APA Interact June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020
What role should the federal government play in recovery? How can planning — combined with federal stimulus — move communities to a more equitable future?

In the weeks and months ahead, planners will face the monumental challenge of building back an economy that not only addresses the recession triggered by the global pandemic, but also reckons with structural racism. Now is the time for transformational thinking — and no one is better suited to lead that work than the planning profession.

Planners will soon have an opportunity to weigh in on federal transportation legislation that could be a vehicle for equitable economic recovery.

In this short video interview, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), joins APA President Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, to discuss planning, recovery, and the future in our latest installment of the Road to Recovery interview series.
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Planning profession's first research agenda targets timely priorities

Five key themes and 18 key issues that will impact the profession and the communities in which planners work are identified in FutureShape, the profession's first research agenda. The issues identified in this multi-year effort remain relevant and are perhaps even more poignant today as planners face the need to re-imagine their communities post-pandemic, and with a renewed commitment to social equity.

FutureShape was the signature cause of the APA Foundation, and was the first collaborative effort of its kind between the academic community and planning practitioners in the U.S.
Seattle's focus on equitable recovery

As Seattle focuses on recovery, planners are using data and a big-picture framework to plan for an equitable, resilient recovery that is anchored by a race and social justice lens. APA's Ann Dillemuth, AICP, spoke with Sam Assefa, director of Seattle's Office of Planning & Community Development, about the planning department's role in Seattle's strategy. 

Hear more from Sam Assefa from the NPC20 @ Home opening keynote, Finding the Way Forward for Planning and Communities.
Planning magazine
The tainted legacy of land-use planning

Communities of color bear the brunt of harmful environmental planning decisions, when economic development is prioritized over public health. Learn how some planners are working toward justice for all.
Whiteness and urban planning

Whiteness within urban planning and practice perpetuates regional and racial injustices in America such as crime, segregation, and unequal housing and education. In the latest issue of the Journal of American Planning Association, the authors examine the need to understand white affluence to approach problems of racial and spatial equity.
PAS QuickNotes
Managing shared-use micromobility

City residents are now turning to shared-use micromobility when transit availability is limited due to COVID-19. The newest edition of PAS QuickNotes highlights key considerations to help local officials and planners ensure that shared-use micromobility supports community goals and offers reliable local transportation options.
Research KnowledgeBase
Using zoning to support home occupations

Home occupations allow small business owners to save money on overhead, set flexible work schedules, and experiment with products and services with minimal financial risk — but does your local zoning create barriers for home occupations?

This Research KnowledgeBase collection offers resources providing background and policy guidance, and examples of how communities are using zoning to support home occupations while protecting the character of residential neighborhoods.
June 19
Careers in transportation planning: A look ahead

Join APA Career Services and APA's Transportation Planning Division to hear about on-the-job opportunities, look at current challenges, and reflect on the long-term effects of the pandemic on the field of transportation planning. CM | 1.0 (Register; free)
Jumpstart your career: Become AICP Certified

Now's the perfect time to invest in your future — the AICP exam application is open! Before beginning your application, read the AICP Guide - Part 1 to set yourself up for success. The AICP Guide - Part 2 gives you information on registering for the AICP certification exam and the new testing options available.

Hear from a reviewer's perspective! Ann Dillemuth, AICP, senior research and professional practice associate, explains the AICP Criteria Essay requirements.
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