By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
The Latinos and Planning Division of the American Planning Association held several sessions at the American Planning Association's 2017 National Planning Conference. NCCP Executive Director Leonardo Vazquez, a co-founder of the division, helped planners at these events learn more about the power of arts and culture to enhance communities.
The division held three sessions where participants could learn more about planning in Latino communities: "Cultural Competency for Planners", "Professional Development Tips for Latino Planners" and a mobile workshop called "Latino Placemaking in Washington Heights."
In each of these, Leo shared how creative placemaking can help strengthen communities and empower residents, as well as engage people who are otherwise disconnected from public decision-making.