Amanda Burden, Chair of the New York City Planning Commission , has long been a supporter of the High Line-- she sheparded through the 2005 West Chelsea Rezoning  which allowed its preservation. And excellence and hard work was recognized recently.
On Monday evening at the 2008 National Planning Conference  in Las Vegas, Amanda was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows . Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the AICP bestows upon a member. Induction recognizes planners who've made "exceptional contributions to the planning profession."
And Amanda has certainly made an exceptional contribution: Since her appointment by Mayor Bloomberg in 2002, she has led the largest planning effort in the city since the mid-twentieth century. Transforming visions-- such as the High Line-- into reality, Amanda is setting the stage for sensible, smart development, reclaiming waterfront and ex-industrial space, designing new parkland and public spaces such as the High Line, and promoting great architecture and urban design in all five boroughs.
Read the APA's Announcement 
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