APA Interact June 17, 2020

June 17, 2020
Cities around the world are reimagining how they use policy tools to address COVID-19 challenges and meet the needs of their residents. In Portland, Oregon, the city council recently adopted a resolution that highlights the connections between equity, climate, and COVID-19 recovery. In this podcast, APA discusses the connection between the newly adopted resolution and planning practice with the director of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the director of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.
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Plus: The City of Portland published a report titled “Historical Context of Racist Planning,” discussing how land-use planning contributed to ongoing racial segregation and inequity in Portland, and how understanding the harmful history helps move forward equitable planning work.
Transitioning from response to recovery

From preparing for budget shortfalls to rethinking place-based strategies, read how addressing COVID-19 recovery is influencing Seattle's Office of Planning & Community Development efforts. Director Sam Assefa discusses planning's role in improving livability and equity in a post-pandemic environment.
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Confronting systemic inequity with institutional change

New planning initiatives and offices are pushing for more equitable policy outcomes — and holding cities accountable for the impacts of their decisions. Also, find out how equity steps forward in Philadelphia’s planning department.
From Planning
A professor’s mission to map and preserve Black settlements

In celebration of Juneteenth this Friday, learn about efforts to shine light on Black experiences within the built environment with the Texas Freedom Colonies Project. Andrea Roberts, PhD, is on a mission to help preserve and increase the visibility of every Black settlement — from Juneteenth through the end of the Depression — across the state.
How community members formed the first transgender district

Hear directly from community members on how San Francisco’s cultural district program led to the world’s first legally recognized transgender district. In honor of Pride Month, listen to how the district is fighting displacement, creating economic opportunity, and honoring the first documented uprising of transgender and queer people in U.S. history.
Add The Urban Fix to your summer reading list

Praise for Douglas Kelbaugh’s The Urban Fix from last month’s JAPA book review:
“An illustrated instruction manual for the care and nurturing of healthy cities suitable for practicing planners, designers, urban ecologists, and concerned citizens alike, [showing how we] can use our cities to save the planet and create a better life for our children and grandchildren at the same time.”

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How planners can collaborate with public health during a pandemic

Planners are key to the COVID-19 response and recovery conversation and have a unique opportunity to collaborate with public health officials to rebuild and reshape communities. APA has gathered a panel of planners who are working within public health departments to discuss planning as extension of the public health workforce.

This interactive virtual course includes break out discussions with fellow participants and in-depth conversations with panelists to develop solutions for rebuilding and designing more equitable communities. CM | 1.5 (APA member price, $30)
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 (Free)
AICP Certification Maintenance requirement exemptions

As life and career situations arise, you may be eligible for a temporary or permanent exemption from the requirement to earn Certification Maintenance credits. We now offer a new temporary COVID-19 extreme hardship exemption. Other types include retired, life, unemployed/in transition, foreign practice, and a temporary inactive AICP membership.
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Membership assistance

In addition to exemptions, APA offers financial assistance to members who qualify for APA Life membership, APA retired membership, unemployed/in transition, and the auto renewal program. To see if you qualify, click the suitable link.
Take a career leap: Apply for AICP Certification

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.
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