NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Explore the complications of planning for downtown revitalization in inner ring cities facing the challenge of establishing their own identity after being thought of as suburbs and bedroom communities for many years.
The modern food hall as a redevelopment tool allows municipalities to re- use underutilized spaces to benefit the public realm. The session examines the transformative nature of food halls through case studies from Atlanta and New York at three scales; micro (under 10,000 SF), neighborhood (20,000 SF- 35,000 SF), and destination (over 45,000 SF).
Learn how NYC Parks, working with communities and sister agencies, is unifying park spaces with the neighborhoods they serve and creating new centers of community by reimagining entrances, edges, and park-adjacent spaces through its Parks Without Borders initiative.
Downtown organizations, including business improvement districts, are playing a significant role in shaping the future of our cities, including influencing policy, raising the expectations for planning and participation, and assisting in implementation.
Engage with leaders from major US cities working on innovative strategies for ensuring equitable development in rapidly revitalization urban neighborhoods. Examine best practice polices and programs for successfully managing neighborhood change such as inclusionary housing and other community benefit strategies.
Revitalization efforts can be a collaborative or alienating process for under-served communities. An inclusive temporary design process is a powerful tool to build toward long term implementation for improvements that are owned by the community and serve their needs.
APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams program conducted its first international project in Belize City in 2016. All five team members will present the collective expertise they employed in urban design, hazards, community-led initiatives, and transportation to the waterfront neighborhood Yarborough.
Tour two historic Staten Island sites undergoing major change, thanks to the proactive efforts of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Learn how a former city tuberculosis hospital is being reshaped into a healthy community to confront new epidemics, and how a historic poor farm is being rehabilitated to house a rapidly aging population.
Transformative redevelopment can remain elusive for decades—then run wild. Learn how two former centers of heavy industry are working to spark large-scale physical and economic change, and guide it toward more equitable outcomes.
Jersey City has come a long way from its days as the railhead of the nation. With almost 400 years of history, this place boasts many layers and stories and will soon be New Jersey's largest city. Hear this fascinating urban success story, as told by its planning director of more than a quarter of a century, and learn how to apply its lessons to your community.
Travel beyond street tree inventories and explore three catalytic programs working to activate urban forests through ecology, design, and civic participation. This lively session will highlight complementary and contrasting initiatives in Baltimore, Detroit, and New York.
Population, industry and recreation adjacent to urban waterways have dramatically shifted over the last decade. Chicago, New York City and Spokane are grappling with these trends and developed action plans to collaboratively address perceptions and tensions while redefining their riverfronts.
Stroll through 400 years of development and progress on this tour led by Jersey City's long-time (but now retired) planning director. Learn the behind-the-scenes stories of the transformations that produced the “Gold Coast,” the fastest-growing part of the New York Metro region.
Once Long Island’s most economically distressed community, Wyandanch is in the midst of a complete transformation that serves as a nationwide model for new transit-oriented development brought about by a ground-up community-based approach to neighborhood revitalization.
Diverse views of environmentally responsible brownfields redevelopment with innovative case studies across US. How very different communities navigate the challenges of remediation, funding, infrastructure and community concerns to achieve long term sustainability; a discussion of how brownfield redevelopment has matured.
Explore how the City of Stamford went from a charming New England city with a local economic base, a historic downtown, beautiful residential neighborhoods, and a short commute to New York City to becoming a boomtown.
Join this walking tour and explore Flushing's history as a centralized settlement for people, culture, and business. Learn about significant historical, cultural, social, immigration, and urban revitalization experiences that have shaped this part of New York, one of the city's busiest areas.
Simon Gerson | Ellen Kodakek | Michael Meyers | Robert White
The Valleyheart Riverwalk is a section of the LA River that has undergone revitalization through community led efforts. This research can be applied to metropolitan areas for implementation of greenways, providing better quality of life for the community.
Data is becoming a more prevalent topic of discussion in enhancing local governments in (re)building their communities. Mayors across the nation have adapted to this particular initiative and implemented it into their day-to-day agendas. Is big data sufficient and effective?
This research uses GIS and statistical analysis to investigate whether the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program made neighborhoods more desirable. By comparing Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods -- only neighborhoods in Minneapolis received funding -- this study assesses changes from 1990-2014.
Good placemaking can make the difference in landing top talent. This poster explores how to transform aging federal campuses using development planning based on sustainability strategies.
A retail district’s health and vitality are linked to the perception of safety. Attracting neighborhood-serving businesses to an unsafe district is challenging. Mitigating crime is the critical first step in creating a climate for retail growth.
Big city planners tackle one of the most challenging issues facing cities. Hear how larger cities take on this issue and succeed. This session is presented by the partnership of the American Planning Association, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Discover innovative approaches to incorporating community input, addressing affordability and gentrification, and strengthening the local/minority-owned business economy within the context of world class design and Detroit's famous architectural legacy.
Learn about the benefits of utilizing Community Planning Assistance Teams to engage communities and execute inventive, insightful planning to revitalize areas in distress and to plan for growth in dynamic environments. Participants will benefit by hearing from four communities that have conducted CPAT projects that each addressed planning issues unique to those community’s needs.
Cities increasingly look to special districts to help with plan implementation. The Uptown Oakland case study informs about the power and limitations of districts to bring plan visions to life. Learn to set expectations and improve plans for stronger partnerships.
Learn how historic Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is capitalizing on natural and community assets like the Walkway Over the Hudson and the Poughkeepsie Train Station to revitalize its waterfront and main street and create a connected greenway waterfront trail.