APA Interact June 12, 2019

This week at APA
Charlotte's new model for housing collaboration

Charlotte, North Carolina, is bringing together private-sector and nonprofit partners to help address the city's need for new investments in housing affordability. Earlier this year, the city's largest financial companies — Ally Financial, Bank of America, and Barings — committed to invest $70.8 million in affordable housing in Charlotte and surrounding Mecklenburg County. Get ideas and inspiration from this and other case studies presented in APA's Planning Home Initiative.
L'Enfant Legacy Society honors planned giving

The APA Foundation established the L'Enfant Legacy Society to recognize and honor donors whose estate gifts will make a significant impact on the Foundation's priority initiatives and inspire others to follow. One such donor was Irving Hand, FAICP, whose generous bequest carried on his lifetime commitment to the planning profession.

Learn more about planned giving as an effective way to support the priority initiatives of the APA Foundation.
Act now to support petition candidates

Candidates who were not nominated for leadership positions can petition to appear on the ballot. Through July 1, APA members may sign these petitions: Rodger Lentz, AICP, for APA Board President-Elect, and Susan Wood, AICP, for APA Board Member Elected at Large.
Help build the NPC20 program

Share your expertise at NPC20 in Houston by presenting on an important, current, or cutting-edge planning topic. The window to submit conference session proposals is open now through July 1, so don't delay. Need a little help getting started? APA has assembled tools and examples to help you build a successful proposal.
Expanding Equity: "Stonewall Did That for Me"

Throughout June, in recognition of Pride Month, APA will highlight the stories of some members of the association's LGBTQ and Planning Division. This week, division member Michael Levine, AICP, tells how his personal experience at Stonewall has influenced his work as a planner. Each of APA's population-focused divisions, including the LGBTQ and Planning Division, serves as a forum for elevating the needs of members and community issues and advancing the exchange of ideas and information.
APA's Planning History Timeline: Equal Access to Housing

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published "Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity." The rule prohibited discrimination in HUD-funded housing and programs on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and prevented judgment on homeless-assistance housing based on a person's marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Visit the Timeline.
APA Learn: "Housing, Health Equity & Local Control"

State preemption and local control loom large in housing- and health-equity issues. In this course, discover how to identify key partners in combating preemption and learn how to use the history of local control to achieve equity. CM | 1.25
Explore planning in today's China

The latest issue of the APA International Division's Interplan newsletter is a Special China Report, first in a series of nation-specific reports covering planning-related issues and projects developing outside the United States. Read the report's illustrated articles and interviews for insights into aspects of Chinese culture and the status of urban planning in China. Find out how American planners can help move it forward.
Apartment Densities for Medium-Size Cities

Housing issues have challenged U.S. communities for decades. Around 1960, the post-World War II boom in suburban single-family housing reverted to interest in apartments — sometimes in new communities devoid of multifamily dwellings. The PAS report Planning for Apartments examined physical, economic, and social factors surrounding the construction of multifamily residences. Three years later, in 1963, Apartment Densities for Medium-Size Cities followed up with additional data on apartment density regulations from mid-sized cities nationwide.
Uncovering JAPA: Kevin Lynch and Los Angeles

The Journal of the American Planning Association's special issue celebrating the legacy of Kevin Lynch touched on his influence on Los Angeles. A new blog post in the Uncovering JAPA series delves into an article that described how Lynch's ideas shaped the development of downtown L.A.

June 17 – "Affordable In-Law Suites and Backyard Bungalows: Capturing Opportunities in Accessory Dwelling Units" interactive livestream hosted by AARP, an APA partner in addressing housing challenges. (free, registration required)

APA scholarships

Students: Apply for the APA Foundation Scholarship and the Charles Abrams Scholarship by June 20.
Call for TRB conference abstracts

The Transportation Research Board is accepting poster abstracts through June 21 for its December 11–12 conference, "Joining Forces and Moving Forward." The Washington, D.C., conference will highlight innovative practices in health and active transportation.
AICP certification

Don't miss your chance to apply for AICP Certification! The current application period ends at 5 p.m. (CT) on June 27.
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