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(Feb. 21, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy and College of Architecture, in partnership with the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects, San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County, will host representatives from Philadelphia, Pa., to discuss the story of the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The free, public event will feature a reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m., the presentation "Citizen Planning: The Philadelphia Story" from 6 to 7 p.m., and close with a half-hour panel discussion featuring the Philadelphia representatives. The event will promote city planning best practices and community development, using the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute as a successful case study.

"It is vital to the success of San Antonio that citizens be informed about the planning processes so they can provide meaningful input to help our community continue to be a thriving, prosperous city," said Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "Philadelphia's story is a testament to what can be accomplished by citizens coming together and being engaged with their civic infrastructure."

The Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute was founded in 2010 by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to serve as the city's official education and outreach arm. Its mission is to empower citizens so that they can take a more effective and active role in shaping the future of their neighborhoods and city.

"The Philadelphia experience can help us learn how to best leverage investment the San Antonio River Authority has made in developing holistic watershed master plans and promoting sustainable development practices into a community-driven planning process," said Suzanne Scott, general manager of the San Antonio River Authority.

Panelists will include:

  • Harris Steinberg, fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), executive director of PennPraxis at the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
  • Donna J. Carney, American Institute of Architects, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Citizens Planning Institute director, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
  • Shawn McCaney, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Senior

>> The event is the first city-planning discussion in an ongoing series that will be offered jointly by the UTSA College of Public Policy and UTSA College of Architecture. A live web-stream and recorded webcast will be available at NOWCastSA.com. Free parking will be available in lot D-3 under Interstate 35. For more information, contact Erin Jines at 210-458-3213.



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