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New Yorkers Learn New Tools to Plan Their Communities

lnp training lunch 2008Last Saturday, community advocates and students from the Pratt Institute, Cornell University and Manhattan Borough President’s Scott Stringer Urban Fellows program came together for the MAS Planning Center’s Livable Neighborhoods Program (LNP) training. The session focused on training community members on the use of the tools they need to effectively plan their neighborhoods, and introducing Pratt and Cornell planning and historic preservation students to members of the surrounding community. The training also complemented the students’ studies with LNP tools and techniques. Launched in 2007, the Livable Neighborhoods Program was created to provide community members with the tools and training needed to effectively plan their neighborhoods. Every year, the Planning Center hosts a large, free, citywide training at Hunter College at which over 100 community advocates from across the city come to get training on topics ranging from zoning to sustainability. In an effort to reach more communities in a targeted fashion and partner with more local universities, the Planning Center has launched a series of “mini-trainings”, partnering with the Pratt Institute and the Cornell Urban Scholars program to conduct our most recent training. Watch a short video about the program here, and to register for the next training or learn more about other Planning Center events visit our Community Planning Assistance pages.