Hear about the redevelopment challenges facing legacy cities through the 2019 Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas, presented in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy at the Policy and Advocacy Conference. Learn from Akilah Watkins-Butler of the Center for Community Progress; U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan's 5th District; and Mayor Daniel Horrigan of the City of Akron, Ohio, on topics like equitable and inclusive redevelopment strategies and effective policy approaches.
Congratulations to Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, North Carolina, for being selected as the 2019 Great Places in America People's Choice! Whirligig Park is the result of a grassroots effort to provide a permanent, one-of-a-kind home for 30 whirligigs created by artist Vollis Simpson. The park was also recognized as a 2019 Great Place by the APA North Carolina Chapter.
"The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is truly an awe-inspiring place; a community living room filled with 30 massive kinetic sculptures spinning in the wind, reflecting sparkling lights after dark, and drawing locals and visitors alike for leisure, education, and entertainment. … This catalyst project, which took eight years to complete, was designed to bring the Wilson community together and spur economic revitalization and tourism in historic downtown Wilson." — Rodger Lentz, AICP
Also competing in the contest were Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville, Minnesota, and Davis Square in Somerville, Massachusetts. Thanks to all who participated by suggesting great places and voting in the final poll! Learn more about the 2019 Great Places in America.
Advance Your Career in Planning and Policy at The New School in NYC
Turn your commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice into a successful career with the Master's in Public and Urban Policy at The New School. Engage with policymakers through real-world client work, applying a multidisciplinary approach to solve complex urban problems.
Submit proposals by December 5 for the 2020 Urbanism Next conference held May 13–15, in Portland, Oregon. The conference will explore themes of new mobility technologies, e-commerce growth, and the anticipated deployment of autonomous vehicles.
Register for World Town Planning Day online conference
From November 4–8, the Canadian Institute of Planners will hold a week-long online conference, showcasing presentations on important planning issues and innovations from around the world.
Green building encompasses a range of planning, design, and construction practices seeking to reduce energy and water use, improve indoor air quality, and minimize pollution. Explore Green Building, the latest addition to APA's Research KnowledgeBase, to discover resources demonstrating how cities and counties are using plans, regulations, and programs to require or create incentives for green building practices.
APA Learn: "Regional Green Infrastructure Strategies and Tools"
In this course, explore the processes and tools employed in the first stage of the Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy, and learn how these innovative landscape-scale "green infrastructure" planning techniques can be applied to other regions."CM |1.25
Planning History Timeline: National Park Service
On August 15, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service within the U.S. Department of the Interior and tasking it with preserving natural and historic areas in the United States. View the full timeline.