EVENTS

Wetmore Visiting Practitioners

2009-2010 Visiting Practitioners

Dan Carmody
October 20-21, 2009

Trained as a planner at Illinois and Sheffield (BUP '77) and educated as a tavern keeper and brewmeister, Dan Carmody is a devoted urbanist with special interest in regenerating depressed local economies.

He is President of Detroit's Eastern Market. On any given Saturday, more than 26,000 Detroiters, suburbanites and tourists shop elbow to elbow, sharing experiences from generation to generation. More than 150 farmers and vendors from Michigan, Ohio, and Canada offer a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, breads, baked goods, jellies, jams, honey, apple cider, cheeses, spices, herbs, plants and flowers. Dan is responsible for operating the public market, renovating and enhancing the market campus, revitalizing the business district around the market, rebuilding a robust local food system, and leveraging a revitalized Eastern Market District to regenerate adjacent neighborhoods.

Since the mid1990's Carmody has also served as a consultant to more than thirty community development programs, served on the board of directors of the International Downtown association, and been a frequent lecturer at state and national community and economic development conferences.

From 1988 until November of 2005, Carmody led Renaissance Rock Island (IL), a consortium of not-for-profits, helping to revive that community which had lost 40% of its tax base. Starting with a budget of $70,000 and a staff of 1.5 people, Renaissance Rock Island grew to a staff of 14 with an annual budget exceeding $3,000,000. From 2005 until 2007 Carmody served as President of the Downtown Improvement District in Fort Wayne (IN). In both organizations Dan sought to build success upon thorough knowledge of local market conditions, profound partnerships with public and private partners, and an incremental approach to improving the climate for business and real estate development.

Schedule of Events with Dan Carmody

  • October 20, Wetmore Lecture: On the Road to Normal: Transport, City Building, and Food Systems in a New Era, 7-8:30 pm, Plym Auditorium, Temple Buell Hall
  • October 21, Class Lecture, UP 101 (Planning of Cities and Regions), 11-1:50 am, Plym Auditorium, Temple Buell Hall
  • October 21, Downtown Urban Redevelopment and Nightlife Assessment Discussion and Pub Crawl (Invitation Only), 8 pm

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Professor Andrew Isserman, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, isserman@illinois.edu, 217-244-2858.

Les Pollock
February 23, 2010

Les Pollock, FAICP, is a principal consultant and co-founder of Camiros Ltd., an urban planning and zoning consulting firm in Chicago. He has a wide ranging practice, and has been nationally recognized for his work in neighborhood planning, TOD and zoning. His clients include numerous large and mid-sized cities across the country such as Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Toledo, OH; and Raleigh, NC; Illinois cities such as, Decatur, Macomb, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana; and many suburban communities in the Chicago area including Des Plaines, Libertyville, Riverside, Schaumburg, and Tinley Park.

Les has served on a number of public and professional boards and commissions related to urban planning. These include serving as an elected city council member and chair of the Plan Commission in Wilmette, Illinois. Currently, he serves as a member of the Mayor's Landscape Task Force in Chicago, and is the immediate past President of Lambda Alpha International – an international land economics honorary society.

Active as teacher, Les has served as adjunct and full time faculty in planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and as adjunct faculty at University of Illinois – Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Loyola University. He is the author of numerous articles and papers on various aspects of planning and zoning, and holds degrees in architecture and urban planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Schedule of Events with Les Pollock

  • Wetmore Lecture: Zoning as Placemaking, February 23, 12:30-1:50 pm, Temple Buell Hall Room 225
  • Guest Speaker: UP 347, Planning Workshop I, 2-4:50 pm
  • Happy Hour: 5-6:30 pm, Esquire Lounge, Champaign

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This visit is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Professor Rob Olshansky, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, robo@illinois.edu, 217-333-8703.

Rebecca Houghtaling
March 15-16, 2010

Rebecca Houghtaling (MUP '05) is an urban planner with over five years experience in land use planning and policy, including transportation and recreation planning; urban design; sustainable development; and community development. She also has experience writing design guidelines, conducting road inventories, reviewing master plans and zoning ordinances for compatibility, and evaluating policy for siting wind turbines. Prior to joining Crispell-Snyder, Rebecca was a Disaster Preparedness Specialist for the American Red Cross and a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her project experience includes:

  • Comprehensive Plans: Village of River Hills, Otsego County, Maple Grove Township
  • Design Guidelines: New Designs for Growth Development Guidebook, Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance Compliance, Otsego County, Village of Kingsley
  • Zoning Ordinances & Amendments: Village of Kingsley
  • Long Range Transportation Plans: Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
  • IRR Road Inventories: Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

She holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and a Bachelor of Arts in History with an English Minor from Eastern Kentucky University.

Schedule of Events with Rebecca Houghtaling

  • Wetmore Lecture: March 15, 12-1 pm, Temple Buell Hall Room 225

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Professor Mary Edwards, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, mmedward@illinois.edu, 217-333-3211.

Gerrit Knaap photo Gerrit Knaap
April 5-6, 2010

Gerrit-Jan Knaap is Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education and a professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland. Previously, he was a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at UIUC. He is the author of more than 50 articles and five books on state and local land use planning and economics. His research interests include the economics and politics of land use planning, the efficacy of economic development instruments, and impacts of environmental policy. He is co-author, editor, or co-editor of six books: Land Market Monitoring for Smart Urban Growth; Environmental Program Evaluation; Spatial Development in Indonesia; The Regulated Landscape: Lessons on State Land Use Planning from Oregon; Partnerships for Smart Growth: University-Community Collaboration for Better Public Places; and, Incentives, Regulations, and Plans: The Role of States and Nation-States in Smart Growth Planning. He has received "2006 Outstanding Planner Award" from the Maryland chapter of the American Planning Association.

He earned a B.S. from Willamette University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and received post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in economics.

Schedule of Events with Gerrit Knaap

  • Wetmore Lecture: 5 April 2010, 12:00-1:00 pm, Tempe Buell Hall Room 225, A Decade of Research on Smart Growth
  • Happy Hour: 5 April 2010, 5:30-7 pm, Esquire Lounge, Downtown Champaign
  • Class Visit: 6 April 2010, 5-6:30 pm, UP 547, Growth Management and Regional Planning, Temple Buell Hall Room 223

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored in part by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Professor Arnab Chakraborty, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, arnab@illinois.edu, 217-244-8728.

tim glass photo Tim Glass
April 20, 2010

Tim Glass (MUP '07) is the Chief Planner for the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development. Tim has been involved in the full range of economic development planning activities in Dallas, from corporate recruitment and retention efforts to community and real estate development planning. He has worked on Tthe relocation of AT&T's headquarters to Dallas from San Antonio; the creation of new incentive programs for business development, including TIF districts, EB-5 Immigrant Investment, and New Market Tax Credits; the Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force, a 200-citizen effort to fuse community and economic development efforts in the city's southern half; the development of economic indicators, demographic information, and marketing efforts for the department; and the city's Bold Moves campaign for corporate recruitment. In OED's Research and Information Division, Tim assists in the research and planning efforts required to successfully conduct economic development policy and practice in a large, maturing urban center.

A Detroit-area native, Tim has previously worked in internships or on projects in Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Champaign, Illinois. He holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban & Regional Planning and Public Administration from Miami (OH) University.

Schedule of Events with Tim Glass

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund (Department of Urban & Regional Planning). For more information, contact Professor Edward Feser, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, feser@illinois.edu, 217-333-3890.


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