Congratulations to Gerardo Sandoval (Ph.D. '07, M.C.P '02) for his Honorable Mention for the Paul Davidoff Book Award for Immigrants and the Revitalization of Los Angeles: Development and Change in MacArthur Park and its engagement of issues of poverty, inequality and social justice.
Immigrants and the Revitalization of Los Angeles explores the successful large-scale redevelopment plan of a low-income immigrant community in Los Angeles with a history of crime and violence. The book is a valuable resource for understanding and supporting revitalization, based off a case study of a place-specific planning process and its positive outcomes for the local community. Dr. Sandoval's work offers a close look at the politics of participation and is of great use to advocacy planners.
Dr. Sandoval is an assistant professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the roles of immigrants in community regeneration, the responses of governments to the presence of immigrants, and the ways that transnational relationships shape spaces that immigrants inhabit. Along with Immigrants and the Revitalization of Los Angeles, Dr. Sandoval’s publications include: “Transnational Placemaking in Small-Town America,” in Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities (M. Rios and L. Vasquez, eds.);“The Exotic Other: Latinos and the Remaking of Community Identity in Perry, Iowa” (with F. Trabalzi), Community Development (2010); “Latino Urbanism Revisited: Placemaking in New Gateways and the Urban-Rural Interface” (with M. Maldonado), Journal of Urbanism (2012); and “Shadow Transnationalism: Cross-Border Networks and Planning Challenges of Transnational Unauthorized Immigrant Communities,” Journal of Planning Education and Research (2013). He earned his Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Paul Davidoff Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the academic planning field and is presented biennially by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The award recognizes an outstanding book promoting participatory planning and positive social change while reflecting core values of Paul Davidoff, a respected activist academic of modern city planning. This year's award will be announced at the ACSP Administrator's Conference, November 14-17, 2013.
Photo: University of Oregon.