planning.

Friday, May 27, 2016, 3:38 p.m. CDT

Creating a Destination Community: Hot Springs Village Placemaking

4

This one genuinely surprised me. David Twiggs definitely doesn't mince words, a refreshing twist. Hot Springs Village is taking a turn away from its isolated, golf-course community approach and working toward place-making. As he pointed out, traditional retirement communities are designed not for twilight-years joy, but rather for isolation and depression. In remedying this, Twiggs hopes to diversify housing and lifestyle choices while bringing in more retail development. A refreshing and useful update on a community whose future may be in doubt.

Friday, May 27, 2016, 3:32 p.m. CDT

Reed Case & Implications of the Arkansas Takings Law

4

Intense but fascinating. In today's turbulent, politically-charged legal atmosphere, all bets are off on the future of sign regulation. It's easy to claim that regulation of content should be strictly curtailed but much harder to implement, with ramifications that could turn the Supreme Court into a "Supreme board of sign review," as Justice Kagan acidly put it in her dissent. The update on Arkansas takings legislation was useful and probably more relevant for day-to-day planning. So far Arkansas has avoided the dangerous plunge Arizona has made, in which planning regulation is nearly impossible, with consequences hard to foresee.

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 9:32 a.m. CDT

Tactical Urbanism : Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change

5

I bought the book--so you know it was great...

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 9:31 a.m. CDT

Creating a Destination Community: Hot Springs Village Placemaking

5

Great insights into the community as a product and its positioning/repositioning in the marketplace.

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 9:27 a.m. CDT

Reed Case & Implications of the Arkansas Takings Law

5

Timely

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 9:17 a.m. CDT

Tactical Urbanism : Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change

4

Was a good presentation event with the projector problems. He gave some good ideas on how to advanace some projects and efforts.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 9:15 a.m. CDT

Creating a Destination Community: Hot Springs Village Placemaking

3

He was an good speaker and provided a look at planning and devleomnet for a non-public sector view which was helpful. He also gave some good examples which could be tried in our local efforts.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 9:13 a.m. CDT

Reed Case & Implications of the Arkansas Takings Law

4

This was interesting and included information both on the supreme court sign issue but also Arkansas' new taking law. Was a good exchange and we were informed about up-coming information the League will put out to help us with our local reviews and future ordinance writing.

Monday, March 14, 2016, 1:47 p.m. CDT

Creating a Destination Community: Hot Springs Village Placemaking

4

Interesting take on the subject.

Friday, March 11, 2016, 2:28 p.m. CST

Creating a Destination Community: Hot Springs Village Placemaking

5

Interesting update on new peacemaking endeavors in Hot Springs Village.

Friday, March 11, 2016, 2:27 p.m. CST

Reed Case & Implications of the Arkansas Takings Law

5

Very good overview of case and its ramifications.

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