Tuesday, November 01, 2005

World Town Planner Day

November 8, 2005, marks the 56th worldwide celebration of World Town Planning Day (WTPD), a special day to recognize how urban, rural, and regional planning help to create healthy and vibrant communities. On November 7, the student chapter of the American Planning Association at Cleveland State University will will hold an open house celebrating the planning achievements had by various organizations throughout the region in Glickman-Milller Hall at the Maxine Goodman-Levin College of Urban Affairs. The event will be held from 12:00 until 6:00 PM. The College of Urban Affairs is located on 1717 Euclid Avenue, Downtown Cleveland.

Come view plans from the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, GCRTA, Ecocity Cleveland, Cleveland Public Art, HNTB, East Fourth Street Neighborhood and many others on Monday, November 7 from 12:00 to 6:00 PM in the Maxine Goodman-Levin College of Urban Affairs, located at 1717 Euclid Ave. in the atrium area. There will be a bake sale fundraiser on-site, with coffee and beverages available to purchase.

Founded in 1949 by the late Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires, WTPD is currently celebrated in about 30 countries on four continents as a way to promote awareness and support for community planning. Within the United States, the American Planning Association (APA) and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), sponsor celebrations to highlight how planning helps create communities of lasting value where people have better choices about how they work and live.

"World Town Planning Day is one day each year when the planning movement calls attention to the role of planning in making great communities throughout the world," said APA Executive Director Paul Farmer, AICP. "To help publicize the importance of planning across the country, APA members work in their communities, regions, and states to organize special activities and events."

APA and AICP have promoted excellence in the field of planning for more than 80 years. WTPD is one example of APA's commitment to promoting planning as a way for engaged citizens, along with civic leaders, business interests and other stakeholders, to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives.