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  • Friday, January 25, 2019 3:32 PM | John Gelcich, AICP (Administrator)

    https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/01/commuting-to-work-data-car-public-transit-bike/580507/

    We are cleaving into two nations—one where daily life revolves around the car, and the other where the car is receding in favor of walking, biking, and transit.


  • Friday, January 25, 2019 3:31 PM | John Gelcich, AICP (Administrator)

    https://www.ci.southbridge.ma.us/human-resources/news/position-available-town-plannerconservation-agent-0

    Town Planner & Conservation Agent, Economic Development and Planning – Town of Southbridge

    The Town of Southbridge seeks qualified candidates for the full time position of Town Planner/Conservation Agent in the Economic Development & Planning Department.

    Responsibilities include providing specialized technical, administrative, and customer service support to the department, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, and other Town Boards/Commissions as required.

    Professional expertise, critical thinking and interpersonal skills needed to accomplish varied functions ranging from routine to complex. Master’s degree in Urban/Regional Planning, Environmental Planning, or related field with 3 plus years of experience in a municipality preferred, or Bachelor’s degree in Urban/Regional Planning, Environmental Planning or a related field, with 5 plus years of experience in a municipality; Knowledge of practices, processes, and principles of municipal planning and permitting, including associated Massachusetts and federal statutes governing land use/zoning/conservation and the Wetlands and Rivers Protection Acts. Experience providing staff support to a Planning Board a must. AICP certification preferred. Experience working with Conservation Commissions and ZBAs a plus. MS-4 certification a plus.

    Hiring salary range $63,319 - $72,817 per year.

    Submit cover letter, resume and Town of Southbridge Employment Application to Town Manager’s office: 41 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA 01550, or fax to (508)764-5425 or email to kferron@southbridgemass.org.

    Position open until filled, with best consideration given to applications received by February 7, 2019 when review of applications will commence.


  • Monday, December 17, 2018 12:26 PM | John Gelcich, AICP (Administrator)

    Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland), speaker of the Oregon House, is drafting legislation that would end single-family zoning in cities of 10,000 or more: "The state’s housing crisis requires a combination of bolder strategies."

    https://www.wweek.com/news/state/2018/12/14/could-oregon-become-the-first-state-to-ban-single-family-zoning/

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:01 AM | John Gelcich, AICP (Administrator)

    Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet will present their third consecutive annual version of “The Nutcracker,” this time placing the story inside the 1893 Columbian Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair.

    https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/is-this-the-most-graceful-urban-planning-history-lesson-ever

  • Thursday, November 01, 2018 9:42 AM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

    The Third Transportation Revolution is here. In the emerging world of 'micro rentals' and shared asset ownership, the access economy, pioneered by Uber and AirBnB, is expanding to local transportation options, often called micro-mobility, or BTW (Better Than Walking). The melding of simple existing technology like traditional bicycles and skateboards with lithium-ion batteries and powerful computing technology has created a whole new way for people to travel relatively short distances.

    The policy and design issues surrounding this new and growing type of personal mobility, be it personally owned electric skateboards, dock-less bikes, or shared electric scooters, are challenges which governments, businesses, advocacy groups, and regular citizens are all struggling to address.

    This conference brings together thought leaders from government, industry, and user groups to explore the technological, policy, and physical infrastructure complications we must address as we jointly move into this New Urban Mobility future.

    12:00-12:20: WELCOME

    12:20-12:50: KEYNOTE: How does micro-mobility incorporate new and emerging technologies? What are the implications and mathematical impacts of vehicle occupancy, pooling, congestion, sharing, multi-modal networks, etc.

     1:00-2:15: PANEL DISCUSSION 1: Potential and current impact of emerging and existing technology-based micro-mobility such as scooters, micro-electric vehicles (MEVs), e-bikes, and one-wheels.

    2:30-3:45: PANEL DISCUSSION 2: Regional infrastructure and regulatory challenges such as data sharing, equity, land use and right of way, parking and charging, speed limits, and licensing, zoning, and permitting.

    3:45-4:15: Q&A OF ALL SPEAKERS

    4:15-5:00: CLOSING REMARKS & SHOWROOM EXHIBIT: Exhibit will have multiple devices on display including micro electric-vehicles, bike-shares, e-bikes, e-scooters, one-wheels, etc.

    *Light snacks will be provided

    Contact MGutierrez@CambridgeMA.gov with any questions.


  • Friday, October 12, 2018 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    MACP and Mass. APA welcome Anthony Flint of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to introduce and discuss the Ric Burns film, "The City and the World (1945-2000)." Flint wrote Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City and has authored dozens of pieces about planning and smart growth.

    Mr. Flint will discuss Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses and the contributions both made to the growth of New York from the viewpoint of planners.

    Food and beverage will be provided.  Reception at 6:00 pm; program begins at 6:15 pm. Free.  Location: Jacobs office, 120 St. James Ave. fl. 5, Back Bay. RSVP by October 19 (required). E-mail Anne.McKinnon@jacobs.com .

    AICP members can earn 1.5 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at www.planning.org/cm . 

    CM I 1.5


  • Monday, September 10, 2018 4:39 PM | Anonymous

    Please join us Thurs. night (9/13) when we will kick off the Fall DUSP/MIT occasional Urban Planning Film Series with a classic Boston film.

    Urban Planning Film Series: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) Thurs., September 13, 2018

    In 1973, before THE DEPARTED, THE TOWN, MYSTIC RIVER, GONE BABY GONE, or BLACK MASS -- when Boston was truly gritty and as down-on-its-luck as a two-bit gangster -- Robert Mitchum packed a generation's worth of despair, resignation, and existential angst into in THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE....

    Time: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

    Location: MIT 3-133 (<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__whereis.mit.edu_-3Fgo-3D3&d=DwIGaQ&c=OgZOSER8c1RLeytEexU279Q2qk0jVwkrOdYe5iSi-kk&r=hQq5dulsVAvmbV62VY-BmkQt1LOkf4E55YyzcSzSSuA&m=m6voY487Xo4oWFcfXz6S-BXO7Dp-9c5QKRPlpCWY6aE&s=4zySwaDDwtMN-4eRINf9I7_t5CzNofnUSht8GahupHQ&e=>).

    The great Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie "Fingers"

    Coyle in an adaptation of George V. Higgins's acclaimed novel, directed by by Peter Yates (BULLITT, BREAKING AWAY). World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he's forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free. Directed with an eye for its gritty locales and an open heart for its less-than-heroic characters, this is a treasure of 1970s Hollywood film-making --- a suspenseful crime drama in stark, unforgiving daylight.

    Part of the MIT/DUSP Urban Planning Film Series. Free, open to the general public; popcorn and movie snacks provided.

    --

    Ezra Haber Glenn, AICP

    Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

    77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 7-346

    Cambridge, MA 02139

    eglenn@mit.edu


  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 9:22 AM | Anonymous


    "As debts pile up, whole new cities of apartment towers sit largely empty amid flashy 

    amenities such as museums, stadiums, and a replica of the Sphinx; residents wonder 

    when they'll have neighbors..."

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/mcsvqn322anqhi7/WSJ%20-%20China%E2%80%99s%20Ghost%20Towns%20Haunt%20Its%20

  • Monday, May 28, 2018 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    Hello! I am a recent Master of Science graduate from Tuft's University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and have a specialization certificate in Water, Systems, Science and Society. My knowledge and interest areas include climate adaptation, waterfront planning, community economic development, and equitable green design. I aiming to work full-time and contribute to a firm or projects using my skills in community outreach, data visualization, and research. If you'd like to connect please send an email to daleeko@gmail.com or a message via LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-kohn). 


Contact: Leonardi Aray, President | MAConsultingPlanners@gmail.com
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