Embedded Planning Shout Out at LandWatch Monterey County

Photo: LandWatch Monterey County

I’m celebrating Jose M. Torres on his new role as Housing Advocate at LandWatch Monterey County, congrats! And I’m celebrating that Jose cites #EmbeddedPlanning praxis as an inspiration in his bio:

“My approach will rely on my experience in public health, geography, and community planning. I truly believe that good planning involves making small, strategic interventions. I love the book Urban Acupuncture which explores this concept. I’m a big advocate of #EmbeddedPlanning – a community-focused approach to urban planning that emphasizes collaboration, engagement, and meeting people where they are in order to achieve positive outcomes. I will work with LandWatch’s partners and stakeholders to create policies that support these objectives.”


For more on LandWatch Monterey County, check out: https://landwatch.org

Where is the Next Embedded Planning Praxis Struggle Talk?

Image: Columbia GSAPP

I enjoyed launching my new talk “Embedded Planning is Worth The Struggle” at Columbia GSAPP last November. I’m now working on scheduling in-person venues for 2023. Where should we go next?

I appreciate the shout out from the GSAPP Urban Planning Program Council in the Fall 2022 semester in review:

“Urban Planning Program Council welcomed Andrew Cronson (M.S. UP and M.S. HP ‘25), Shannon Hui (M.S. UP ’24), Ethan Floyd (M.S. UP ’24) and Ted Lim (M.S. UP ’24) who were selected as the First-Year Program Council Representatives. They joined Victoria Lin (M.S. UP ’23) and Matthew Shore (M.S. UP ’23) who are the Second-Year Program Council Representatives. For the first time we hosted the Urban Planning Welcome Back Picnic in Central Park as well as a Campus Secrets Tour that allowed students access to lesser known locations in Columbia University. We also hosted the annual Thanksgiving Dinner and a Jonathan Pacheco Bell LiPs Lecture + Lunch so students have opportunities to speak to embedded planners who work in the field.”

A Critique of Substack

Here’s a good critique of the emerging medium of writing + publishing through Substack. Also reads as a Big Up to old school blogging, with rich links to blogs past and present.

The author of Applied Divinity Studies published this as a guest post on Nintil blog.

“How Substack Became Milquetoast.”



Excerpt from “How Substack Became Milquetoast,” a guest post on Nintil

Beyond Spanglish in CDMX

I was not raised speaking Spanish. When Nana Josephine Pacheco née Ontiveros came to #LosAngeles from #Texas, the school teachers struck her with rulers por hablando Español en clase. So Nana didn’t teach my mom. And nobody taught me. I learned Español in earnest in the last 8 years working as an Embedded Planner on the ground in Florence-Firestone. For real I’m at like 6th grade level, pero sabes que, es mejor que nada!

On arrival Friday in #CDMX, I quickly had to adjust to Español. It was thrilling. I found myself absorbing the spoken word, the unique rhythm, cadence, & dialect of #Chilango, the Spanish of Mexico City. Immediately I found myself translating signs, speech, & writing intuitively. Dormant neurotransmitters began firing. Parts of my brain were trabajando overtime to help situate myself in this new space & culture.

I recognized this feeling. It had been awhile but I’d felt it long before. I told mi esposita that this exhilaration must have been the same stimulating experience of learning Inglés as a child con mi familia on the streets of East Los Angeles y Montebello 40+ years ago.