Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA)
The Snell Grant was used to provide matching funds to host the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) in the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. UT and JAPA have a mutual interest in ensuring the journal continues to provide leadership in understanding, challenging, and thereby strengthening planning practice and the relationship between the academic and practice wings of the profession and enhancing the appeal of the Journal to practitioners. We believe that the institutional relationship between the American Planning Association and the University of Texas to be mutually beneficial and the ability to provide matching funds from the Snell grant exhibit a major commitment from UT to the project and on behalf of the field of planning.
The JAPA team traveled to the following conferences to hold Editorial Board Meetings:
- Association of Collegiate Schools in Planning in Philadelphia
- American Planning Association in Seattle
In addition to the Editorial Board meeting held in Seattle, JAPA was able to sponsor the registration fees for three Associate Editors with Snell funds, who did not have institutional funding to attend otherwise.
During the 2014-15 year, four issues of the Journal of the American Planning Association were published, with a fifth that is with the publisher and ready to produce. The Journal has received media attention for many articles, including a blurb in Wired magazine on Lisa Schweitzer’s piece on Twitter and transit, and some coverage on Németh and Ross’s article on cannabis stores and zoning in Denver now that marijuana sales are legal.
JAPA staff are also in conversation with the American Planning Association about publishing a compilation of the Perspective Series, a monthly piece in the journal focused on a senior professional looking back on their career, as a book.