The Importance of Urban Planning and the Impact it has on Communities

By Kyle Roland

NYU Wagner Review podcast series include’s NYU policy and law students that will analyze policy issues and solutions emerging in real-time around the country.

Today’s podcast is an informative introduction to the Urban Planning specialization at NYU, with our special guest Jacquelyn Spade an MUP candidate. She shares insight on the urban planning specialization at NYU, how it impacts communities, and the way urban design perpetuates racial inequality.

She also examines the top down vs. bottom up planning, disciplines within the fundamental ideologies of planning, and the importance of green space.

This podcast is also featured on Spotify and Apple Music.


[00:00] Welcome and introduction from host Kyle Roland,

[00:35] Jacquelyn Spade introduces herself, her academic experience, and begins the discussion on the field of urban planning.

Guest Speaker

Jacquelyn Spade is a second-year MUP Candidate at NYU Wagner specializing in International Development Planning. She currently interns for Komera doing data analysis. She has an academic background in Sustainable Community Development with a specialization in Climate Change and Green Infrastructure from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Her professional background in management and renewable energy having spent time as a Fellow at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center working on their SolarizeMass program.


Kyle Roland is a second-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in social impact, innovation, and investment. He has a professional background in start-up growth, operations, and product design, as well as migration related humanitarian aid. He enjoys travel, guitar, cooking, and positivity. He also serves as a managing editor for The Wagner Review and Co-Director of Events for Social Innovation and Investment Alliance.

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Music Credit: Be Sound