Welcome to the Community Development Committee
The Community Development Committee is devoted to understanding urban planning, architecture, historic preservation and other aspects of community building. The committee participates in the Participatory Budgeting process, hosts salons and other subject matter conversations and supports tactical urbanism and other small scale projects that make a difference in our community.
A salon is a gathering of people to increase the knowledge of all through conversation. Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, are held all over the world on a variety of topics.
The Community Development Committee will be hosting its next Salon on Wednesday, May 31, 7:00 PM at Galvin’s Pub. Topic is forthcoming.
The subject of our discussion is “walkability”, which is a measure of how friendly an area is to facilitate walking. We will be viewing a TED talk by author and urban planner Jeff Speck and discussing it at the salon.
If you’re interested in attending the salon please RSVP on our Facebook event page here.
Resources and Learning
The Community Development Committee is putting together a digital and lending library for JPF members interested in urban planning, economic development and sustainability topics. We hope that by educating our members on these topics, it will help the community confront or be proactive in planning issues as they arise in the community. If you have any suggestions for materials, email us.
American Planning Association – professional association of urban planners in the U.S.
City Lab – a website about all things cities from the Atlantic magazine
City Notes – a blog written by a local Chicago resident covering housing and development issues
Planetizen – a news aggregation website for urban planning topics
Streetsblog Chicago – a news website focused on bike, pedestrian and transit issues in Chicago
Urban Land Institute – the ULI is the professional association of planners and real estate developers
The Transport Politic – covering the politics of transportation
Transport Nexus – Ryan Richter’s urban transportation planning blog
Recommendations, Digital Books
Lending Library, Hard Copy
Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice – the infamous “green bible” of the urban planning world