About

Ezra Haber Glenn is a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where he teaches Quantitative Reasoning and Community Development.  Past positions include Director of Community Development for the City of Lawrence, MA, Director of Planning & Development for the City of Somerville, MA, and Land Use and Environmental Planning Consultant at the firm of McGregor & Associates. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2002.

He has also taught urban planning, politics, and GIS mapping at Tufts and UMass–Lowell.  He is an active member of the Citizen Planning Training Collaborative, where he offers seminars on community planning and zoning practice.  He is also a board member of the Mel King Institute for Community Building.

Ezra is also the founder and executive director of Public Planning, Research, and Implementation, Inc., a non-profit planning group established in 2002 to assist community-based organizations with land use and development planning projects. In his own home-town he serves as president of the Somerville Community Corporation and chairs the organization’s Real Estate Development Advisory Committee.

In addition to a number of article and book review on planning and community development, he is the author of Shape Your City: How to Use Public Data for Community Advocacy and Activism (O’Reilly, 2012).  He is also the author and maintainer of the acs package for the R statistical programming language, which provides a set of tools for working with demographic data from the American Community Survey.

Sometimes he blogs on CityState.

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