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Deadline Extended for the Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award

yolanda garcia bronx street signThere’s still time to nominate an exceptional community planner for the 2013 Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award!  Do know someone who has worked on a place-based community plan?  Is self-taught? Uses an inclusive, community-driven approach to effect change? MAS and We Stay/Nos Quedamos are now accepting nominations for the 2013 Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award. This award, which acknowledges the hard-working leaders of grassroots, community-based, participatory planning, was created to commemorate Yolanda Garcia, an extraordinary community activist in the South Bronx. Under Ms. Garcia’s leadership, the residents of Melrose challenged the city, created an alternative to an urban renewal plan, and transformed a neighborhood. The organization created by Ms. Garcia, We Stay/Nos Quedamos, is bringing that community’s vision to life through sustainable planning, design, construction, and programming. To nominate a community planner from your neighborhood, go here. Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2013. The winner will be celebrated at the 2013 MAS Summit for New York City this fall.