CONSULTING PLANNERS OF MASSACHUSETTS
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A new tremor is threatening to shake minority communities as protests over racial injustice sweep the country: A wave of evictions as a federal moratorium on kicking people out of their rental units expires.
The ban on evictions — which applies to rentals that are backed by the government — expires in a matter of weeks. On top of that, the federal boost to unemployment benefits that many laid-off workers have used to pay their rent is set to end July 31.
The breakdown shows that the virus has significantly and disproportionately hit Black and Hispanic communities.
...the Seaport Neighborhood is anyplace USA, filled with rather charmless glass and polished metal high-rises that are nearly all at the same height...
Mark Favermann, long time member of the Mass. Association of Consulting Planners. Check www.favermanndesign.com and read one of Mark's articles here:
"This is where community planners can be your biggest asset, your new best friend.."
Jenn Goldson, AICP, member of the Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners
In the Era of Coronavirus one of the few opportunities to be liberated from our shelter-in-place mandate is to go for a walk — as long as we wear a surgical mask and don’t go near anyone.
Mark Favermann, long time member of the Mass. Association of Consulting Planner
"We are in transition and will be so for at least the next 30 months"
Carol Todreas, a longtime member of the Mass. Association of Consulting Planners
"The urban planning field, like so many professions during the age of Coronavirus, is having an existential crisis. To most planners, fights over community plans, housing, and transportation projects seem trivial amidst a pandemic that could kill millions and bring down the global economy. The work of planners may seem unimportant right now, especially when compared to the life or death work of the medical profession, but it does have a role to play during this period."
“The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will be announcing today roads that will be closed to really encourage people to get outdoors and feel safe walking and biking and enjoying outdoors with the proper physical, distancing.
The closures are temporary, but Jill Locantore, head of the Denver Streets Partnership, sees an opportunity to show the public what “people-first streets” can do.
“This is basically a huge tactical urbanism project where we can temporarily demonstrate different uses for our streets and allow people to experience that,” Locantore said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to think about whether some of these changes should be made more permanent. Do we actually think our streets are functioning better this way and could continue to function this way even after we emerge from the crisis?”
Brian Barber, renowned planner, teacher, adviser, mentor, and friend, died in Florida recently at age 82. Please read this obituary that says so much about what Brian did for the planning community. A memorial service in the Boston area will be held in late spring.