Angotti perfectly lays out what he believes progressive community planners should prioritize. I wanted to see what the government thinks of community planners, as despite how ideal these plans sound, politics have been greatly hindering progress for the sake of their own agendas. In the New York City Planning website, there is a tab titled “Community” that discusses PLACES, a program set forth by Mayor De Blasio’s current Housing New York Plan. This PLACES (Planning for Livability, Affordability, Community, Economic Opportunity and Sustainability) is a government approach that is more “people-centered planning” in which government officials work with communities, stakeholders, and elected officials to better neighborhoods. Their plan has a focus to: Listen + Learn → Vision → Generate Plan → Public Review + Implementation. Each step promises to look to the community for advice and approval. One of the places PLACES is working with is Bushwick. In their website, the Bushwick Community Plan states that it was created from their community board asking councilmembers if they could create a plan for the community, and a year later, their two councilmen initiated a community-planning process that is guided by a steering committee consisting of numerous representatives from Bushwick’s community-based organizations and local residents and Community Board members. Through this guidance, members are working hard, in their subcommittees, to propose plans that ensure that Bushwick maintains its character as a community despite development and other obstructions. This is an example of a community-based planning group that has formed with government support. Despite not having any specifications in their website and thus not being able to compare their ideas to those explained by Angotti as ideal, it seems that the government is attempting to break the barrier that is present between community and politics. Looking at their recent notes, however, this community planning group still has a certain distrust amongst them in that many residents do not know exactly what is going on behind the scenes. Again, lack of transparency seems to be a prevalent issue in government-public relationships. And while this group has existed for a few years, the new relationships formed between these contrasting institutions are still being explored, and so progress in terms of Angotti’s list of priorities may be possible but only after roles can be distributed.