Future Visions for Planning

Student Paper Competition for the American Planning Association (APA)

The purpose of the Future Visions for Planning Student Paper Competition is to recognize and reward students for their innovation, data and analysis, as part of their exceptional academic work.


The USC Price Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis has the pleasure of announcing the winners of the “Future Visions for Planning – Student Paper Competition for American Planning Association” for Spring 2018. The students developed outstanding work on the chosen topics and we are proud to have them representing our school in future publications.

1st place – Kristian Castro, Master of Planning candidate
2nd place – Harris Rosenblum, Master of Planning candidate
3rd place – Soobin Kim, B.S. in Urban Studies and Planning


From Community-Driven to Resident-Owned Revitalization
By Kristian James Castro

Despite California’s claim as the economic exemplar of the country, many parts of the state epitomize the quintessential narrative of gentrification – the most prominent issue facing this generation of planners. Simply put, gentrification is a multidimensional process of neighborhood change. Recent developments have catalyzed this process and created a pattern of displacement for low-income, communities of color across the state when rent prices and property values increase over time due to real estate speculation.
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Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion: A Worthy Reform?
By Harris Rosenblum

Policing as a planning issue is rarely discussed within the field. However, policing practices create indelible marks on a neighborhood’s sense of place, and planning should have a role in guiding these practices towards the benefit of communities, especially communities of color who face the largest burden from policing. Read full paper »

Is Los Angeles outsmarting itself with smart lighting?
By Soobin Kim

With approximately 220,000 streetlights illuminating 6,500 miles of streets, Los Angeles needed a smarter approach than the conversion to LED lights that started in 2009. Good thing Mayor Garcetti recruited former tech company executive Peter Marx as Chief Innovation Technology Officer, because other cities across the nation now look to Los Angeles for innovative urban lighting solutions. Read full paper »