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I had a little bit of a meltdown at a coffee break during the recent meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning – North America’s gathering of university planning faculty. It’s not typically a high-key emotional atmosphere, but I was truly thrown for a loop by a photo display of past meetings. There I was, among colleagues, as we hosted the 2016 meeting in Portland. In the picture, taken about two weeks before the U.S. election, we are all grinning widely. I had passed out lapel pins with Michelle Obama making a side-eye face to all the members of the Faculty Women’s Interest Group and the Planners of Color; we were holding joint workshops and enjoying the ever-increasing diversity of the Association. My fellow housing researchers had big plans to push forward the fair housing agenda, forty years overdue but finally resurrected; likewise environmental justice and taking climate change seriously were surely solidly prioritized.


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