USC Price School of Public Policy

Urban Planning

Compton Mayor and USC Price alumna Aja Brown, ’04, MPL ’05, led a discussion titled, “The New City: Rebuilding the 21st Century Urban Community from the Ground Up.”
Paul Moore, principal at Nelson-Nygaard, led a talk on "Managing (Not Solving) Cities' Transportation Problems through Change in Policy and Investment" as part of the USC Urban Growth Seminar series. Price Ph.D. candidate Sandip Chakrabarti served as the discussant.
Cecilia Estolano of Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors and a member of the CA Community Colleges Board of Governors, presented a talk on "Planning for Equitable Economic Development" as part of an Urban Growth Seminar. John Perfitt, executive director of Restore Neighborhoods L.A., Inc, was the discussant.


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Half of humanity now lives in cities. Every problem that we care about – economic development, environmental sustainability, social justice, and democratic governance, to name a few – play out in urban areas. Planning is an inter-disciplinary field dedicated to systematic and creative approaches to improving communities and places. Planners focus on context. They use modern analysis, quantitative and qualitative, combined with participatory methods and theoretical acumen, to solve policy problems. Planners are generalists who value a deep understanding of communities. Planning is immersed in place and cognizant of the links between the character of neighborhoods and communities and quality of life.
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