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Build Baton Rouge’s Imagining Plank Road: Towards an Equitable Development Plan

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LabGov, in coordination with the Marron Institute of Urban Management at NYU, launched a new urban regeneration project in Baton Rouge using the Co-City Methodology, which requires community input along every step of the regeneration process.  The project, which is expected to span three years, began in the fall of 2019, but the planning process is already well under way. The project’s focus will be on the impoverished Plank Road Corridor, one of the most blighted and depleted areas in all of Baton Rouge.

Meet the Co-Cities Fellow for LabGov Baton Rouge

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Manohar “Manny” Patole is the Co-City Fellow and Project Manager overseeing the Baton Rouge regeneration project. Manny collaborates with Co-City principals and local authorities to apply and adapt the Co-City protocol throughout this process.

Manny earned a Masters of Urban Planning from NYU Wagner. In addition, he graduated as part of the inaugural class of the joint venture between UNESCO’s Institute for Water Education and University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy with a LLM/ME specializing in Water Governance and Conflict Resolution and Water Conflict Management. His research interests include data for development, environmental gentrification, local government innovation, and urban policy.