PSC recognizes that the history of planning in the U.S. and abroad highlights the need for reflection and innovation in terms of how planning practice engages with the least represented and most marginalized communities, which have historically tended to be racial and religious minorities, immigrants from the global South, and indigenous peoples.
PSC thus welcomes ALL students (not just students of color) in the spirit of fostering more dialogue, skills-building, problem-solving, and reflection. Between the classroom and the workplace, a space like PSC aims to be a resource for all students to explore and confront issues that are central to the field of planning and public policy.
PSC and Preservation Studies Student Organization Present "Perspectives on Gentrification: White Flight Meets Bobos in Paradise" (November 8)
This student forum gave us all an opportunity to continue our debate on gentrification, thanks to presentations and questions posed by our fellow students who have work and research experience on this topic:
Faculty Dinner and Dialogue (November 30)
Dinner and dialogue with CRP faculty member Clement Lai, jointly appointed with Asian-American Studies, and Professor Barry Maxwell, Comparative Literature and American Studies. Among a thousand other topics, we talked about the commodification and suburbanization of cities and public spaces, 9th Ward Greyhound bus tours, policing and incarceration, enclosures and criminalization, and...where poetry comes in. When are we suspicious of urban "regeneration" programs and when are we ourselves regenerated?
The "My Neighborhood" Marathon
A low-tech sharing session on the neighborhoods we grew up in - what we remember, what has changed for residents, how these places have shaped us, and whether gentrification or other forms of planning-related structural interventions are happening there.
Lance Freeman, Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia, discussed "There Goes the 'Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up".
Spring Workshop 2007
The second annual department-wide workshop to discuss class, race, gender, ethnicity, and citizenship status within the department. Staff, faculty, and students, both grads and undergrads, were in attendance.
PSC was awarded the Hatfield Grant on Business Ethics, which funded a study trip to Rochester, NY to explore real estate development ethics.