Welcome New Faculty!

Join the Department of Planning and Urban Studies (PLUS)
in welcoming our new (and soon to be new) faculty members:
Michelle, Hiro and Earthea.

When:              Saturday, January 31, 2009
~8:30 pm

Where:            Marla’s house
2741 General Pershing Street (at Clara)


Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator Position in Winston-Salem

TITLE:                     PROJECT PLANNER #3853 (Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator)
LOCATION:               Department of Transportation (DOT)
WORK SCHEDULE:      Regular Work Hours
HIRING SALARY:        $46,050 (Exempt)
CLOSING DATE:         01/28/2009

DEFINITION OF WORK: Under regular supervision, the Project Planner is responsible for all bicycle and pedestrian planning activities for the Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO); coordinates all bicycle and pedestrian planning activities with the City-County Planning Board (CCPB), counties and municipalities within the MPO, and other MPOs in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina; performs difficult professional work involved in the planning of bicycle and pedestrian projects, programs, services and improvements; does related work as required.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Examples of the job responsibilities would include: A) Maintenance and updating of long range plans for bicycle, pedestrian and greenway modes of transportation; B) Handle the administration and coordination of the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the City’s Greenway Planning Committee, and the Sidewalk and Pedestrian Facilities Planning Committee; C) Work with consultants and vendors that would provide planning, engineering, design, construction and other specialized services; D) Coordinate with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on the programming and administration of available federal and State funds for projects; E) Provide excellent customer service to citizens, neighborhood groups, the business community, appointed and elected officials, other municipalities and counties within the MPO, etc.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education or experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in transportation planning, city and regional planning or a closely related field, or a combination of a Bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning and three (3) years of progressively responsible professional experience in transportation planning. AICP Certification is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of: the concepts, principles, techniques and legal aspects of transportation planning; current literature and recent initiatives in the planning field; research and statistical methods; governmental organizations and operations; community interrelationships; project management methods and techniques. Skills and abilities to: analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information; make recommendations based on findings in studies, field observation and public contacts; use computers and other technologies in the analysis and presentation of information; prepare and deliver clear, concise and effective oral and written presentations to the general public, appointed boards and elected officials; establish and maintain effective working relationships with Federal, State and local officials, the general public, employees and contractors; estimate and administer budgets for studies and schedule and manage bicycle and pedestrian planning projects; work independently with minimal direction and supervision; plan and supervise the work of technicians and temporary employees; simultaneously manage multiple projects; be a problem solver.

Lunch & Learn with Kevin Fitzwilliam, February 4th

Kevin Fitzwilliam co-created the Hollygrove Market & Farm (HM&F) and is currently the marketing director. He has developed professional relationships on behalf of the HM&F with rural farmers throughout southeast Louisiana and Mississippi, and with local urban growers in the New Orleans metro area. kevinhollygroveHe currently manages the wholesale segment of the HM&F, which has begun to sell local produce to New Orleans restaurants and institutions. Kevin also helps to coordinate the Saturday buyers’ club at the store each weekend.

Hollygrove Market & Farm description

The Hollygrove Market and Farm (HM&F) is a non-profit retail store selling locally-grown and organic produce, as well as a training location for residents interested in organic urban farming. Centrally located in the heart of the Carrollton-Hollygrove community, this unique store provides healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables to residents of Hollygrove, adjoining neighborhoods, and New Orleans. Mr. Fitzwilliam will talk about the many positive aspects to the Hollygrove Market: access to fresh, local produce; economic development; blight eradication, and sustainability.

See the Lunch and Learn Page for more details!

To get involved at the market, email us at kevin@hollygrovemarket.com or visit http://hollygrovemarket.com/

Renew-Renovate-Reopen Charity Hospital Meeting Tonight at 6pm

With the New Orleans & state budgets  facing major cuts this year, a  rational Gov. Jindal, Mayor Nagin & New Orleans City Council should  perceive we can not afford LSU’s hospital plan & the only fiscal responsible solution is the renovation of old Charity.

Alfarez made reliefs for a number of buildings, including the Charity Hospital Building. Here we see a 15 by 12 foot "screen" above the doors at the hospital.  Around the large male figure in the center can be seen smaller images of  workers, farmers, laborers, factory workers, and people at play.

Alfarez made reliefs for a number of buildings, including the Charity Hospital Building. Here we see a 15 by 12 foot "screen" above the doors at the hospital. Around the large male figure in the center can be seen smaller images of workers, farmers, laborers, factory workers, and people at play.

There has never been a public hearing before the New Orleans City Council or the City Planning Commission on this issue.

The secrecy, waste and flawed planning procedures should be investigated by New Orleans inspector General, Bob Cerasoli. 

Take action now!

Come to the Meeting to Support “Renew-Renovate- Reopen” Charity

Wed. Jan. 28.2007 at 6pm
St. Joseph Church Rebuilt Center
1803 Gravier (near Tulane & S. Claiborne)

More than 20 Students Attend the First Meeting of the Semester

CCS would like to say “THANK YOU” to all those who came out to the first general meeting–it was a huge success. We would also like to recognize John and Ariana from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) for a wonderful presentation. You guys were great!

To learn more about NORA, click here. For internship opportunites contact the Shapers at crescentcityshapers@gmail.com.

If you were unable to attend Friday’s meeting, no worries. All meeting minutes will be posted to the “Minutes” page of this blog within the next few days!

First CCS General Meeting of 2009–Friday Jan. 23rd

We are hosting our first gathering of the year and would love, especially, to meet any newbies to the program and anyone interested in getting involved this semester and beyond. Last Fall three committees were formed:

social/fundraising- members are tasked with planning happy hours and retreats and coming up with creative ways to get PLUS students together. They also look out for the organization’s bottom line. Contact Melissa Ehlinger if you have an interest in becoming a member. melissaehlinger@yahoo.com

outreach- this committee will orient the student organization to a mission broader than the program itself. Members will plan a service learning trip and coordinate in-town volunteer opportunities. Contact Matthew Mourning at matthewmourning@gmail.com to join in this effort.

education/Lunch & Learn series- this committee, under the leadership of Nicole McCall, has already lured many inspiring planners and urbanists to UNO’s campus. Check out the Lunch & Learn page for upcoming events. Contact Nicole at nicole.mccall@gmail.com for more information and to get invovled.

Now all we need is YOU! Urban Studies and Planning majors with a devotion to rebuilding New Orleans and a desire to advance the cause of the Crescent City Shapers.

Join Us! We will be hosting a representative NORA, who will have an eye out for ambitious Shapers looking for internship opportunities.


Where: Garage Pizza, 220 South Robertson in the CBD.

When: Friday, January 23rd @ 5:30pm

Garage’s amazing pizza will be provided!

Inauguration Celebration this Tuesday, January 20


Please join the Crescent City Shapers on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, to celebrate democracy and the Inauguration of our newest president, Barack Obama.  Faculty, students and alumni are invited to The Rusty Nail (1100 Constance Street, www.therustnail.org) for music, food and happy hour specials all night.  Festivities begin at 7pm and will last all night!
Contact Melissa Ehlinger at (202) 270-2264 if you have any questions.