Urban Planning is Not Boring

Passionate about climate change mitigation, finding equitable solutions to the housing crisis, and more, Sam Ellman and Natalie Ikhrata dive into various topics related to the field of urban planning that are anything but boring!

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November 21, 2022 00:35:52
What the Freeway (WTF): Eminent Domain and the Interstate Highway System

What the Freeway (WTF): Eminent Domain and the Interstate Highway System

Sam and Nat are beginning a mini-series to discuss all things freeway! Today they begin the series by diving into the history of the interstate highway system and provide some information regarding eminent domain and the role it played in freeway development across the country. Sam also provides some insights on a related case study in Santa Monica that she has been reviewing across this semester. This episode is anything but boring!   Sources: A Brief History Of How Racism Shaped Interstate Highways Beneath The Santa Monica Freeway Lies The Erasure Of Sugar Hill Below Market Housing Pilot Santa Monica tries to repay historically displaced families Santa Monica’s message to people evicted long ago for the 10 Freeway: Come home ...

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November 14, 2022 00:54:30
What is Builder's Remedy?

What is Builder's Remedy?

Welcome back to another episode of Urban Planning is Not Boring! Sam and Nat took a couple of weeks off to focus on school, work, travel, etc., but we are BACK! In this episode, we are talking about a relatively new phenomenon - builder's remedy. If you're from LA or living in LA currently, you've probably heard of the 4500 proposed units of housing in Santa Monica in response to builder's remedy. Why is there a sudden push to propose so much housing? Does builder's remedy have the potential to help us solve the housing crisis? We explore these questions and more in this week's episode! For more information, check out these resources: A Primer on California’s “Builder’s Remedy” for Housing-Element Noncompliance Builder’s remedy could allow thousands of new homes in California Santa Monica’s ‘builder’s remedy’ experiment holds lessons for the region City leaders still hope to block 15 of 16 builder’s remedy projects   ...

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October 24, 2022 00:56:39
Career Coaching with Kristy Kilbourne

Career Coaching with Kristy Kilbourne

Sam and Natalie sit down with Kristy Kilbourne, also know as @passionateplanning on Instagram, to bring listeners advice on how to navigate a career in planning. Covering topics from what employers are looking for in a potential new hire to what a career in planning actually looks like, this episode is one you won’t want to miss! If you’re an aspiring planner or an early-career planner, make sure you check out the free World Town Planning Day Student Event that the Canadian Institute of Planners is hosting online! Kristy will be delivering a keynote at the end of the day with her colleague Natalie Persaud RPP, MCIP. This event will be helpful for planners outside of Canada, as well! Where to find Kristy: Instagram LinkedIn Your Planning Career About Kristy: Kristy Kilbourne, MCIP, RPP, AICP (she/her) is a passionate urban planner, instructor, and career coach and mentor to planners.   Her professional background includes working in a variety of roles in the local government and non-profit sectors, as well as an independent consultant. She is an active member and volunteer with organizations including the Canadian Institute of Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute. As passionate about "the Planner" as the practice of planning, Kristy is also the founder of Your Planning Career, an organization that supports career development for planners. As a career coach, she cares deeply for planners and has had the privilege of supporting hundreds of planners and aspiring planners at all stages of their careers from across Canada, the U.S. and other parts of the world.  Kristy holds a Master's of Environmental Studies (Urban and Regional Planning) Degree and is currently a Ph.D student in the School of Planning at ...

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October 17, 2022 00:37:38
What is a Planning Commissioner?? A Conversation with Elizabeth Pino

What is a Planning Commissioner?? A Conversation with Elizabeth Pino

Welcome back to episode 15 of Urban Planning is Not Boring! This week, we have a very special guest on the podcast! Elizabeth Pino, a community engagement specialist and Planning Commissioner for the City of Torrance, speaks with Sam about everything from her role as a commissioner, how to get involved in public service, her experiences as a woman and mother, and the group that she helped found, Anti-Racist Moms (ARMs).  About Elizabeth Pino: Elizabeth Pino is a Latina immigrant, wife, proud mother, and passionate public servant.   She currently serves as Planning Commissioner for the City of Torrance and as a community engagement specialist for Wider Circle - a community-based health organization that drives better health for older adults and other vulnerable communities. Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, during one of the darkest times in the country, known as "The Pablo Escobar Era." Elizabeth witnessed things a young child shouldn’t have to. The country was going through a volatile political era. This experience helped shape her perspective and fully understand how any country can fall apart without proper government control. These injustices motivated her to attend a four-year university, studying Political Science, and choose a career serving others. She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on Nonprofits.  During her first year in college, she interned at City Hall Los Angeles with Councilman Greig Smith. Where her love for public service evolved. After graduating from college, she co-founded a non-profit called Kiikas.org. Through this non-profit, Kiikas helped to educate young women on self-awareness techniques and provide tools to increase proactive participation in their health.  Meet Elizabeth Pino ...

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October 11, 2022 00:57:33
The California Legislature Has Been Busy: A Policy Recap

The California Legislature Has Been Busy: A Policy Recap

Hello everyone! We are back after a brief break with our 14th episode! As you may know, the California State Legislature has been busy lately. Consequently, there has been a lot of legislation signed into law by Governor Newsom, with a lot of these new laws relating to and impacting our work as planners. Tune in for a conversation about a select few laws that we wanted to highlight: CARB’s Advanced Clean Cars II rule, AB-2097, AB-2011*, and SB-886. We hope that we are having a nuanced conversation that can be fruitful to everyone listening, despite being a bit critical of the bills!  However, there are SO many more bills that have been signed into law, so we wanted to provide some additional resources for those interested in learning more.  Some other bills that we we did not have time to cover… SB-1137: Would prohibit new oil and gas wells or extensive retrofitting of existing operations within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, nursing homes and hospitals AB-2147: Decriminalizes safely crossing the street at non-intersections. AB 1279: Codifies California’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2045 CalMatters Legislation Tracker Streets for All State Endorsements and Instagram page  *Related to AB-2221 And last, but certainly not least, we wanted to acknowledge that we are both currently residing on and recording this podcast from Tongva land. We did not go into depth on ...

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September 26, 2022 00:52:35
Embedded Planning Praxis with Jonathan Pacheco Bell

Embedded Planning Praxis with Jonathan Pacheco Bell

Sam and Nat have the pleasure of sitting down with Jonathan Pacheco Bell to discuss his Embedded Planning Praxis. We discuss the importance of moving from community engagement to community partnership in planning, focusing on the premise that planning does not happen from our desks! We have to plan in the spaces and places within the community. Listen to learn more about Jonathan and his Embedded Planning Praxis!  Where can you find Jonathan Pacheco Bell? Follow him on Instagram @c1typlann3r @embeddedplanning Some of Jonathan’s Most Notable Work:  2018 manifesto in #PlanMag declaring Embedded Planning praxis exists Article defining Embedded Planning praxis Article covering Embedded Planning and graffiti origins  Latest article on Embedded Planning praxis and environmental justice To find more of his work, check out his Linktree and his blog!  Shoutout of the episode: LA Neighborhood Land Trust ...

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