Now that I am a conslutant, I should be using opportunities like the APA Conference to get more exposure to potential clients. I have a couple ideas in mind for presentations and was wondering if anyone else was planning to present, or wanted to get together to present a session. Generally, there are 2-3 speakers in each session. Here are the rules: http://www.planning.org/2006conferen...osal/index.htm
As I drive around the country I take hundreds of photos of the cities I pass through. One thing that always catches my eye is the "great idea" that is likely prohibited in most cities. I am a strong advocate for flexibility in codes and the need for planners to be willing to re-write codes to permit a good thing when it comes along. I am thinking of putting together a presentation entitled "101 Great Ideas Most Cities Don't Allow," or something like that. It would basically be a walk-through of images showing good ideas, and the codes that prohibit them. Topics like code revisions, form-based coses, planners as facilitators, or similar things might go well with this.
Successful downtowns are not all alike. I have been working on a typology of downtowns for some time. It is based on "character" mostly - tangible and intangible things like design, layout, history, etc. I thought to present these ideas, contrasting the different places and noting the similar themes that contribute to their success. Any downtown topics might pair with this.
If you are interested in joining me in a session, let me know. If you have other ideas for session topics, post them here!