The topic of planning for equity is one that is multi-faceted and of growing concern throughout the field of planning. In response, the American Planning Association initiated the development of a new policy guide to address the issue of planning for equity. Once finalized and adopted later this year, the Planning for Equity Policy Guide will establish APA’s official principles and practices on the topic. Lynn serves as the co-chair for the multi-year effort involving a working group of close to 30 planners from across the country.
A grassroots network of urban planners, policymakers, and designers formed in 2016 to amplify work on the issues affecting communities of color that are too often not fully recognized or addressed by professional urban planning and design communities. That effort resulted in Spaces and Places of Protest: The Cost of Social Injustice in Communities of Color, a convening held in New York in 2017 in conjunction with the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference. Lynn joined this effort to help plan and execute Spaces and Places 2018 in New Orleans on Saturday, April 21 during APA’s National Planning Conference. This year the theme is “Community-led Initiatives—Equity, Inclusion, Crisis.”
Urbanists of color are significantly underrepresented in the fields of planning, design, architecture and landscape architecture. In 2017, Lynn created the #urbanistleadersofcolor hashtag to identify and amplify the voices and work of urbanists of color on social media platforms. In 2018, work will begin to establish a platform to (1) build the urbanist leaders of color network; (2) continue to amplify the voices and work of urbanist leaders of color; and (3) better connect urbanist leaders of color to speaking and leadership opportunities.