Raleigh’s planning director among world’s top ‘city innovators’

Posted by Colin Campbell on October 24, 2013 

Mitchell Silver

AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION — American Planning Association

Raleigh Planning Director Mitchell Silver has a new accolade on his resume: one of the world’s top 100 “city innovators,” as ranked by UBM’s Future Cities, an international website for what it calls “city decision makers.”

Not many people from mid-size cities like Raleigh made the list. Silver is in good company alongside the transportation commissioner for New York City, the deputy mayor of London and a number of CEOs.

Here’s what the publication had to say about Silver: “The past president of the American Planning Association (APA), Silver is in charge of the second-largest city in the state, which is also the county seat. He’s an old hand at this work, having worked as Policy and Planning Director in New York City and Deputy Planning Director in Washington prior to coming to Raleigh in 2005. He’s also taken at least one punch for his team.”

That last line is a reference to an incident earlier this year when Silver was assaulted during a particularly heated public hearing. A former city employee admitted to punching the planner after getting upset about a proposed Sheetz gas station.

In a news release, Silver said he’s honored to get the accolade. “Planners should innovate to create communities of lasting value,” he said. “My hope is this recognition will motivate and inspire others to pursue innovation to address emerging 21st century issues.”

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