Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Understanding the needs of ethnic minorities is critical for contemporary working planners, says Leonardo Vasquez, AICP/PP. Exclusive
Dec 21, 2009  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
If the Frederick Law Olmsted of 1857 offered to plan and manage your city’s central park, you probably wouldn’t hire him. The 35-year-old then was a farmer, journalist and former sailor with no formal training in architecture, engineering or any related field. Though he didn’t have much technical expertise, he had great leadership skills. Those gave him the opportunity to succeed, and helped him become successful, according to Leonardo Vazquez. Exclusive
Nov 10, 2008  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
Leonardo Vázquez, AICP/PP, applauds recent changes to the AICP Certification Maintenance Program that reduce costs and improve access. Exclusive
Sep 8, 2008  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
The continuing education program of the American Planning Association's American Institute of Certified Planners has stirred much controversy amongst members, educators and officials. Many agree the system's flaws need to be addressed. But where is the public discussion? Exclusive
Apr 21, 2008  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
When membership is not much more than a subscription and decisions are made with little group input, the APA needs to adjust the way it interacts with its members, according to self-proclaimed "APA lifer" Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP. Exclusive
Apr 11, 2007  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
With the Latino population growing tremendously, it's time to begin addressing the shortcomings in the practice of planning regarding this key demographic. Exclusive
Feb 26, 2007  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
Though the program has good intentions, APA's proposal for mandatory continuing education could just encourage more planners to attend the National Planning Conference than to actually get more training. Exclusive
Jan 2, 2007  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
In many ways, a successful urban planner is first and foremost a leader, yet far too many professionals lack the ability to lead, and ignore the importance of cultivating good leadership skills. Exclusive
Sep 18, 2006  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
New Urbanists and pro-property rights advocates have made good use of both allegory and myth to capture the attention of planners and the public. Exclusive
Aug 7, 2006  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
Want to get cleaner businesses that pay high wages and attract better retail? Think greenways and culture before tax breaks and roads. Good quality-of-life planning is good economic development planning, writes Leo Vazquez, AICP/PP, in this commentary on BIO 2006. Exclusive
Jun 5, 2006  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
On this President's Day, are you stuck in traffic from your exurban house to the sale at the local Hummer dealer? It's Thomas Jefferson's fault. The genius who drafted the Declaration of Independence also espoused a far-ranging anti-urban philosophy, with policies setting the stage for two centuries of sprawling development and political biases against cities. Exclusive
Feb 20, 2006  By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP