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Friday, October 24, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - An innovative urban revitalization plan for a segment of Hemphill Street in Fort Worth won the 2008 American Planning Association-Texas Chapter Student Planning Award. Douglas Cooper, Douglas McDonald, Donna Moore and Christina Sebastian, all master’s degree students in the city and regional planning program at the University of Texas at Arlington, competed with other Texas schools, including The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University for the award, which UT Arlington also won in 2005.

The students’ plan, titled “In Between-Connecting People and Places,” was designed to help revitalize and connect people with new development that would be considerate of current residents. The project team conducted numerous interviews with residents, the business community, and city of Fort Worth staff to access community interest and support. The team then condensed the community input, and identified goals and strategies that would be necessary to achieve the community’s vision. The plan’s goals emphasized a need to preserve historical structures, a focus on developing community organizations and an idea to create a connecting business corridor between Fort Worth’s planned “Urban Villages.”

The students will receive their award Feb. 4, 2009, at the American Planning Association- Texas Chapter Conference in El Paso. Contact Douglas McDonald at (214) 801-7792 or Martind.mcdonald@gmail.com for more information.

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