2014 CRP Graduate Wins McClure Award

October 22, 2014

Max Taffet (M.R.P. '14) was recently awarded the 2014 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Edward McClure Award for Best Masters Student Paper. Taffet's paper, titled "Theory in Practice: PLAN-Boulder County's Blue Line," is based on a paper he originally wrote for the course Urban Theory, taught by Visiting Lecturer Sudeshna Mitra (M.R.P. '07, Ph.D. CRP '13).

Taffet's paper discusses the factors that contributed to the present-day greenbelt boundaries surrounding Boulder, Colorado. He chronicles the early beginnings of the community group PLAN-Boulder County, and the significant events involved in the creation of the city's growth boundary. Taffet cites multiple primary research sources including historic planning documents from the city of Boulder from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and community audio archives with interviews from the early PLAN-Boulder activists. According to Taffet, Boulder's economy would not be as strong as it is today without the creation of the greenbelt and the strategic land controls and acquisitions that occurred during the creation of these boundaries.

Taffet served on the board of PLAN-Boulder for two years prior to coming to Cornell, and credits the organization with sparking his interest in the field of planning. Taffet is now a project manager for the New York City Economic Development Corporation working in the ports and transportation division.

Excerpted from an article written by Zoe Siegel for the Cornell Planner.

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