In the latest APA interact email (yes, it's a lowercase "i"), there was an announcement heralding the creation of the new Latinos and Planning Division. From the APA Web site:
We've debated over the existence of APA divisions for blacks, women and gays before, and I don't doubt this will be an exception. Instead of wondering why some groups have their own divisions, let's think of some ideas for new divisions. For example:Latinos and Planning Division
Latinos and Planning is the only nationwide organization focused on urban planning issues in Latino communities and on career challenges facing Latino planners. Our mission is to work collaboratively with other professionals and organizations to identify and develop strategies related to:
* The most significant planning issues facing Latino communities
* The most significant challenges facing Latino planners,
Republicans and Planning
As of November 2006, the most critical challenges we've identified are:
* Lack of participation in planning by Republicans.
* The relationship of planners and planning profession to Republican communities, and the need to possess equal firepower.
* Urban design as it relates to Republican communities; defending gated communities, cul-de-sacs, large-lot development, and zoning codes that require six parking spaces per thousand square feet of retail floor area.
* The conflicts of planning in Republican communities; the desire to impose strict land use regulations to maintain a genteel New England-flavored built environment versus maintaining a free market and opposition to government interference in land use.