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7/23 - “Planning Home” and the Latino Home (CM | 1.5)

Updated: Jan 1, 2020

In cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, Latino communities are undergoing gentrification. Gentrification is often times driven by policies focused on smart growth, infill and transit-oriented development, and densification as well as other planning approaches intended to encourage rehabilitation, walkability, and more livable neighborhoods. These redevelopment tools often result in increased property values but at the expense of the subsequent involuntary displacement of low income residents and businesses.

As an American Planning Association initiative, Planning Home aims to reshape the narrative and focus on the innovative approaches addressing the national housing crisis. Affordability isn't the only issue Latino neighborhoods face. There are other issues such as displacement, access to resources, community disintegration and other impacts that are upheaving the Latino Home.

This webinar is brought to you by the APA Latinos and Planning Division.

Learning Objectives
  1. Attendees will learn about how Latino planners can develop strategies, policies, plans, and development to enhance, preserve, and protect Latino neighborhoods through municipal zoning codes and participatory planning processes.

  2. They will learn about some of the nation's top cases of gentrification — Humboldt Park in Chicago, and the Mission District in San Francisco — and be informed about a range of planning tools used in these communities.

  3. An extended question-and-answer period at the close of the session will provide attendees with an opportunity to engage panelists in an in-depth dialog about these challenges and possible solutions.

Webinar fee
  • APA members, join the Latinos and Planning Division before registering (for just $25) and your webinar is FREE!

  • Individual rate (one person/registration fee per computer): FREE for PLD member; $30 non-member.

Online registration will close on Monday, July 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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For registration questions e-mail or call 312-334-1250.

Dairo Romero

Dairo Romero brings 10 years of experience in community organizing and planning, in addition to being a long-time Mission Resident. His expertise and passion for empowering community members in the development process generates support for proposed projects. Much of Dairo’s work focuses on engaging Latino/a, working- class families and other vulnerable residents who do not traditionally have a voice in the planning process. He is especially passionate about stemming displacement in the Mission District, which has lost over 8,000 residents of color and low-income population over the past decade. Dairo wears many hats in his current role at MEDA, most notably being an integral part of the facilitation team for United to Save the Mission and having responsibility for the facilitation meetings for the November 2015 Proposition A affordable-housing measure. The latter was a $310 bond, passed by San Francisco voters, with $50 million later earmarked specifically to address the housing crisis in the Mission District of San Francisco. Dairo is currently working with Housing Promotoras (community leaders) to reach out Latinos to apply for the lottery of housing opportunities available in San Francisco. The Latino community in San Francisco has the lowest participation in the affordable housing opportunities.

Jose Acosta-Cordova

José Acosta-Córdova is the Environmental Planning and Research Organizer at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in the South Valley, Albuquerque, New Mexico. His roots in Chicago date back to the 1950’s, when his family first arrived in the city from Jalisco, México, and settled in the area just west of the Jane Addams Hull House, in what is now the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He completed his Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy, at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, at UIC. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs from UIC. He is the former President and Co-Founder of the Latino Planning Organization for Development, Education, and Regeneration (LPODER) at UIC. LPODER was nationally recognized by the Latinos and Planning Division of the American Planning Association (APA) for its work with high school youth of color, as well as the numerous events they hosted regarding issues facing Latino/a/x people in urban environments throughout the western hemisphere. He is the author of the Latino Neighborhoods Report: Issues and Prospects for Chicago, which he authored during his second year of graduate school while working as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP). The report, received widespread media and was produced for Metropolitan Family Services. It contains demographic information on twelve neighborhoods in Chicago where Latinos are the largest racial/ethnic group, along with an overview of Latinos in Chicago.

Ivis Garcia, AICP

Ivis Garcia is originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Garcia is an urban planner with a long history of working with and for low-income communities throughout the nation including Albuquerque, New Mexico, the San Francisco bay Area, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Ivis is currently a professor at the University of Utah in City and Metropolitan Planning as well as a planning commissioner in Salt Lake City. Her work addresses the problems of uneven development, as well as grassroots organizing and community development. She is especially interested in facilitating the integration of racialized and ethnic groups into democratic planning processes.


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