47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

Paper Presenters - Submit your paper to your panel’s moderator by April 3, 2017

Thursday, April 20 • 9:10am - 10:35am
TH9.10.16 Parks and Dumps, Traffic and Memories: The Historical and Material Embededness of Urban Planning

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The urban public realm provides stark visual evidence of inequalities patterned along the lines of class, ethnicity, and race, and it provides insight into the structures of economic, political, and social power that underlie these inequalities. The public realm can also play a significant role in reproducing structures of power. At the most basic level, the quality and availability of public amenities, services, and infrastructure affect the physical, mental, and social health of urban communities. Although people are continually (re)shaping and (re)making the public realm from the bottom up, through activities that range from mundane everyday uses and practices to overt political action, they do so in relation to regulatory frameworks. This panel investigates the regulatory structures that govern aspects of the urban public realm in terms of three key dimensions: first, how the regulatory frameworks have been produced; second, how these frameworks have evolved; and third, how they have shaped the functioning and possibilities of the public realm (i.e., whose interests are served in the public realm and whose are not, and what opportunities exist for bottom-up influence over the realm).  By illuminating the regulatory practices that underpin aspects of the urban public realm, the panel advances planning approaches that help to empower disadvantaged groups, remedy urban inequalities, and thereby contribute to a more just city.

Power and Environmental Justice
Raysa Martinez Kruger, Rutgers University

Choice as Ideology, Technology and Practice
John West, Ball State University

Heritage Properties and the Evolving Properties of Heritage: The Case of the South Street Seaport
Juan J. Rivero, New York University

From Times Square to Coney Island: The Changing Role of Demographics in Public Space Planning
Alex Reichl, Queens College


Alex Reichl

Queens College, CUNY
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John West

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Ball State University
My research focuses on how economic theory has influenced the ways that city governments engage with urban residents, and how technology mediates this relationship. I study transportation, education and public health policy in New York City. In practice, I am interested in discovering... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:10am - 10:35am
Lakeshore A (1st Floor)