What can planners do?
- To: SJSU MUP Students and Alumni
From: Dayana Salazar
A week after the September 11th tragedy, a student in URBP 201 raised a poignant question:
What are we doing here, learning about planning, when all these horrific events are happening out there in the world?
His question may also be understood as: How can we, planners, respond to such events?
There are many ways in which we can begin to address this question as individuals.
In the meantime, the American Planning Association (APA) has begun a professional dialogue about the subject.
Subject: Planning After September 11
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 15:26:11 -0500
To: "'apamem-l@...'" <apamem-l@...>
Dear APA Member:
The American Planning Association and its professional institute, The
American Institute of Certified Planners, expresses its sympathy to those
affected by the horrific tragedies of September 11. To the victims, their
families, and their friends, we offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers. We
are all strengthened by the many acts of heroism and kindness shown by
caring people and by the continuing contributions so many are making in
service to others.
Our community of Planners has offered assistance to those who must now turn
to the long process of recovery and reconstruction. Many of our members will
be called upon for their personal contributions of talent and expertise
through APA or through others' requests in the coming months. For members
and friends, we will be offering a variety of opportunities for dialogue,
information, and contributions. Visit <http://www.planning.org/abtapa/11sept01.htm>
to share in APA's resources for Planning After September 11.
Some of them are listed below.
Please join us in the task of building community in America and throughout
Paul Farmer, AICP
-- Moderated Discussion --
We invite our members and friends to join colleagues in a thoughtful and
respectful discussion of the planning and public policy issues being debated
in the aftermath of the recent tragedy.
Click on <http://forums.siteforums.com/~apa> to register to participate in
the online discussions. The forum is available 24 hours a day, and APA's
moderators will participate daily. Enter at any time to post messages and
read other planners' ideas and opinions. You need not be a member of APA to
participate, but please address all postings to the topics at hand.
We are pleased that several members of our community have agreed to lead and
moderate our discussion:
Edward Blakely, Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management
and Urban Policy, New School University in New York
Amy Helling, AICP, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Urban
Studies in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State
David S. Sawicki, AICP, Professor of City and Regional Planning and Public
Policy at Georgia Tech.
Kenneth Topping, FAICP, an expert in planning for post-disaster recovery and
reconstruction and the former planning director for Los Angeles.
-- Planners Day on the Hill and Fall Leadership Meetings --
These events will continue as scheduled, although our discussions will
include the events of September 11 and the aftermath. APA has been assured
by congressional offices that our members are very much encouraged to
continue with our visits. Our message of building vital communities now and
into the future should be consistent with short term priorities. And
planners have a special expertise that will add value to the emerging
national policy dialogue on so many issues of human settlement and other
-- APA and AICP Resources --
APA and AICP resources are available to community leaders, citizens, news
media, and anyone who wants to know more about the role planning plays in
responding to an emergency.
* APA staff and members <http://www.planning.org/abtapa/11sept05.htm>
* Publications <http://www.planning.org/abtapa/11sept03.htm>
* Links to related websites <http://www.planning.org/abtapa/11sept02.htm>
Questions? Contact APA's website manager at websitefeedback@....
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