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Welcome to New York City and the 2004 Planners Network Conference: Walls or Bridges – Strategies
for Rebuilding Communities. ¡Bienvenidos a Nueva York!

New York has been home to many great community activists and advocacy planners. Some of them are
well known throughout the world, others remain local heroes and heroines. The list includes Jane
Benedict, Linda Davidoff, Paul Davidoff, Frances Goldin, Jesse Gray, Jane Jacobs, Peter Marcuse, Esther
Rand, Ron Shiffman, Walter Thabit, and Jane Woods (apologies for omissions). You’ll meet some of
them here. You’ll also hear a lot about the legacy of New York’s legendary top-down planner, Robert

We look forward to another great PN conference, and we’re excited about the diverse and thought-
provoking lineup of speakers, plenaries and workshops. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask
one of our many volunteers. Don’t forget to stop by the Planners Network table near the registration desk
to get more information on joining PN, a conference T-shirt, and back issues of PN’s magazine and
newsletters. Enjoy your stay in La Gran Manzana!

                           CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Thursday June 24         5-8 PM          Opening Reception,
                                         Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Ave. @ 51st St.

Friday June 25           9 AM - 3 PM     Participatory Community Workshops (different locations)
                         5 - 9 PM        Pioneers of Advocacy Planning, Reception and Music
                                         Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

Saturday June 26         9AM - 7 PM      Workshops, Speakers, Plenary Panels and Closing Reception
                                         Hunter College, Brookdale Campus, Manhattan (E. 25th St. &
                                         1st Ave.)

Sunday June 27           9 - 12 AM       Planners Network Organizing/Breakfast Meeting
                                         Hunter College Brookdale Campus


                             Thursday, June 24, Municipal Art Society, 3-8 PM

                   Friday, June 25, Hunter College, 8 AM - 4 PM, Pratt Institute 5 – 7 PM

                             Saturday, June 26, Hunter College, 8 AM - 2 PM

                            LOCATIONS AND SUBWAY DIRECTIONS

           Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Ave. @ 51st St.
            Take #6 to 51st St., "E" to Lexington Ave./53rd St.
             Pratt Institute, between DeKalb & Willoughby Aves., Brooklyn. From Manhattan, take "A"
              to Hoyt-Schermerhorn, transfer to "G," go two stops to Clinton-Washington, exit at front of
              train, walk one block east to Hall, turn left, go one block north to DeKalb Ave., enter campus.

             Hunter College Brookdale Campus (E. 25th St. & 1st Ave.). Take #6 to 23rd St., walk or bus
              east to 1st Ave., go north two blocks. Campus entrance is east of 1st Ave.

                           KEYNOTE AND PLENARY SESSIONS
                                         KEYNOTE SPEAKER
                                        Saturday, June 27, 9 AM,
                        Hunter College Brookdale Campus (E. 25th St. and 1st Ave.)

  DIANA BUTTU will come from the Occupied Palestinian Territories to discuss the current conflict and
  the breakdown of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, and begin to map a road to peace
from a Palestinian perspective. She will talk about the Israeli Wall, house demolitions and apartheid in the
   region. She is a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and legal advisor to the Negotiations Affairs Department
    of the Palestine Liberation Organization. She attended the Taba negotiations in January 2001 and is a
                             frequent guest on CNN, Canadian TV and the BBC.

                       Friday, June 26, 5 PM (Pratt Institute, Brooklyn)

                                    FRANCES FOX PIVEN (Moderator)

                            LINDA DAVIDOFF (posthumously)

                   Discussants: LEE CHONG, EVA HANHARDT, MITCHELL SILVER

       Followed by a RECEPTION with music and dancing by SERGIO RIVERA AND FRIENDS

                              ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PLENARY
        Saturday, June 27, 12 noon, Hunter College Brookdale Campus (E. 25th St. and 1st Ave.)

                       EDDIE BAUTISTA (Moderator), urban planner and organizer
                              New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

             HAROLD MITCHELL, CEO, ReGenesis, Spartanburg, South Carolina
           ELIZABETH YEAMPIERRE, Director, United Puerto Ricans of Sunset Park
     MICHAEL LEON GUERRERO, Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice,
                                Albuquerque, NM.

            Saturday, June 27, 5 PM, Hunter College Brookdale Campus (E. 25th St. and 1st Ave.)

                  JACKIE LEAVITT (Moderator), University of California at Los Angeles
                         SHEELA PATEL, Slum Dwellers International
                           JAN PETERSON, Huariou Commission
                  ETHEL VELEZ, New York City Public Housing Residents Alliance

                      FRIDAY COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
                      Meeting times and places are all different. See below for details.


The Cooper Square Alternative Plan is the oldest community plan for low-income housing in New York
City. Learn from community leaders Frances Goldin, Walter Thabit, and others about the 45-year history
of struggle that turned the defeat of a Robert Moses urban renewal plan into new development with an
unprecedented proportion of low-income housing units. Learn about and visit special needs housing,
mutual housing associations, the local land trust and federal credit union.

        MEET:            9:00 AM at The Cooper Square Committee, 61 East 4th Street (212-228-8210)

        Directions:      Take #6 train to Bleeker St. or "D/F/V" to Broadway/Lafayette. Walk up
                         Lafayette, turn right on E. 4th St.

        COORDINATOR: Tom Angotti

EAST HARLEM (Manhattan)

Meet with Ethel Velez, head of the James Weldon Johns Tenants Association and director of the NYC
Public Housing Residents Alliance, and other activists engaged in efforts to improve the lives of public
housing tenants in the city through economic development, capacity building and leadership training. The
Alliance works in partnership with resource organizations such as the Community Service Society, Legal
Aid Society and TRADES, a coalition of unions, public housing residents and community groups.

        MEET:            9:15 AM at Tossed Café, 295 Park Ave. between 22nd and 23rd St.

        Directions:      Take #6 Train to 23rd Street, walk ½ block south

        COORDINATOR: Deanna Fowler


Meet with members of Queens Community Board 3 and the Corona Business Corporation who have been
working with Hunter College students and faculty to develop plans for Corona Plaza as a center for the
"new immigrant" communities of Colombians, Dominicans, Ecuadorians, Mexicans and many others.
Learn about issues facing immigrant-owned businesses, a collaborative demographic and economic
mapping project in the area, and proposals for local economic development.

        MEET:           9 AM at Community Board 3 office, 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 606

        Directions:     Take #7 (local, not express) train to 82nd Street stop. Go north up 82nd Street
                        and walk one block to 37th Street, turn right and it's the tall building near the

        COORDINATORS: Lynn McCormick, Arturo Sanchez


Dutch Kills has been a dynamic mixed-use residential and industrial community for over 200 years. The
population has grown younger, poorer, and is now multi-ethnic. Dutch Kills is also home to a thriving arts
community that includes several nationally-renowned museums and the Kaufman-Astoria television
studios. Meet with community leaders and learn about the planning efforts undertaken with Hunter
College students and faculty.

        MEET:           10:00 AM at St. Georges Church, corner of 31st Street and 39th Avenue.

        Directions:     Take the "N" or "W" train from Manhattan to the 39th Ave. stop, which is
                        directly outside the church.

        COORDINATOR: Susan Turner-Meiklejohn


The complex web of neighborhoods that make up the South Bronx have recovered from the massive
abandonment of the 1970s, but the winds of gentrification and displacement are blowing strongly.
Community groups have been forced to reevaluate strategies that helped in their recovery. See these
changes through the eyes of three unique community organizations: SoBRO, Mothers on the Move, and
The Point. We will get around via subway and foot, so bring comfortable shoes and a Metrocard.

        MEET #1:        9:00 AM at 10 Union Square East (Starbucks);

        Directions:     Take N,R,W,Q,4,5,6,L to Union Square

        OR MEET #2 10:00 am at SoBro, 555 Bergen Street, Bronx.

        Directions:     Take the #2 or #5 to 3rd avenue/149th street, walk one block to Bergen Avenue
                        & 149th Street, turn left and the entrance is on your left.

        COORDINATOR: Alex Schafran


Learn about the mixed-use plan to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory, believed to be the largest Armory
in the world, developed through a participatory planning process by the Northwest Bronx Community and
Clergy Coalition. A Community Benefits Agreement calls for several schools, small retail spaces,
community space, athletic facilities and movie theaters. Visit New Settlement Apartments, an
economically integrated and ethnically diverse housing development of 995 families, 30% of them
formerly homeless. In addition to managing housing, New Settlement operates numerous youth
development programs.

       MEET:           9:00 AM at The Capital Diner, Kingsbridge Road & Jerome Avenue.

       Directions:     Take #4 train to Kingsbridge Road (Bronx). The Capital Diner is on the
                       southwest corner. Travel time from Union Square is at least 45 minutes, from
                       Hunter College Brookdale Center it's closer to an hour, and from Pratt it may
                       take 90 minutes.

       COORDINATOR: Jackie DelValle


Visit this traditionally poor and working class community which was revitalized by innovative
community development and organizing efforts and is now facing rising rents and displacement as it has
become one of the hottest real-estate markets in the city. The NYC Planning Department is proposing to
re-zone over 200 blocks of waterfront and upland property, which could further displace residents and
jobs and add over 50% more households to the area. You'll need an unlimited Weekly Metro Card ($21)
or One Day FUN PASS ($7) as we'll use public transit to see as much of the neighborhood as possible.

       MEET:           9:00 AM at Jennings Hall (260 Powers St.)

       Directions:     Take the L train at 14th St. to GRAND ST. (4th Stop in Brooklyn) Exit via the
                       right hand stairs and you will be at Grand St. and Bushwick Ave. Cross
                       Bushwick Ave. to the front of the Chase Bank. Make a left and walk one block
                       north to Powers St. Make a right and you will see the entrance to Jennings Hall
                       (260 Powers St.) just ahead of you.

       COORDINATORS: Julie Lawrence and Alison Cordero

EAST NEW YORK (Brooklyn)

Learn about an innovative community agriculture and green market program in one of Brooklyn's most
abandonment-affected neighborhoods.

       MEET #1:        9AM Union Square

       Directions:     4,5,6,Q,N,R,W,L to 14th Street/Union Sqaure

       Or MEET #2: 10AM United Community Centers building, 613 New Lots Ave. corner of
                   Schenck Ave.

       Directions:     3 Train to New Lots Avenue. Walk two blocks to 613 New Lots Avenue.

       Contact         Kali Mohamedou: cell phone is (347) 731-6966.
All workshops are participatory in nature, and should include ample discussion from both
panelists and attendees.

                                         Morning Session 10:15 – 11:45

Building Communities through Placemaking
- Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces
- Ethan Kent, Project for Public Spaces

Green Buildings in New York City
- Bomee Jung, GreenHome NYC, New York
- Andrew Padian, Steven Winter Associates
- Les Bluestone, Blue Sea Construction Corp. (Invited)
- Jeremy Reiss, Urban Agenda, NYC Central Labor Council and the Queens College Labor Resource
Center, CUNY
- A representative of the Queens Botanical Garden

The Search for Common Ground - Environmental Justice and Industrial Retention
- Laura Wolf-Powers, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
- Jema Cabrais, NY Industrial Retention Network, Brooklyn
- Eva Hanhardt, Municipal Art Society Planning Center, New York
- Paula Crespo, PICCED, Brooklyn (Moderator)

Housing Abandonment in NYC and Homefront: A 30-year Retrospective
- Tony Schuman, NJ Institute of Technology (moderator)
- Ann Meyerson, Brooklyn Historical Society
- Tom Angotti, Hunter College, New York
- Francis Goldin, Cooper Square Committee
- Mimi Rosenberg, WBAI

Expansion Into Manhattanville: How Can Columbia University Do The Right Thing?
- Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health, Co-director of the Mailman School
of Public Health's Community Research Group
- Peter Marcuse, Professor of Urban Planning, Prior Chairperson of Community Board 9’s Housing
- Nellie Bailey, Harlem Tenant’s Council
- Tom Demott, Coalition to Preserve Community
- Peggy Shepard, Environment Committee Chair, Columbia Community Advisory Committee Executive
Director of West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT)

Indigenous Planning
- Ted Jojola, University of New Mexico
- Sean Robin, Indigenous Planning Times Magazine
- Celene Elm, Oneida Nation

Small Town Planning in Upstate New York: The Liberty, Ithaca, and Nichols Cases
Many small towns and villages are embracing participatory planning techniques in an effort to revitalize
their local economic situations, protect desirable open spaces, and achieve other diverse community goals.
Working in small towns presents different challenges than big cities. Individuals involved in three such
efforts will describe the successes and challenges they faced as they worked in Upstate New York and
will draw principles principals of good practice.
- Joshua Abrams, Community Planning Consultants/Liberty Economic Action Project
- Tim Logue, Neighborhood Planning, Ithaca Neighborhood-Based Planning Initiative, City of Ithaca
- Leiko Toyoda and Yimmui Chan, Greater Nichols Comprehensive Planning Project, Department of City
and Regional Planning, Cornell University

Issues in Community Development Finance
- James De Filippis, Baruch College, New York
- Cliff Rosenthal, NFCDCU
- Justine Zinkin, Credit Where Credit Is Due/Neighborhood Trust
- Michael Flannigan, Citbank/New School University
Activist Planning and the Neo-liberal City
- Heather McLean, City of Toronto, Planning Action
- Sue Bunce – Planning Action, York University
- Deborah Cowen, Planning Action, University of Toronto
- Mike Ma, Metro Network for Social Justice, Chinese Canadian National Council, Planning Action,
York University

Participatory Planning in Italy
- Caterina Timpanaro, Catania, Italy
- Claudia Coccetti
- Ray Lorenzo, ABCitta, Milano, Italy
- Cristina Brasciano

                                   Afternoon Session I – 1:15 – 2:45

Building Walls and Bridging Gaps: Recognizing Spatial and Cultural Territorializations in Daily
- Shannon Doyle, Brock University
- Margaret Cowell, State University of New York at Buffalo
- Joanna Rogalski, State University of New York at Buffalo
- Anneliese Vance, State University of New York at Buffalo
- Fida' Abdul Latif, State University of New York at Buffalo

Starting a Community Design Center
- Ann Forsyth, University of Minnesota (Moderator)
- Stephen Goldsmith, Director, Rose Fellowship, The Enterprise Foundation
- Katie Swenson and Colin Arnold, two current Rose Fellows working in Virginia

Preserving Federally-Subsidized Housing in the US
- Katie Taylor, PICCED, Brooklyn
- Emily Achtenberg, housing policy and development consultant
- Dina Levy, UHAB, New York
- Anne Lessy, Tenants & Neighbors, New York
- Vic Bach, Community Service Society, New York
- Louise Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition

The Arts, Economic Revitalization And Community Development
Arts-based economic development is suddenly sizzling, with cities and towns planning arts overlay
districts, starting local arts development corporations and marketing their edgy neighborhoods to artists as
places to live and work and to the general public as places to come and be entertained. At the same time,
grassroots groups rely on the arts as a catalyst to engage local youth, promote community cultural
expression and initiate social activism. Are these two trends bound to collide? Can planners help make
them compatible?
- Joan Byron, PICCED, Brooklyn
- Jennifer Fuqua, Forest Hills Community House, Queens
- Norma Rantisi, Concordia University, Toronto
- Dan Weissmann, Albany Park Theater Project, Chicago
- Laura Wolff-Powers, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, (Moderator)

The Emerging Role of Colleges and Universities in Promoting Non-Colonial Economic
The economic uncertainty and budget cuts facing many local communities are forcing selected officials to
pursue new forms of public/private partnerships in order to plan and implement important economic and
community development initiatives. One of the increasingly important forms of local development
partnerships involve grassroots organizations working with nearby universities. This session will explore
the origins, evolution, promise and challenges of community/university development partnerships through
the examination of several cases, including: UPENN/West Philadelphia, Salish/Kootinae
College/Flathead Indian Reservation, and several Historic Black Colleges and Universities.
- Sigmund Shipp, Associate Professor, Hunter College of the City University of New York
- Joseph Bowes, Housing Coordinator, Mutual Housing Association, Ithaca, NY
- Kenneth Reardon, Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
- Mary Bombardier, Director, Service-Learning Office, Hampshire College

Graffiti and Public Art
- Fernando Marti, Mission Housing Development, San Francisco
- Rebecca Ward, Goldsmith College, Univ. of London

Community-based Planning in NYC
This workshop will look at examples of different types of community-based planning happening in New
York City and will focus on the role of planners in supporting these community-based planning
- Eva Hanhardt, Municipal Art Society Planning Center, New York (Moderator)
- Jennifer Sun, Asian Americans for Equality, New York
- Mercedes Narciso, Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development, Brooklyn
- Timothy Logan, New York

The Walls and Bridges of Transportation Planning
ROOM 237
- Jane Holtz Kay, Author of Asphalt Nation, Boston
- Aaron Naparstek, Freelance Writer
- Tom Angotti, Hunter College, New York

Women and Planning: Shared Experiences and Ongoing Struggles
An interactive workshop drawing on the participants' as well as the organizers' experiences of women's
issues in planning.
- Barbara Rahder, Toronto, Canada
- Carol Altilia

Security? And for Whom? The Impact of Israel's Apartheid Wall on Palestinian Communities
A multi-media workshop that will provide an introduction to the socioeconomic, cultural and public
health impacts of this "apartheid wall," as well as outlining the strong community response that has
developed to oppose construction and preserve land rights.
- Amy Laura Cahn, Jews Against the Occupation, International Solidarity Movement
- Rebekah Wolf, Jews Against the Occupation, International Solidarity Movement

                                  Afternoon Session II – 3:00 – 4:30

The Community Information Technology Initiative: GIS as a Resource for Community Boards
The Municipal Art Society Planning Center will demonstrate the use of its new website,,
that was created to provide NYC community boards and community groups easy access to neighborhood-
level land use data and interactive maps.
- Micaela Birmingham, Director, Municipal Art Society Planning Center
- Eve Baron, Senior Planner, Municipal Art Society Planning Center
- Community board members participating in the CITI demonstration project

Sustaining a Community Design Center
- Ann Forsyth, University of Minnesota (Moderator)
- Kathy Dorgan, former president of the Association of Community Design Centers
- Ron Shiffman, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
- Ethan Cohen, CUNY, New York

The Search for Common Ground - Inclusionary Zoning and Industrial Retention
- Alex Schafran, Hunter College, New York (moderator)
- Brad Lander, PICCED, Brooklyn
- Laura Wolf-Powers, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
- Fernando Marti, Mission Housing Development Corporation, San Francisco

Women led innovations in poor communities and global linkages
-Marilu Sanchez, Estrategia, Peru
-Sandy Scheilen, GROOTS International
-Ayse Yonder, Pratt Institute and Huairou Commission

Developing a Theoretical Framework for Progress Community Planning and Development
Pierre Clavel will present an overview of the historical development, current state, and future challenges
confronting the community development movement. In doing so, he will present cases suggesting the
emergence of a rigorous theory of community development out of the experience of its practitioners; in an
effort to engage the session participants in a spirited discussion of "the search for a progressive theory of
community development."
- Pierre Clavel, Professor and Chairperson, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell
University; author of The Progressive City and co-author of Harold Washington and the Neighborhoods
- Robb Burlage, Visiting Professor, Robert J. Milano School of Urban Policy and Management and
National Organizing Staff, of the National Health Care Security Initiative of the National Council of
- Jim Converse, Director of Housing, Commonwealth, Inc., Youngstown, Ohio

The Thrills, Spills, and Chills of Resident-Led Planning: Stories from the Field
The failure of top-down planning models in addressing the environmental, economic, and social problems
confronting severely distressed urban communities has led to the emergence of a vibrant community-
based, resident-led organizing, planning, and development movement. Presenters will discuss various
citizen-led planning efforts and the principles of empowerment planning which emerge from these
examples. Among the cases to be discussed will be the: Fifth Avenue Committee, Brooklyn, NY; Sector
Four Community Development Project, Rochester, New York; and the East St. Louis Action Research
- Michael Powell, Community Development Specialist, Housing and Community Development Network
of New Jersey
- Tanya Zwhalen, Planner, Bergmann Associates
- Kenneth Reardon, Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning

Hearing Children’s Voices
- Ray Lorenzo, (ABCitta, Italy)
- Roger Hart, CUNY Graduate Center, New York
- Annie Clark, Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment

Olympics and Counter-Olympics
- Richard Milgrom, University of Minnesota
- Stephen Goldsmith, Enterprise Foundation
- Arturo Sanchez, Queens Community Board 3, Pratt Institute
Globalization versus Local Planning
ROOM 218
- Tom Angotti, Hunter College, New York
- Alejandro Rofman, Argentina
- Georgi Potaev, Belarus
             9-12 AM, Hunter College Brookdale Campus

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