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ASU planning students getting involved in downtown issues

ASU college students are getting out of the classroom and into the “real world” of urban planning issues by attending public meetings, helping local non-profit organizations and neighborhood associations, and encouraging others to “get involved.”  One surge in interest came as a result of ASU School of Planning students hearing that City of Phoenix officials, SmithGroup Architects, and ASU staff were asking for variances to the proposed ASU College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation contrary to their public pronouncements about shade, sustainability, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, and support for Urban Form design concepts.

Students attended a key January 23rd meeting called by the City of Phoenix to resolve issues brought forward by groups such as Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Downtown Voices Coalition.  They vow to continue to stay on top of this and other downtown planning issues by attending future public meetings, voicing their opinions, and communicating news and events via their “Planners@ASU” listserv newsletter.

According to Katherine Kittrell, ASU School of Planning student, “Planners@ASU” provides the framework for communication and interaction within an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively scholarly fellowship, and for stimulation of interest in professional planning as an evolutionary and revolutionary engagement.