NPC 2020 | Houston

Preserving Community

"A bastion of history and culture for the black community, Houston, Texas’ Third Ward is a neighborhood known for its vibrancy and activism...However, this neighborhood has recently experienced an influx of outside investment and development, generating fears of displacement and cultural erasure..."


NPC 2019 | San Francisco

SOMA Pilipinas

Located in Downtown San Francisco is the heart of SOMA Pilipinas. The placemaking and participatory design efforts to make SOMA a historically registered Filipino-American enclave exemplify a distinct example of the processes and strategies necessary to preserve a vibrant ethnic enclave...


About the Program

On The Ground is the Division's way of providing a snapshot of what's going on around the site of the National Planning Conference. Each year we'll bring you original reporting that we hope will inform your trip, and prove to be interesting interjections into your conversations while you're there.