UMD Student Planning Association

UMD Student Planning Association


Statement of Solidarity on Behalf of UMD URSP Program Director, Casey Dawkins
Saw this event next week and thought some people might be interested.
Two alums (me, Sofie Rhoads and Alexis Robinson) are starting up am urbanist book club! Our first meeting is tomorrow at the Shaw library in DC from 11-12. Everyone is welcome!
Hello Everyone, I would like to reach out to you regarding the start of an urbanist book club in the metro area. We would like to hold an initial meeting on a Saturday morning in September to have a kick-off and develop a path forward with the group. Things we'll discuss: - Meeting dates, times, frequencies, and locations (ideally, Metro accessible and in the DMV region) - A process for determining readings - Adding structure to the meetings (moderators, questions, etc.) - Anything else that will help us create an enjoyable, accessible, and sustainable club that we can all enjoy! A Doodle Poll has been created to help us identify a time that would work best for as many of us as possible. We look forward to meeting you and getting started! Best, Sofie Rhoads and Alexis Robinson
Hi friends! Any December gatherings? I'll be in town Dec. 10-21, and would love to geek out with fellow planners :)
Hey SPA, I'm leaving my gig as Bike Coordinator for UMD in two weeks to start as Bike Program Specialist at DDOT. Someone come take this sweet job that includes historically hires people in the middle of getting their Master's, includes tuition remission, and makes your commute to class after work extremely easy. The posting is not up yet- I wanted to give y'all first crack at it. Message me if you are interested
ALUMS LIVING IN THE AREA: I'm graduating this May, and I'm interested in purchasing a used gown. Does anyone have one they'd be interested in selling? I couldn't find any information online, but I'm 5'9" and usually wear a men's medium. Thanks!
URSP Alums: We're putting together a commemorative book for MAPP's 50th Anniversary and we need alumni stories-- what's your school favorite memory? What's something you learned in school that you still practice today? What experience shaped your professional path? Interested in sharing a story? Please e-mail me at [email protected] for details!
Mike Lydon, an experienced Urban Planner and Principal with Street Plans (New York City), coined the term “Tactical Urbanism” to describe bottom-up, community-led urban interventions in different scales – a street, a square, a whole neighborhood. These actions often times lead to deep-rooted changes in the and also the collaboration with local planning authorities. In the webinar on 20th of October, we’ll explore the potentials and restrictions of Tactical Urbanism in helping forge more livable communities and a more democratic planning culture.
URSP Students, WTS TransportationYOU is looking for volunteers for a September 27th event at Dunbar High School (1pm-2pm). The event will guide students through parts of the college application process. Volunteers will sit on a pane to discuss their college application process and facilitate a scholarship application writing workshop. This is a great opportunity for a grad student in transportation (or really, any other specialty) to mentor high schoolers! Please contact Jasmy Methipara chair of the WTS Transportation You Committee if you are interested! Jasmy Methipara [email protected]
Hi there! We're currently recruiting for two interns to join the Sustainable DC team at the District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE). - Sustainability Planner Intern: shape the planning process for Sustainable DC 2.0 (the five-year update to the District's sustainability plan). This is a great opportunity for a planning student! - Social Media & Digital Engagement Intern: develop and implement dynamic communications strategies for Sustainable DC Learn more about both opportunities and apply here: Applications are due by 9/24! Let me know if you have any questions!
Hello URSP alums! For those who have not yet submitted a brief personal/professional update to be included in the annual URSP Alumni Newsletter: We would love to hear what you have been up to! Please send updates to me via email ([email protected]) or Facebook Messenger by Friday, August 25. Make sure to include your full name, graduation year, and any highlights. Examples of previous alumni updates can be found beginning on page 26 of the 2014-2015 URSP Alumni Newsletter, linked below. If you have already sent an update, thank you again! Holly Simmons, MCP 2018

The Student Planning Association (SPA) at University of Maryland works with faculty and students to build a stronger urban studies and planning program.

About SPA: The Student Planning Association (SPA) at the University of Maryland works with the faculty, administration, and students to build a stronger urban studies and planning program. We plan social events, coordinate lectures and other educational opportunities, and try to make connections among the student body, alumni and the community. All students pursuing a Masters in Community Planning are considered members, and there is no dues requirement. How We Work: General Events: Anyone can suggest and help organize an event for UMD students. In the past, events have included happy hours, a panel event on technology in urban planning hosted by a nonprofit organization, and IGNITE presentations at the MD/DE APA Biannual Regional Conference. SPA Pools: These new, interest-based groups are a way for students to connect with one another on the issues that interest them. They can arrange special events, attend outside events together, work with faculty, and more. Some suggested topics include: Transportation, Economic Development, College Park Planning, Food Supply & Urban Agriculture, and Technology & Planning, but this is open for any discussion. Career Services: Last year, SPA hosted a resume clinic, a networking event, and the annual alumni career panel. These events will continue this year, and we hope to continue to involve local professionals throughout the year.

Enslaved from birth, she purchased her freedom in 1810. Now, D.C. park bears her name.

Great article on the opening of the Alethia Tanner Park in DC. NoMa BID and the DC Dept of Parks and Rec worked together on this project which includes green space, playground, space to host outdoor movie events and dog park. It honors Alethia Tanner who helped open the District’s first school for Black children, and supported several schools out of her proceeds from a number of ventures — including a fruit stand she ran in Lafayette Park. Lest we forget, our own Stacie West (MCP 2011) is the Director of Parks Projects at NoMA BID. There is a new park in Northeast D. C. that was supposed to open months ago but couldn't because of the pandemic. NoMa BID has been working to create Alethia Tanner Parkfor years, right off of Harry Thomas Way NE. The community helped pick the name for the park. NoMa BID said in 2018 a list of names...

MDOT planner maps out successful career |

MD Department of Transportation writes about our own Andrew Bernish (MCP 2012). MDOT planner maps out successful career by Teri Winslow | Jun 29, 2020  Andrew Bernish has 100 chickens to thank for his career. The chickens were the start of a poultry farm he helped establish in a rural South African village while serving in the Peace Corps. The project got him interested in c...

Interesting site for Montgomery County walkers: Mapping Pedestrian shortcuts.

The pandemic response slashed traffic; what did it teach us about transportation planning?

Interesting reading for our Transportation alums The state response to the coronavirus pandemic cut traffic volumes nearly in half this spring, providing traffic engineers an opportunity to study how systems respond to traditionally hypothetical situations. Some

2020 ELEVATE Nominee Recognition Videos - The Registry

Congratulations to our own Fran Doherty (MCP 2012) on her nomination to the 2020 ELEVATE Rising Rock Star award which honors diversity and women's leadership in commercial real estate in the Bay Area. Elevate event, The Registry, CREW San Francisco, CREW Silicon Valley, East Bay CREW, Bay Area, women of influence award

Winners of the 2020 ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Compe... | GeoNet, The Esri Community | GIS and Geospatial Professional Community

Congratulations to our own Andrew Bernish (MCP 2012) as one of the winners of the first 2020 ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Competition.

Good Times for All:
Alums from the current class of URSP graduates joined those from over 20 years ago, and those in between, to test their knowledge of planning facts and figures at our first URSP Alumni Virtual Planning Trivia Challenge. Though designed to compensate for the shutting down of our Lunches/Brunches with Alums, the Challenge allowed us to open our activities to alums living outside the local area. Over 25 alums came together from Baltimore - DC corridor, as well as Florida, Nevada, California, Oregon and China. Though the winning team was never clearly identified, the challenge highlighted the sense of community which all URSP alums share. The challenge gave old friends an opportunity to reconnect as well a provide an opportunity to make new ones. As a personal note, it was great to see all those faces which at one point passed through my classroom.
A big thanks to Kate (2015), the Game Oversight Director, for providing the platform and management, as well as Matt and Mandi (2015) for providing general support. Keep safe and well, remember to wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

Speaker Series May 20, 2020 - Preserving Sites of Suffrage Activism

Our own Kacy Rohn (MCP, MHP, 2017) is an expert on the history of women's suffrage in Maryland. As part of Prince George's Planning's Speaker Series, Kacy did a virtual talk on "Preserving Sites of Suffrage Activism." She was introduced by our own Tom Gross (MCP 2016)

Speaker(s) / Instructor(s) Biography Kacy Rohn is a Historic Preservation Planner with Montgomery Planning. Her research into the place-based history of the ...

[05/22/20]   Congratulations Class of 2020
We realize how difficult this semester must have been for all of you. Nonetheless, congratulations on achieving this academic milestone. I know I speak for all of our URSP alums in wishing you well on all your future endeavors. We hope you stay engaged with the Program. Keep well and keep in touch. Remember to wash your hands, and practice social distancing. Alex (2016)

Study: Tenants in 1 out of 6 rentals faced eviction in Michigan

Our own Robert Goodspeed (MCP 2008), now, Assistant Professor, the University of Michigan, in the news again. Interesting work on rent evictions in Detroit. Tenants in one out of every six rentals in Michigan faced eviction in 2018 and less than 5% of renters were represented by lawyers


Read an interview with our own Dr. Robert Goodspeed (MCP 2008) regarding scenario planning and Covid 19.

UMD Urban Studies and Planning Program Receives Full-term Accreditation | UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Great News ! Board praises program as an “ideal laboratory for learning”

Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday

Happy Birthday, Jane Jacobs ! Celebrating Jane Jacobs’ 100th Birthday! #GoogleDoodle

DC Has On-Demand Ride Service for Health Care Workers

Hear DC Dept of For Hire Vehicles Agency Director, our own David Do (MCP 2015), discuss his department's latest work with DC's Neighborhood App. Some D.C. health care workers now have a new way to get to work. Mayor Muriel Bowser is repurposing the DC Neighborhood Connect service to provide on-demand rides for two hospitals during the coronavirus crisis. Essential health care workers at Howard University Hospital and United Medical Center ca...

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Hear our own Greg Vernon (MCP 2011) discuss how work at Emergency Management and Preparedness at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

What's life like for an airport Emergency Manager during this crazy time? We sat down with our very own to find out. #FirstPerson #InThisTogether

Paris To Create 650 Kilometers Of Post-Lockdown Cycleways

Biking in the news again--
Keep safe, practice social distancing, and remember to wash your hands. “Whenever feasible, consider riding bicycles or walking,” recommended the World Health Organisation (WHO) on April 21 in new technical guidance on moving around during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Wuhan restarts: Shared bike use surges after lockdown lifted -

Interesting reading for our biking alumni The use of shared bikes soared in Wuhan after the city lifted lockdown and travel restrictions on April 8. As people's lives have gradually returned to normal, cycling is heating up in business districts, office areas and industrial parks, according to the Beijing News.

Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions | Columbia University Press

Hot off the press! and Interesting reading for all planners, Rob Goodspeed's (MCP, 2008), "Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions". This book offers the first in-depth examination of scenario planning. This urban and regional planning approach enables communities to create and analyze mul... | CUP

Grant aims to create economic opportunity in embattled Kensington

See our Patricia Codina (MCP 2005) as she works to address the current crisis. Through $5 million from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, a partnership will provide loans for residents to open small businesses, buy homes, and become real estate developers.

These are difficult times, and as you might imagine some alumni activities from Baltimore walking tours, to Lunch / Brunch with alums, to the much anticipated “indie wrestling” have been postponed indefinitely, though hopefully something before the end of the year. Regardless, I hope all is well with you and yours in mind, body and spirit.

Needless to say, staying at home will be creating challenges for many of us. With this in mind, I thought I would create a minor distraction for you and yours. Identify these recent vacation photographs that were taken (not necessarily by me). Notably, we left the country, ten minutes before they closed the airport to international travel. Three points each for the birds, and one point for the city. One alum noted it engaged his kids for about 10 minutes (but every minute counts).

Regardless, keep safe, stay well, and remember to wash your hands.

[03/19/20]   Belated congratulations to our own Chuck Kines (MCP 1999) for his election to the position of President-Elect of the Maryland Chapter of APA. His term will be the remainder of 2020 and 2021.

Study Reveals Gender Dynamics of Professional Planning Practice

Interesting reading for all... A new study published by the Journal of the American Planning Association details the gender dynamics of planning offices around the country, finding challenges with exclusive communication (i.e., shutting women out from workplace communication).

Maryland Universities Reveal High-Caliber Instruction and Student Planning

Interesting reading from Maryland Dept of Planning Blog Planning Assistance in Action by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with Pat Keller, Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland College Park, Urban Studies Program and Va…

Spatial Mismatch: When Workers Can’t Get to Jobs in the Suburbs

Interesting reading for our economic development alums- Job Sprawl Results in Unemployment for Low-Income Urban Residents Earlene K.P. Dowell  |  March 04, 2020 Component ID: #ti104684184 When jobs are far from where the people who need them live, unemployment rates climb. Job sprawl to the suburbs has created a commuting challenge that hits low-income...

Johns Hopkins University Forms Partnerships to Strengthen Nearby Neighborhoods in Central Baltimore | HUD USER

Interesting reading regarding University-Community Partnerships   Home >Case Studies >Johns Hopkins University Forms Partnerships to Strengthen Nearby Neighborhoods in Central Baltimore   Johns Hopkins University Forms Partnerships to Strengthen Nearby Neighborhoods in Central Baltimore   Johns Hopkins University has long recognized that blighted and unsafe c...

Brunch with Alums--Baltimore
Our third annual dim sum brunch in Baltimore. Always great to catch up. Good food, good talk and good company with interesting discussion on development in Baltimore.
L to R: Chelsie (2015) and Ryan Rattanni (2015), Alex Chen (2016), Amber Wendland (2013).

2020 National Planning Conference Scholarship Application

2020 National Planning Conference Scholarship Application
Deadline: March 4, 2020
Sponsored by NCAC APA Please complete all questions to be considered for a scholarship for travel costs to the APA's National Planning Conference in Houston, April 25-28. Sponsored by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association. Deadline to submit: Wednesday, March 4 by 11:59 pm ET. Part- or fu...

Five-star reviews, one-star profits: The devaluation of businesses in Black communities

Mark your calendar: Feb 19, 2020
The Devaluation of Businesses in Black communities
The Brookings Institution
2 to 4 pm
Registration required Join us at Brookings on February 19, 2020.

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The 'Z' Word

Interesting reading for our Land Use alums living in Texas The story of Houston’s land-use policies is a lot more complicated than “no zoning.” The city is a big mixture of ordinances, policies, tactics by neighborhoods, and independent efforts by nonprofits.

Street network patterns reveal worrying worldwide trend towards urban sprawl

Interesting reading for our Land Use alums New research from McGill University and the University of California, Santa Cruz has found that the local streets of the world's cities are becoming less connected, a global trend that is driving urban sprawl and discouraging the use of public transportation.

Lunch with Alums-DC
Caught up with Viv Guerra (MCP, 2004), one of our DDOT alums. Interesting discussion about the challenges of transit accessibility as well as the growth of bike lanes in the District. Also talked about possibility of another Spring Alumni - Student lunch at the DDOT office--any student interest?

Mapped: The Anatomy of Land Use in the United States

Interesting reading for our Land Use planners:

Dr. Robert G. Stanton: “Triumphs and Challenges: How the National Parks System Is Reshaping Preservation to Include All America” | UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Any parks & rec-oriented folks - this should be really interesting! Wednesday 2/5 at 6pm Please join the Historic Preservation Program for a special Patterson lecture, reception and workshop featuring Dr. Robert G. Stanton, former director of the National Park Service. As NPS' first African American director, Dr. Stanton has taken particular interest in increasing the diversity of parks...

Society of Automotive Analysts - Are Consumers Ready for the Future of Mobility?

Michigan Alums--Mark your calendars: Feb 18, 2020 7:30 am to Noon, Detroit Marriott, Livonia, MI
Hear our own Dr. Robert Goodspeed (MCP 2008), now at UMIch, speak on the "New Mobility Paradigm for Urban Transportation Multimodal Planning and Street Design Principles."

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