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Seattle Protest

Revisit Michael Ford’s #BlackLivesMatter Appeal to Planners

Michael Ford opened the 2022 National Planning Conference with an engaging keynote address that offered perspective and inspiration for a changed planning profession.

May 1, 2022 - Azure Magazine

Racial Equity in Planning

Equity and 'Righting Past Wrongs' to Start the 2021 National Planning Conference

The American Planning Association's 2021 National Planning Conference started streaming this morning, with an obvious focus on equity and the historical role of the planning profession in perpetuating systemic racism.

May 5, 2021 - James Brasuell

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Planning for the 2021 National Planning Conference

After last year's National Planning Conference was canceled in the early days and weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event returns online, with tons of planning content and even several avenues for networking and socializing.

May 4, 2021 - James Brasuell

Seattle APA National Conference

2020 National Planning Conference Canceled

A sad day for the planning profession, as the American Planning Association makes the hard, but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 National Planning Conference.

March 18, 2020 - American Planning Association

2019 National Planning Conference

Searching for the Essence of Planning at the National Planning Conference

With so many applications and intersections, planning can be hard to define. Planetizen Managing Editor James Brasuell is in San Francisco searching for meaning.

April 14, 2019 - James Brasuell

2019 National Planning Conference

The 2019 National Planning Conference Is Underway

Couldn't make it to San Francisco for the 2019 National Planning Conference? Live vicariously through the magic of the Internet.

April 14, 2019 - American Planning Association

American Planning Association 2015

Don't Miss the Call for Proposals for the 2019 National Planning Conference

The 2019 National Planning Conference will introduce new tracks in Housing, Community and Economic Development; International, Comparative and Global Planning; Small Town and Rural Planning; and Academic and Professional Research.

June 2, 2018 - Bruce Stiftel

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Scraping Social Media to Analyze Public Engagement

Planners are increasingly using social media for public engagement. How can you analyze what people are saying? NodeXL is an easy to use free tool for scraping and analyzing social media. I use this tool to report from the APA National Conference.

April 4, 2016 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

7 Lessons in Park Planning from the APA National Conference

What’s new in environmental planning, the value of multi-functional urban parks, and the importance of providing open spaces for an aging population discussed at a recent conference stood out to planner Clement Lau.

May 18, 2015 - UrbDeZine

Seattle Waterfront Condos

Focus on Affordability at APA National Conference

For all the discussion about affordable housing at the APA National Conference in Seattle last week, clear solutions have yet to emerge. Polycentric regional planning is one long-term goal.

April 28, 2015 - CityLab

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