Advocacy

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Is It Possible to Love Public Transit in Los Angeles?

The answer is "Yes!" for Kenny Uong who is passionate about L.A.'s buses and trains, knows how to get around without a car, and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

June 14, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

George Floyd Protests

Planners Call for Deep Police Reforms

A letter signed by over 600 planners calls on the American Planning Association to advocate for fundamental police reforms, in other words, to defund the police.

August 9, 2020 - Bloomberg CityLab

Frances Goldin—Revolutionary, Organizer, Visionary—Joins the Ancestors at Age 95

Frances Goldin influenced a generation of housing organizers. Her vision was of a multiracial, multiethnic community based on the principles of justice. Her instruction to us was to fight for it.

July 10, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

Traffic Safety Advocates

Strategic Action for Affordable Housing: How Advocacy Organizations Accomplish Policy Change

Anaid Yerena of the University of Washington, Tacoma writes about a recent article she authored in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

January 10, 2020 - JPER

Immigration Arrest

Public Transit Advocacy in an Age of Immigration Crackdowns

Lynda Lopez argues that transit advocates should be immigrant allies during crackdowns.

August 2, 2019 - Streetsblog Chicago

U.S. Capital

Year in Review: The APA's Advocacy Work in Washington, D.C.

The APA noted that the 115th Congress was "marked by divisive rhetoric, partisan stalemates, and threats to programs on which local communities rely." At the end of the year, however, it could still celebrate substantial victories.

December 26, 2018 - American Planning Association

MBTA Green Line

The Millennials Who Came to Save Public Transit in Boston

Politico makes the team at TransitMatters in Boston nationally famous.

October 29, 2018 - Politico Magazine

Climate Change Protest

Tips for Talking About Climate Change

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is the leading expert in how to have difficult conversations about climate change—like the kind when facts aren't enough.

July 10, 2018 - Sightline Institute

Houston, Construction

Houston Requires Community Benefits for Development Subsidies

Houston joins cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, and Minneapolis in demanding a greater return on public dollars.

June 8, 2018 - Next City

Gentrification Protest

Why Housing Messaging Backfires

Despite decades of our raising the issue of displacement in the face of rising rents, many Americans still do not see this as a call-to-action or a failure of public policy. Here is why our housing messaging may be backfiring.

February 5, 2018 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.