APA National Capital Area Chapter

Rockville, MD,

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 11:17 a.m. CDT

Automated Transport: Today and Tomorrow

5

Wonderful information on how to prepare for autonomous vehicles.

Friday, May 18, 2018, 2:34 p.m. CDT

PLEANARY: Park Rx America: A Prescription for Health through Outdoor Settings

3

I understand that some of Dr. Zarr's is unusual and could be innovative - though it also seems to practical and therefore obvious -- Get healthier by improving your connections to Nature! Actively and Consciously... He also offered three books for future reference: The Nature Principle / The Nature Fix / and The Biophilia Hypothesis. I always appreciate presenters who provide ways to follow up and explore a topic on your own.

Friday, May 18, 2018, 2:20 p.m. CDT

Inclusivity through Philanthropy

3

I was honored to have a chance to present information about the Cleveland Foundation's Neighborhood Connections Program. I hope the event attendees and any future viewers find insights and useful information to utilize for their respective communities.

Friday, May 18, 2018, 1:52 p.m. CDT

Inclusivity through Public Spaces

4

This was both and instructional and entertaining / thought-provoking set of presentations. There were multiple presenters (more than listed individually below) - and their separate presentations did serve to reinforce common themes and messages about the ancillary and beneficial impacts of public art.

Friday, May 18, 2018, 1:47 p.m. CDT

Real-Time Data

3

Though the focus examples were drawn from work in the Metro DC / Washington DC area, I did find some applicability for use elsewhere (I was a visiting speaker from out of state). Presentation material focused on future visioning and use of 3-D / virtual modeling of projects on site, with the aid of, say, a tablet taken to the site - this was intriguing. In a future era, such tools could become more commonplace in less resourced communities - that would be welcome.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 10:06 a.m. CDT

The Purple Line and Economic Growth

5

A fascinating history of the Purple Line from the people that started it in the 1970s.

Monday, May 14, 2018, 10:06 p.m. CDT

Identifying and Improving Health-Challenged Communities

5

It was a great presentation!

Monday, May 14, 2018, 10:04 p.m. CDT

Brick and Mortar Retail in the Internet Age

5

Fantastic!

Monday, May 14, 2018, 10 p.m. CDT

Health and Infrastructure

3

Interesting but the monitor kept breaking

Monday, May 14, 2018, 9:58 p.m. CDT

Brick and Mortar Retail in the Internet Age

5

This was my favorite presentation, the speakers talked about the trends and future of retail. Great conversation!

Monday, May 14, 2018, 9:57 p.m. CDT

PLENARY: Making the Planning Process More Inclusive

5

It was so interesting to have these experienced speaker brainstorming about making the planning process more inclusive

Friday, May 11, 2018, 12:38 p.m. CDT

PLEANARY: Park Rx America: A Prescription for Health through Outdoor Settings

5

Very thought provoking and inspiring. I’m ready to go outside now.

Friday, May 11, 2018, 11:41 a.m. CDT

The Purple Line and Economic Growth

4

Very interesting. Thank you!

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:41 p.m. CDT

Automated Transport: Today and Tomorrow

4

With the technical problems solved with the room, the three well informed and innovative speakers really shined.

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:39 p.m. CDT

Health and Infrastructure

4

Technical problems with the room made it difficult but the enthusiasm of the presenters overcome the problems.

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:35 p.m. CDT

Brick and Mortar Retail in the Internet Age

4

The technical problems with the room did not help the presentation.

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:34 p.m. CDT

PLENARY: Making the Planning Process More Inclusive

4

It was great to finally see Roger Lewis speak.

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 1:29 p.m. CDT

PLENARY: Making the Planning Process More Inclusive

2

Not a fan of the panel discussion. Roger Lewis’ discussion not much oriented to inclusivity but planning as a whole

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 4:43 p.m. CST

MOBILE: Building a Separated Bike Lane Network in Silver Spring: Lessons Learned and Plans for the Future

5

Great stuff - some very cutting edge protected bike lane/bus stop designs.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 4:41 p.m. CST

Making Tactical Urbanism Work on a Small Scale

5

Topical, well done workshop on using inexpensive materials to create temporary versions of proposed designs on site. Interactive, memorable.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 4:37 p.m. CST

Driverless Vehicles and Planning: Potentials and Pitfalls

3

More emphasis on pitfalls than potentials.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 4:34 p.m. CST

Keeping the Big Idea Alive: North Potomac Yard - Alexandria

4

Good discussion of a complex infill project. Lesson - need to manage lease terms on temporary uses.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 11:01 a.m. CST

Ethics Case of the Year

5

This was an interactive session and I found it more interesting than past Ethics sessions. The instructors were funny when discussing the case studies and the participants were engaged.

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 7:46 p.m. CST

The Resilient Woman: The Case of Howard University’s Architecture and Planning Graduates

2

I thought the content of this presentation wasn't strong enough.

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 7:44 p.m. CST

Integrating Resilience into DC's Comprehensive Plan

5

This was an excellent presentation. It looked at different scales and level of implementation in the Anacostia waterfront

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 7:37 p.m. CST

SHORTS: Innovating in Tech and Transportation

5

This was an excellent format

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:43 p.m. CDT

Public Art Ecosystems: Artpreneurs in the Development Community

4

Each of the presenters represented fascinating areas of expertise. I just wished their presentations were longer, instead of leaving the majority of the session for discussion. For example, I would have loved to learn more about Reston's Public Art Master Plan, or more examples of Anne L'Ecuyer's work with Arts on the Block.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:49 a.m. CDT

MOBILE: K Street/Water Street Connectivity Enhancements - Walking the Design

5

Will was great!

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:48 a.m. CDT

South Capitol Street: Planning Civic Washington in the 21st Century

5

Great history and look forward!

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:46 a.m. CDT

Keeping the Big Idea Alive: North Potomac Yard - Alexandria

5

Super presentation!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 9:33 p.m. CDT

100 miles of BRT: Using Effective Engagement to Create a BRT Network in Montgomery County

3

Perhaps my expectations were too high. I found this course somewhat disappointing. Putting in place a BRT system in Montgomery County, MD is very important not only to Montgomery County, but also to the entire Metropolitan Washington Area so as to serve as a model as to what can be done with a 100 mile BRT system throughout the county, with possible adaptation throughout the Washington Region. There was some discussion of how the 100 mile system would come about in Montgomery County , but most of the time was spent on a specific technique of gathering information from various audiences in Montgomery County. This was done by dividing the AICP credit audience on Oct 27 into working groups of five to seven people each and then asking the group how each got to the Georgetown Learning Center that day, October 27, and the problems ensued in that journey. That might have worked quite well in Montgomery County for focus groups which have little knowledge in urban or transportation planning. However, I don't think this gained very much good knowledge for experienced urban planners trying to earn AICP certification credits. Perhaps it would be good for a beginning methods course in planning school. Again, however, maybe I was trying to learn too much from this session concerning the proposed 100 mile BRT system in Montgomery County, and in this sense, I may be wrong in my evaluation. Nevertheless, the above is my take of this particular AICP Certification Credit Course. Lee Schoenecker

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 9:07 p.m. CDT

Ethics Case of the Year

5

This was an excellent ethics course. It centered around five to six case studies, a very well developed set of bullet questions (clear and informative), and perhaps most important a discussion with the audience of 75-100 concerning the case studies. The three moderators did an excellent job of evoking provocative discussion from the audience. One of the themes which came up quite often and the three moderators helped to evoke this response was that each case study had several different angles, the issue of perception to the public given the decisions growing out of the case studies was important. While each of the three moderators were very good in working with the audience, I thought that Glen Larson was the widest ranging and correct in this particular course. For example, he gave an example of having recently been at a conference of the Association of College Schools of Planning (probably the wrong name). One of the member at this latter conference suggested to him that the AICP and APA should be doing more to help planner in both their early formal education and their continuing education to prepare for the increased use of social media in the professional practice of urban and regional planning. Again, this was an excellent ethics course. Lee Schoenecker

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 8:35 p.m. CDT

Making Elephants Dance; Lessons from Franklin Park

4

This was a very good session and it suggested a close working relationship between the National Park Service( NPS), the DC Office of Planning, and the Washington Downtown Business Improvement District can at least accomplish a very difficult process of redesigning an Inner City typical NPS park, Franklin Park, into a real Inner City park which, among other things, will serve children for parents who increasing are living in downtown Washington, DC. Also, Franklin Park, historically suffered from quite a bit of crime including prostitution. Franklin Park has always had some office buildings, a hotel, and an historic hotel whose potential future use has been constantly changing over the many years. Now with the above plan, the success of that plan will depend implement---2018-2019. Interestingly, the Washington Post has very recently moved his headquarters to the very edge of Franklin Park. As I discussed with the representative of the Downtown Bid, it is key to getting the Post involved in terms of news articles, editorials, and perhaps even monies through some type of Foundation. But again this unique Partnership of a federal agency, the District City Planning Office, and a strong downtown Business Improvement District, may actually allow this project to successfully move forward in implementation. Lee Schoenecker

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:54 p.m. CDT

100 miles of BRT: Using Effective Engagement to Create a BRT Network in Montgomery County

5

I enjoyed the interactive use of maps and group discussions

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:51 p.m. CDT

MOBILE: Building a Separated Bike Lane Network in Silver Spring: Lessons Learned and Plans for the Future

5

We needed more time to bike around. Great hands on or feet on the pedals learning experience

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 1:14 p.m. CDT

SHORTS: Innovating in Tech and Transportation

5

Good format. Very informative and engaging.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:14 a.m. CDT

Ethics Case of the Year

5

All the speakers were very good and the open format led to an engaging discussion on ethical matters.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:10 a.m. CDT

Driverless Vehicles and Planning: Potentials and Pitfalls

4

Understand fully that there will be physical infrastructure needs to accommodate driverless vehicles, but would also like to hear more about the technical infrastructure needs: wireless, street side antennas, etc.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:14 p.m. CDT

MOBILE: Washington Union Station - Past Present and Future

5

It was a great tour. We learned about the history of the station as well as future development and key stakeholders.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:13 p.m. CDT

SHORTS: Innovating in Tech and Transportation

4

It was great to hear these short presentations of various topics. Should include in future conferences.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:12 p.m. CDT

South Capitol Street: Planning Civic Washington in the 21st Century

5

I enjoyed this topic of proposed development along south Capitol and the waterfront.

Monday, October 30, 2017, 3:59 p.m. CDT

SHORTS: Innovating in Tech and Transportation

4

This was a really interesting session - a great way to learn about a lot of different tools, resources and trends in a quick format.

Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:05 p.m. CDT

Tackling Big Needs with Limited Space

4

Great partnership in Arlington with planners from different agencies working together

Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:03 p.m. CDT

Ethics Case of the Year

5

Speakers made a boring session as fun as possible

Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:02 p.m. CDT

Driverless Vehicles and Planning: Potentials and Pitfalls

4

Good brainstorming session

Monday, October 30, 2017, noon CDT

Keeping the Big Idea Alive: North Potomac Yard - Alexandria

5

A ground level how to do for TOD plan. Wish the City's transport planner could join the talk as well. Transport seemed a bit weak in the presentation

Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:57 a.m. CDT

South Capitol Street: Planning Civic Washington in the 21st Century

5

The city's attention to pedestrian needs, human scales and architecture resulted in a great area plan

Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:11 a.m. CDT

SHORTS: Innovating in Tech and Transportation

3

Some of the speakers weren't able to keep up with the rapid-fire format, and kept forcing their slides backwards. But they still kept things short, and had interesting information to convey.

Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:09 a.m. CDT

South Capitol Street: Planning Civic Washington in the 21st Century

5

Fascinating case study; particularly the historical planning context and the continued vision to see this through.

Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:08 a.m. CDT

Ethics Case of the Year

5

One of the best, most engaging ethics sessions I've attended. Well done.

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