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.
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.
wjla.com 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...
MD Department of Transportation writes about our own Andrew Bernish (MCP 2012).
news.mdot.maryland.gov 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.
Interesting reading for our Transportation alums
madison.com 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
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.
news.theregistrysf.com Elevate event, The Registry, CREW San Francisco, CREW Silicon Valley, East Bay CREW, Bay Area, women of influence award
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.
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 ...
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)
Our own Robert Goodspeed (MCP 2008), now, Assistant Professor, the University of Michigan, in the news again. Interesting work on rent evictions in Detroit.
detroitnews.com 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.
arch.umd.edu Board praises program as an “ideal laboratory for learning”
Happy Birthday, Jane Jacobs !
google.com Celebrating Jane Jacobs’ 100th Birthday! #GoogleDoodle
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.
nbcwashington.com 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...
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
Biking in the news again--
Keep safe, practice social distancing, and remember to wash your hands.
forbes.com “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.
Interesting reading for our biking alumni
global.chinadaily.com.cn 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.
Hot off the press! and Interesting reading for all planners, Rob Goodspeed's (MCP, 2008), "Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions". https://cup.columbia.edu/book/a/9781558444003
cup.columbia.edu 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
See our Patricia Codina (MCP 2005) as she works to address the current crisis.
whyy.org 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.
planetizen.com 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).
Interesting reading from Maryland Dept of Planning Blog
mdplanningblog.com 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…
Interesting reading for our economic development alums-
census.gov 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...
Interesting reading regarding University-Community Partnerships
huduser.gov 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
Deadline: March 4, 2020
Sponsored by NCAC APA
docs.google.com 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...
Mark your calendar: Feb 19, 2020
The Devaluation of Businesses in Black communities
The Brookings Institution
2 to 4 pm
brookings.edu Join us at Brookings on February 19, 2020.
Graduators: Don't forget to apply for graduation TODAY!
If you plan on graduation in spring 2020, you have to apply for graduation!
Find the graduation application here: http://registrar.umd.edu/current/Policies/grad%20info.html
Find more information regarding commencement here: https://umd.edu/commencement/spring-2020
Interesting reading for our Land Use alums living in Texas
planning.org 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.
Interesting reading for our Land Use alums
phys.org 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?
Interesting reading for our Land Use planners:
Any parks & rec-oriented folks - this should be really interesting! Wednesday 2/5 at 6pm
arch.umd.edu 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...
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."
CPJT is 1 of 12 invitation only living/learning programs for academically talented, first and second-year students enrolled in majors and programs at UMCP.
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) functions as the liaison between students and the University Health Center, essentially the “student voice."
The University of Maryland will provide domestic and overseas language instruction to ROTC students nationwide through Project GO.
Evy's Daycare is a family home daycare located in College Park, MD.
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The Graduate Student Accounting Association (GSAA) was established to enhance the academic, professional, and social experience of MS Accounting students.
An educational club for aspiring beekeepers, we manage hives located on campus and welcome anyone interested in learning to work with honeybees. Open to all students! We meet on Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm in the Plant Sciences Building room 2107.
Dar-us-Salaam is committed to sharing the message of Islam through sincere action, by developing a model Islamic community based upon and adhering to the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
The school currently houses six programs: Architecture; Urban Studies and Planning; Historic Preservation; Real Estate Development, the Ph.D. program in Urban and Regional Planning; and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
A Guide to Exploring the Arts and Humanities in the 21st Century. Explore more at www.beworldwise.umd.edu.