Fellow classmates of mine at the University of Maryland were recently awarded first place in the 2009 Next 100 Years Video Competition. Their winning video has some great shots of some of DC's more diverse neighborhoods including Petworth and Columbia Heights. More importantly, however, it speaks to the crisis our cities face and will continue to face without innovative ideas and radical planning.
If you're interested in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the First National Planning Conference in America, head down to the National Building Museum on May 21, 2009 to celebrate with the American Planning Association (APA). The conference's theme is sustainable cities and will host speakers including the director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, The Honorable Adolfo Carrion, Jr., and Columbia's Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Carolina Barco. For more information, visit this website. Unfortunately I'll be in Charm City that day so won't get a chance to attend this event.