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January 26, 2018

Built in 1931, the 4th Street Viaduct spans the Los Angeles River, supporting railroad tracks and industry. Its Gothic Revival architecture contrasts with the unadorned flood-control channel beneath it. The exhibit “Positively 4th Street: An Encounter with Los Angeles’...

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Post Card Front
January 16, 2018

The Dale Prize 2018 winners were selected. Mr. James Rojas, the founder of the Latino Urban Forum, has won the Practitioner Prize and Dr. Anna Kim, an assistant professor at Georgia Tech, has won the Scholar Prize. With the theme, "Planning with Immigrants in Communities and Regions", the Dale...

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Conversion Information Session
November 30, 2017

Find the session that fits with your status and learn about the customized semester conversion information for urban planning students.

“Untitled” (1990) by Los Angeles-based artist Salomon Huerta
November 21, 2017

Alvaro Huerta, assistant professor of urban and regional planning and ethnic and women's studies, continues his ongoing dialogue about the Latin-American immigrant experience under the current political climate. His lecture is open to the ENV community, Cal Poly Pomona campus and the public....

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Book cover (2016), Rafael Cardenas
November 16, 2017

Alvaro Huerta, assistant professor of urban and regional planning and ethnic and women's studies, will co-moderate a discussion about art and the urban space featuring artists Salomon Huerta and Rafael Cardenas.

Salomon Huerta is a...

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ENV Festival 2017. See the full lineup at
November 9, 2017

Frank Villalobos (’70, architecture), president of Barrio Planners in East Los Angeles, comes back to ENV for a dialogue with Assistant Professor Alvaro Huerta who holds a joint appointment in the departments of urban and regional planning and ethnic and women’s studies.


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ENV Festival. Full line-up is listed at
November 2, 2017

Real estate developer Gustavo A. Durán (’71, urban and regional planning), president of GD Realty Investments, will share his 45 years of real estate development experience from the combined perspective of planners, developers, and architects. Catch his presentation and...

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Guest Lecture - Gustavo Duran
November 2, 2017

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is pleased to announce a guest leture on “The Dynamics of Planners, Developers, and Architects in Realtity” from Mr. Gustavo Duran of GD Reality Investments.

Mr. Duran is an URP alum who has built his real esate development career. He will...

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The Dance of Idealism and REalism in Environmental Design - Thursday, Oct. 26
October 26, 2017

Urban and regional planning Professor Richard Willson will host a workshop inspired by his latest book, A Guide for the Idealist...

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October 10, 2017

Professor Richard Willson's new book, A Guide for the Idealist: Launching and Navigating Your Planning Career has been published by Routledge. It is a must for young professionals seeking to put their idealism to work. Speaking to urban and regional planners and those in related fields, the book...

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May 11, 2017

Date: 7PM, Friday, May 26

Place: Pomona Valley Mining Company (1777 Gillette Rd., Pomona, CA 91768)

For more information and the ticket, please contact APSA board members (if you are a student) or contact URP Alumni Association President, Manny Munoz, ...

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March 30, 2017

Date: Friday, April 14 (7 pm)

Place: The Rookery Alehouse and Grill (117 W 2nd St., Pomona, CA 91766)

Dr. Lisa Schweitzer

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) cordially invites you to attend Margarita McCoy Seminar and Scholarship Award Ceremony. With generous donations from the McCoy family and other donors, URP department is pleased to select the first recipient of the Margarita P. McCoy...

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Margarita P. McCoy (1923 - 2016)
March 2, 2017

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Margarita P. McCoy Scholarship in Urban Planning.  The scholarship honors the legacy of Margarita P. McCoy by supporting and encouraging students in urban and regional planning. Thanks to the...

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January 5, 2017

The Dale Prize 2017 winners were selected. Mr. Donald J. Waldie, the former deputy city manager of Lakewood, CA, has won the Practitioner Prize and Dr. Dowell Myers, professor at USC, has won the Scholar Prize. With the theme, "Southern California Suburbs: Looking Forward and Looking Backward",...

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Professor Rick Willson FAICP wrote URP students the attached message concerning planning responses to the recent election.

Dr. Alvaro Huerta, an Assistant Professor in the the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Ethnic and Women's Studies departments won the 2016 Edward Blakely Award. The award was give at the meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference meeting in Portland,...

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Alternative Transportation Conference Schedule
November 17, 2016

Cal Poly Pomona's Alternative Transportation Conference is jointly organized by ASI and Students for Quality Education (SQE) with support from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and the College of Environmental Design (ENV).


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Enjoy an evening with fellow Cal Poly Pomona URP Alumni at Bar Celona, 46 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA on October 23, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. See attachment for more information! Bar Celona is a modern Spanish tapas bar in the heart of Old Pasadena.

Logo Design Competition
October 18, 2016

As part of the department’ effort to celebrate the anniversary and encourage to spread the words, the department wants to have a logo that represents the identity of URP at CPP and celebrates its 50th year anniversary. The logo will be added to the advertising materials for the event such as...

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URP author Rick Willson's books are on sale at Island Press, along with all their other titles, for limited time. Willson's books include Parking Management for Smart Growth (2015) and Parking Reform Made Easy (2013). Sale ends September 30.

Photo credit: James Rojas

The Dept. of Urban & Regional Planning (URP)and Ethnic & Women’s Studies (EWS) Dept. proudly present:

Symposium on Latina/o Urbanism

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016...

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Professor Rick Willson is working on a book about how to launch and navigate your planning career. The book won't come out for about a year, but in the meantime he is writing a series of twice-monthly blog posts on the topic for APA. Here's the first one...Comments and reactions welcome!...

The California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) is offering total $5,000 of scholarship funding, which can be allocated up to five students. Students whose GPA is 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students who are interested in the scholarship must submit...

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We are please to announce that Dr. Do Kim assumed the position of Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the beginning of Fall 2016. Dr. Courtney Knapp is serving as Graduate Coordinator. We look forward to their leadership as the department moves to implement its new...

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October 13th: Taco Fundraiser - Location: Campus Grounds
October 20th: Halloween Potluck - Location: TBD
November 5th: Forma Companies sponsored Design Completion -Location: Costa Mesa
November 8th: Catalytic Communities Lecture Series...

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Untitled, Salomon Huerta, 2000
August 25, 2016

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location:Self-Help Graphics & Art

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August 4, 2016

Beloved URP professor emerita Margarita McCoy died on March 31, 2016 at age 92. Margarita was a pioneer for women in the urban planning field. She was one of the first in the nation to hold a tenure-track position in planning and the first female full professor of planning in the United States,...

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Rick Willson’s new book, Parking Reform Made Easy, was published by Island Press in June 2013.  Mitchell Sliver, President of the American Planning Association and Chief Planning and Development Officer in Raleigh North Carolina, said the following in a review… “Finally, a comprehensive...

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