Levin College Forum Events

The Just City Forum:
“Provide more choices to those who have few, if any, choices.”


Friday, October 29, 2010
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Glickman-Miller Hall, Roberta Steinbacher Atrium



Susan Fainstein, Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Norman Krumholz, Professor, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Panel of Commentators:
Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Moderator
Ken Reardon, Professor, Director of the Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning, The University of Memphis
Pierre Clavel, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

About the Forum

For 20 years, the Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development (MUPDD) program of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, has educated hundreds of planners and challenged them to think critically about their role as professionals helping to shape the quality of city life. Join us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MUPDD program with some of the most respected and progressive thinkers in the planning field.

Keynote speaker, Susan Fainstein, will discuss her new book “The Just City” which encourages planners and policymakers to develop programs that assure greater justice in both the process of their formulation and their effects. Norm Krumholz, the pioneer of “Equity Planning”, will reflect on ways that cities can provide more choices to those who have few, if any. Pierre Clavel and Ken Reardon, colleagues of Norm’s over many years will reflect on progressive planning and planners. Clavel is the leading scholar on progressive cities; his most recent book is Activists in City Hall and in-depth study of progressive administrations in Boston and Chicago during the 1980s. Reardon organized the East St. Louis Action Research Project and later, the People’s Plan for the Lower Ninth Ward in post-Katrina New Orleans to assist neighborhood people to plan the rebuilding of their neighborhoods.

They will be joined by Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a leading voice for social justice in Cleveland.

About the Norman Krumholz Scholarship
The Norman Krumholz Scholarship, created in 2004, is awarded annually to a graduate urban planning student in the Master of Urban Planning Design and Development program who demonstrates an interest in equity planning and/or neighborhood planning.

In September 2009, Planetizen named Professor Norman Krumholz one of the top 100 urban thinkers. Professor Krumholz is widely known as a pioneer of Equity Planning. In 2001, he received the 2001 Homer C. Wadsworth Award for his advocacy and practice of “equity” planning, the idea that city planning can and should be a means by which communities strive to achieve economic and social justice for all their citizens.

Throughout his career he has been a practicing planner, an activist, exemplary teacher and prolific writer. He has published in many professional journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. In addition, he has written chapters for many books. His book (with John Forester) Making Equity Planning Work won the Paul Davidoff book of the year award of the Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning. His most recent book, Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods (with Dennis Keating), was published by Sage in 1999. His research has been supported by the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. He served as the President of the American Planning Association (1986-1987), received the APA Award for Distinguished Leadership in 1990, and in 1999 served as the President of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He was awarded the Prize of Rome in 1987 by the American Academy in Rome. Recently, Krumholz was appointed an AICP fellow, and his Cleveland Policy Plan was declared a "Planning Landmark".

Krumholz’s equity planning practice in behalf of the poor and working people of Cleveland has become a national model for planners in other large cities who are struggling to retain their industrial and economic base while making their neighborhoods more livable.

Prior to joining Cleveland State, Krumholz was a planning practitioner in Ithaca, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, where he was planning director for ten years under Mayors Carl B. Stokes, Ralph J. Perk and Dennis Kucinich.


Walter B. Waetjen Endowed Urban Education Lecture Fund


Donations may be made to the Norman Krumholz Scholarship.  Please make checks payable to the Cleveland State University Foundation, note the name of the scholarship and mail them to Kathryn W. Hexter, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Books will be available for purchase.

All forum events are free and open to the public, but please register online or call 216.523.7330.
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