APA Interact August 26, 2020

This Week at APA
August 26, 2020
Communities large and small are finding their way in this new world, and APA is here with the Policy and Advocacy Conference to get you the tools you need to advocate for planning in your community and work toward recovery. We've recently released program details with more to come! Our expert speakers and interactive discussions will be covering topics influenced by today's landscape. Topics like:
  • Navigating the economics of equitable recovery
  • COVID-19's effect on infrastructure projects
  • How to lead change through effective communication
  • Impact of today's state-level changes on local practice
Check out the conference-at-a-glance for full details.

Time is running out to take advantage of the early bird registration price break — have you secured your spot yet? Register by September 1!
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Planning departments bolster operating budgets, community services

In the first installment of APA's "Planning is Essential" video series, former planning director Jason Gilman, AICP, shares how LaCrosse, Wisconsin's planning department draws in new funding streams to enhance community services.
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Although the prospects of a new relief package are uncertain, Jason's testimony is among the important stories Congress needs to hear to better understand why localities need both new, direct relief and flexibility immediately. Making an impact is as easy as telling your story — planners are paving the way to their community's recovery, and we want to hear how you're helping your community pivot toward a new normal.
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Last chance to contribute to the national climate position

Now is the time to reinvent communities to incorporate climate mitigation and adaptation. As evidenced by current hazards such as the California wildfires and Hurricane Laura, climate impacts on planner's work must be recognized with the right policies and guidance. We've incorporated the latest science and policy approaches, and we want your help to review the working draft. This guide provides tools for planners to advocate for equitable, effective policies at all levels of government, and will represent APA's official position on climate issues. Final comments must be submitted by today, August 26.
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Vulnerable communities face hotter temperatures

Climate change is pushing temperatures even higher, and places with vulnerable populations are the most affected. While most cities have hazard mitigation plans, a different approach to equitable resilience is needed, because it's only going to get hotter.

PLUS: From the New York Times, view an interactive piece on the intersection of redlining and urban heat.
Being an idealist in difficult times

In the latest "A Guide for the Idealist" series, Rick Willson, FAICP, sends a message of hope to planners as they face tough times and work toward recovery. "Rather, we can focus our idealism on the paths to a better future, one that admittedly has many unknowns."
Preserving a Houston community

Houston's Third Ward is a neighborhood known for its vibrancy and activism — it's also home to Emancipation Park and has cultivated some of the first Black-run media. However, the neighborhood has experienced community disinvestment. From APA's Urban Design and Preservation Division, discover how one group, Project Row Houses, is seeking to preserve this community.
Free resources on racism and inequality

APA partner Taylor & Francis has curated a collection of scholarly content — much of it free to view or open access — on racism, social and economic justice, and more.
APA experts comment on future of planning

This year's pandemic and civil unrest have exposed opportunities for improving the built environment to be healthier, more equitable, and safer for all. APA experts are engaging in national dialogue on current events including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequality on communities and the profession.
COVID-19 and urban planning study

A researcher from Adler University is conducting a study to understand planner perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to planning practice, the built environment, equity, and crises response. If you are interested in sharing your perspective via a virtual interview, complete the form to indicate your interest by September 14.
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Downtown Transit Center Feasibility Study
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Tulsa, OK
Housing Element Update to General Plan
City of San Fernando
San Fernando, CA
Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances Update
Brunswick County
Lawrenceville, VA

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