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University of Massachusetts Boston Launches New Paul Davidoff Website

Monday, February 12, 2018  
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Paul Davidoff’s 1965 article “Advocacy and Pluralism in Planning” remains one of the most frequently read, downloaded and cited articles by urban planning scholars, professionals, policy-makers and activists committed to advancing social justice in the city more than fifty years after its original publication. This article, along with Paul Davidoff’s work as a planning scholar, professional educator and Civil Rights activist, encouraged many planners to join our profession’s advocacy planning movement which seeks to promote redistributive policies and participatory planning processes benefiting poor and working-class communities.

The Graduate Program in Urban Planning and Community Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston will celebrate Paul Davidoff’s February 14th birthday by launching an exciting new website highlighting his life and work. The Paul Davidoff Tapes Website features biographical information on Paul and his family, copies of many of his most important public speeches and scholarly articles, audio taped interviews with those who worked closely with him, as well as copies of historic and contemporary “advocacy plans” inspired by Paul’s Civil and Human Rights values.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a special way this year by visiting this important new progressive planning resource at: Activists, planners, scholars and local officials who have participated in resident-led planning and design efforts in economically distressed and politically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to share their work on the Paul Davidoff Tapes Website which has been designed to serve as a “living resource” for progressive citizens, planners, and designers committed to working towards the creation of Dr. King’s “Beloved Community."

Wishing you an especially joyful Valentine’s Day!

Kenneth M. Reardon
Professor and Director MS in Urban Planning and Community Development Program School for the Environment University of Massachusetts Boston


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