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August 25, 2020
We all know that great urbanism puts people first. And now more than ever, planning practitioners need to examine their role in perpetuating inequitable systems and policies that define the development and design of our communities. We need to re-evaluate the ways in which we are putting people first.
As New York City Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver oversees the management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland. He is known for the innovative projects he has worked on, including the Community Parks Equity Initiative, Parks without Borders, Cool Pools and Creative Courts. Prior to returning to his hometown of New York City, he served as the chief planning & development officer and planning director for Raleigh, North Carolina. He was also president of the American Planning Association from 2011 to 2013, the first African American to hold the title. One of the nation’s most celebrated urban thinkers, Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver was elected to Planetizen’s list of 100 Most Influential Urbanists in 2017, and the Urban Times named him one of the top international thought leaders of the built environment in 2012.
We'll take a deep dive into the variety of ways that equity, inclusivity, and diversity can enhance and enrich the urban realm with Mallory Baches, Director of Strategic Development for CNU, and Mitchell Silver, New York City Parks Commissioner.