The pilot City Planner Book Club meetup was a success! On June 28th, ten planners met in the East Village to discuss “One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility” by Zack Furness. It was a lively discussion that addressed the book’s conceptual correlation of automobility to freedom in America, and recounted participants own experiences with cycling and movements such as Critical Mass. The discussion then fed into a comparison and contrast of cycling facilities and advocacy by region, including availability of bus bike racks, highways shoulder widths, and permanency of bike lanes, and what planners can do from a policy standpoint to improve cycling conditions.
The next City Planner Book Club meetup will be at a TBD location in New Jersey in late September. The book for the upcoming quarter will be “Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States”.
The City Planner Book Club is a collaboration between APA-NJ and APA-NY that discusses a book chosen quarterly amongst planners. There is an active online forum to discuss the book. Meetups are at changing locations in New Jersey and New York, and are eligible for 1.5 CM credits.
If you would like to join the CPBC and/or have any questions, please send an email to Chris Brown, AICP, Professional Development Officer for APA-NJ, at email@example.com. Invites to the online forum will be sent personally via email.