Community Planning Masters Students Win Prize
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Master in Community Planning, or MCP, students Benjamin McGarr, Mark Aniadaga, and Charles Jones received the 2022 Distinguished Leadership Award for a team of planning students from the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association for their project titled “Renewing the Heart of Phenix City “. The team received their award at the recent joint conference of the Alabama and Mississippi chapters of the American Planning Association and the Alabama Association of Regional Councils conference held concurrently in Orange Beach, AL.
The team was nominated by Dr. Binita Mahato for completing this project in his CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio in the spring of 2022. Students in this studio developed three urban design plans – A City of New Beginnings, Renewal from the heart of Phenix City and the paving. the Way for a Vibrant and Active Future focusing on the redevelopment of downtown Phenix City. During the same semester, Dr. Sweta Byahut’s CPLN 5060/6060 Sustainable Transportation Planning class focused on the redevelopment of the 13th Street Corridor that connects Columbus, GA. The students proposed plans for roundabout design, multimodal connections, pedestrian and cyclist safety, improved parking, and improved recreational pathways. These projects were taken into collaboration with Phenix City, AL. Students from both classes presented their projects to the Phoenix City Council the mayor and key officials. Congratulations to the students for their excellent work.
The Alabama City Annual Program features community outreach projects undertaken by MCP students and faculty.