Want to study planning at Cornell? Learn all about CRP grad programs at the open house!

Sibley Hall in winter. (Image: Cornell AAP)

The Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) will hold its annual fall open house for prospective graduate students on Friday, October 15. The event will feature an overview of graduate programs in historic preservation, regional science, and regional planning, as well as Q&As with faculty and current students. Prospies will also be able to tour Sibley Hall, sit in on classes, and drink $1 beers with current grad students at the Big Red Barn.

More information on the open house, including a full schedule of events and an RSVP form, can be found here.

Econ prof Amit A. Batabyal to speak on Schumpeterian competition within the creative class


An ostensible member of the creative class, hard at work. (Image: kimdokhac/Flickr)

This Thursday, Amit A. Batabyal, a professor of economics at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), is coming to Sibley to discuss how Schumpeterian competition affects entrepreneurial activity and innovation within the creative class, and how that competition affects economic growth. The talk, in W. Sibley’s Room 101, is slated for September 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Although Batabyal is a Cornell alumnus, he didn’t graduate from the MRP program (missing out!). Instead, Batabyal left Ithaca in 1987 with a B.S. in applied economics and business management.

A summary of his talk, officially “Schumpeterian Creative Class Competition, Innovation Policy, and Regional Economic Growth,” is reprinted below:

Batabyal focuses on a region that is creative as described by Richard Florida. The creative class is broadly composed of existing and candidate entrepreneurs. The general question the class analyzes concerns the effects of Schumpeterian competition between existing and candidate entrepreneurs on economic growth and innovation policy in this region. The class performs four specific tasks. First, when the flow rate of innovation function for the existing entrepreneurs is strictly concave, we delineate the circumstances in which competition between existing and candidate entrepreneurs leads to a unique balanced growth path (BGP) equilibrium. Second, the class examines whether it is possible for the BGP equilibrium to involve different levels of R&D expenditures by the existing entrepreneurs. Third, they show how the BGP equilibrium is altered when the flow rate of innovation function for the existing entrepreneurs is constant. Finally, they study the impact that taxes and subsidies on R&D by existing and candidate entrepreneurs have on R&D expenditures and regional economic growth.

More information on this and other Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) lectures can be found here.

Susan Handy to question received wisdom of U.S. transit planning in September 20 talk


(Image: Minesweeper/Wikimedia Commons)

Why are the core principals of U.S. transit planning rarely questioned, and why is transportation in this country so dang inefficient? On September 20, University of California–Davis’s Susan Handy will examine those questions in front of a roomful of Cornellians in Sibley 101 at 4:30 p.m..

An abstract of her talk, officially “Roundabout of a Figurative Kind: The Ebb and Flow of Ideas about Transportation and What This Means for Our Communities,” is reprinted below:

Transportation planning in the U.S. has, for more than a century, been guided by several core principles: speed, mobility, vehicle throughput, capacity expansion, traffic control, mode separation. These principles are hugely influential, yet they are largely implicit and rarely questioned, at least not officially, despite their general failure to produce an efficient transportation system. But each of these principles has an equal and opposite principle that, if adopted, would lead to a very different approach to providing for society’s transportation needs. In this talk, Handy examines the ebb and flow of these ideas and their implications for our communities.

More information on this and other Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) lectures can be found here.

Celebrate Park(ing) Day at Sibley with Cornell planners


Park(ing) Day (Image: sv johnson/Flickr)

This Friday, September 21, the Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP) and Cornell AAP are celebrating Park(ing) Day by transforming the small sea of asphalt behind Sibley into a public gathering place.

Park(ing) Day is an annual international design event where participants take parking spaces and turn them into parklets for public use. The event generates discourse around how space in cities and towns is used, and spotlights how much public or semi-public space is devoted to the storage of private vehicles. Park(ing) Day also offers designers and planners a way to show off their creativity in a diminutive space.

This year, OCP is converting a few spots on the asphalt into a garden, bike repair station, and yoga area. Although the preliminary meeting for the September 21 event has passed, potential participants can contact Natalia Sanchez for more information.

See you on the lot!

Attention, students: The NY Upstate APA chapter conference is coming to Ithaca this October


(Image: Kenneth C. Zirkel/Wikimedia Commons)

Here’s some great news for planning students who want to meet future colleagues without traveling too far afield: For the first time in a decade, the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is holding its annual conference right here in Ithaca. The three-day event kicks off Wednesday October 3 at Hotel Ithaca.

Highlights include mobile workshops like a LimeBike ride around Ithaca’s waterfront, a survey of Tompkins County’s tiny homes, and a Downtown Ithaca walking tour focused on building density. These sessions are complemented by professional development seminars like 5A: Zoning and Land Use Law – the Latest and Greatest and Everything You Wanted to Know about FOIL and Open Meetings…But Were Afraid to Ask!

Conference poster (Image: APA Upstate)

There’s three Cornell-specific workshops, too: Planning at Cornell, the meta-sounding Planning for Planning Education, and a session on the resources available from New York State through Cornell for flood risk and resiliency planning.

A full schedule of events can be found here.

Normally, students would pay $65 to attend the conference, but the Department of City and Regional Planning will knock $20 off the fee for the first 100 students to register. At the time of this writing, there were still discounted spots available via the event registration page. (CRP students should have received an email from department chair Jeff Chusid with the discount code.)

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