Thinking Holistically about the Future of Our Streets

Thinking Holistically about the Future of Our Streets

In January of 2019 Smart Growth America released Dangerous by Design 2019 which documents the issues surrounding the design and function of our roadways in the United States. While the most dangerous places in the nation tend to be located in the Sun Belt – the Rust Belt is not immune. The Upstate cities of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse all appear in the top 100 of the reports Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI). As a state, New York ranks 40th on the PDI; but it is number four for pedestrian fatalities from 2008-2017, and 19th in terms of the number of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents during the same time period.

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Upcoming CM Opportunities

Chapter Sponsored:

If you are interested in more info for these events, you can go to the APA CM page ( and search the event #.

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Planning Webcast Series – click the link to register: 

03.22 The Next Evolution of Public Hearings: Colorado Chapter (9172005)

03.29 Historic Preservation of African American Cemeteries: Mississippi Chapter (Pending)

04.05 Regulating Historic Signs: County Planning Division (Pending)

04.19 New Federal Rules for Cell Towers Inside and Outside Rights of Way: Northern New England Chapter (9171558 (LAW))

February 2019 Federal and State Legislative Update

The partial federal government shutdown that marked the beginning of 2019 has ended, 2019-20 state budget talks are in full gear, and Dunkirk Dave – the world’s second longest prognosticating groundhog – is predicting an early spring. For those of you who are intrigued to know more about these topics, please read on. For the rest of you, take a late winter’s nap and maybe you’ll be more interested when you wake.

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Tufts University Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Tufts University launched a new low-residency educational program for experienced planners already holding a Master’s degree.  We successfully recruited the first cohort, who started last summer and are scheduled to graduate this summer. The online/on-campus Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) is housed in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

We’re recruiting now for the ’18-’19 cohort, so please help us get the word out and encourage your friends and colleagues to apply.

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Call for Entries: Western New York Land Conservancy International Design Ideas Competition

Announcing an international design ideas competition for reimagining the DL&W rail corridor in Buffalo as an innovative, iconic, and inspiring multi-use nature trail and greenway. Submit your designs and help make this project possible. Monetary awards are available for the top submissions. Submissions are due February 15, 2019. More details can be found here:

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Planners Day 2018 – Another Very Successful Get-Together     

Planners Day was held on Friday, March 9th at SUNY ESF and once again we had a great turnout. We would like to thank our speakers – Andrew Frasier & Aaron McKeon from SMTC, Joe Bovenzi (GTC MPO) & Chris Dunne (Highland Planning), Darren Kempner (NFTA), and Tim Frateschi, Esq. (Frateschi Schiano & Germano, PLLC). We also want to thank our great members – without your interest and attendance we would not be able to continue to put on Planners Day events. We received some great feedback and are looking forward to doing it again next Spring.

Chapter President’s Council AICP Study Manual

“The NY Upstate Chapter has procured 10 copies of the Chapter President’s Council AICP Study Manual on CD. The purpose of this self-study manual is to help review basic planning concepts and to practice skills that are necessary for taking a multiple-choice test. The manual includes information on the following:

1. Introduction — Important Dates
2. Exam Structure
3. Getting Started — Contacting your Professional Development Officer (PDO)
4. Study Materials
5. Written Examination Scoring from 1977 to 2002
6. Question Format And Construction
7. A Notation System
8. Defusing Some Myths
9. History
10. Planning Theory
11. The Law
12. Environmental Planning
13. Citizen Participation
14. Developmental Regulation
15. Transportation Planning
16. Basic Guide to the Concepts of Quantitative Methods
17. Population Estimates and Projections
18. Local Area Employment Projections
19. Shift-Share Analysis
20. Comparing Alternatives with Unequal Lives
21. Budgeting
22. Finance and Cost Analysis
23. Benefit/Cost Analysis
24. Test Areas 1990 to 2002
25. Personal Test-taking Tips

Please contact Rich Guarino ( if you would like to purchase one. The cost is $15 (includes shipping).”