Holy moly, its been 2 months since my last post.  Lets change that- today!  Heres a little bit of what I’ve been up to, whats on my radar, and what I’ve been thinking about when it comes to the built environment:

– The American Planning Association’s annual National Conference is coming up!  Ok, so its not next week, but it is in April and tomorrow is the last day to register for early registration.  While I have attended the last two (in New Orleans and Boston), I’m especially excited about this year for two main reasons:  it is taking place in my lovely hometown of Los Angeles, and I will be speaking at it with my great friend and colleague Angela Fortino.  We will be in the student capstone presentations discussing our work on Mexico City’s transportation system, specifically focusing on a particular station and our respective redesigns it and the surrounding community.  It will be really thrilling to have many of my friends from grad school coming to LA, and of course I love meeting new people and learning about new ideas and projects at conferences.  If you’re actually reading this, and you aren’t my mother (ha!), you should consider attending.

– Antioch University’s Masters of Sustainability program, which I was peripherally involved in starting up, has been kind enough to allow be to remain involved in many of their lectures and trips.  In January, I went on a fascinating field trip to Roger Jessup Park in Pacoima, where we met students involved in their youth program, toured their urban garden, and learned about the wide variety of programs and courses offered through Youth Speak Collective and Project Youth Green.  The gardens are all utilized by local families who do not have gardens of their own, and the produce grown there is sold at a local farmers market.  We heard how each of the high school students present had been personally impacted by the program, and it was incredibly heartwarming. Read the rest of this entry »