Friday, April 16, 2010
The American Planning Association held its National Planning Conference, where 5,000 planners met last weekend in New Orleans. Coverage of the conference is available at the APA's website. They have a number of column-length press release articles about each of the major events, including the opening keynote by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan; the interesting-sounding Delta Urbanism Symposium; the APA/AICP Annual Meeting; the closing keynote by White House Urban Affairs Director Adolfo Carion, Jr.; and other events. According to the APA's write-up, Carrion spoke for President Obama:
"I bring you greetings on behalf of the President of the United States of America," said Carrión. "I think you know more than most associations, professions, or interest groups that the President really gets this profession. He understands the importance place planning plays in the national and global conversation."
In an inspiring speech, Carrión explained the administration's support for smart planning, innovation, and sustainability to make our cities, towns, villages, and country a better place to live. . . .
He explained that it is the job of the federal government to support our local communities and help create a better quality of life.