- Millennials: Sharing Economies and Its Implications on Long-Term Planning July 28, 2017
By Jacob Cummings
Sharing economies can be dated from antiquity to present day in which wars are fought over resources including land, labor, and capital, but most importantly water. Like all wars, diplomacy must be met by compromise and sharing is the common thread which makes economies develop and flourish. Since millennials have grown up in the age of emerging technologies, sharing has become more common through the relevance of its existence. It starts from the inception of our lives and pushes our perception of giving far beyond our adolescence by using it in daily task and within our job sectors.
When we think of an economy sharing in present day, we think technology (security and financial payments), assets (renting and insurance), and the accommodation (price and customer satisfaction) to serve consumers who want affordable goods and services provided via the internet. These opportunities allow users of the goods and services to enhance their experience by spending more time with family, friends, and the exploration for leisure activity. Quite often we do not think of regulatory control when purchasing a service such as Lyft or Uber (peer-rental service for cars) or Airbnb (peer-rental for lodging), but the first factor we assume is how we can save money and time.
According to the Brookings Institute (2016) a sharing economy is “the peer-to-peer based activity of obtaining, giving, or sharing access to goods and services (Yaraghi, N. and Ravi, S.).” Collaborative consumption is the most widely used alternative name to describe this anomaly. This transformation includes the concept of “crowd-based capitalism – a new way of organizing economic activity that may supplant the traditional corporate-centered model (overview, The Sharing Economy by Arun Sundararajan, 2016).” What does this mean to the generation of millennials and how it is being used in terms of long-term ...
- Treasure Coast Section selected to host 2018 State Conference! July 20, 2017
Treasure Coast Section Chair Josh Long, AICP, announced the Treasure Coast Section has been selected to host the 2018 State Conference! The conference will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and the new Hilton West Palm Beach from September 11th through September 14th 2018. The State Conference will provide the Treasure Coast Section an opportunity to showcase all that the Treasure Coast has to offer. Josh’s team will begin planning for the conference soon and is looking for volunteers. The Section will need volunteers for the following subcommittees:
- Receptions (identifying locations for receptions)
- Program (speakers and sessions)
- Mobile workshops (identifying and organizing local tours for mobile workshops)
- Marketing/Sponsorships (getting sponsors and exhibitors)
- Volunteers (organizing volunteers to help during the actual conference)
- Conference websites (posting conference materials on website)
If you have any interest in volunteering or have any questions regarding the 2018 State Conference, please email Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in West Palm Beach!
- A Student’s Take: Medical Marijuana and the Sunshine State: Project Based Learning for Emerging Planners May 30, 2017
By Jarrell Smith
Writing papers, studying for exams, giving presentations, and completing group assignments are all elements individuals experience during their college journey. Correct? Well, how about assisting a local police department in creating a robust transportation and delivery program for medical cannabis (marijuana?)
During the spring 2017 semester at the University of Florida, a group of students enrolled in a crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) course applied CPTED principles to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Alachua County.
According to course leader, Dr. Richard Schneider¹, modern CPTED theory and practice includes an emphasis on surveillance, access control designs, the creation of clearly defined spaces and hierarchies, and the recognition of conflicting uses and activities. At the start of the course, students are asked to focus on one of the following planning related themes:
2) zoning and land use
3) exterior design and signage
4) interior design and store layout
5) security plans and systems
6) risk assessment
7) transportation and delivery
I focused on applying CPTED principles to the transportation and delivery of medical marijuana.
Before enrolling in the CPTED course, most of the students were unaware that medical marijuana had been legalized in the state of Florida.
Consequently, reviewing the Florida Statutes was the first step in the research process. After examining the statutes, the investigators began exploring the regulations other states implemented for medical marijuana. Subsequently, the students consulted Dr. Schneider to determine the most suitable CPTED standards that could reduce opportunities for crime in relatively cost-efficient ways.
Finally, the researchers had the opportunity to present the initial findings and recommendations to public officials from the City of Gainesville and Alachua County at large (Figure 1). In reference to the transportation and delivery of medical cannabis, I know that a comprehensive transportation strategy is vital for the medical marijuana industry considering ...
- Student Articles Wanted April 5, 2017
APA Florida is currently seeking student article submissions for their quarterly magazine Florida Planning and also for their monthly e-newsletter (click here for examples of each). These articles are a great way for students to promote their work, build their resumes and connect with planning professionals.
A list of available article topics and corresponding deadlines are here (strikethroughs indicate topics that have already been assigned). Students are encouraged to relate their chosen topic to past or present academic, internship or professional work, however, they are not required to have any expertise on these subjects.
Interested students should contact Patti Shea (email@example.com) briefly indicating their topic of interest and what they intend to write about at least two weeks prior to the article deadline. Once confirmed, article drafts for Florida Planning are expected to be between 500 – 750 words and e-news articles should be between 300 – 400 words.
Please contact Patti Shea (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Chapter Office with any additional questions.
- REMINDER: – THIS FRIDAY: Practicing Planner Reflections 101: What you don’t always learn in class. February 13, 2017