John Cruz, MUP, is an urban planner in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the Editor-In-Chief of The Urbanist Dispatch.
He received his MUP from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. While in graduate school he was involved in student leadership with the Wayne State Student Urban Planners as well as with the Michigan Association of Planning’s Student conference, working as the host committee chairman when Wayne State University hosted the conference. During his time at Wayne State, John’s research focused primarily on economic development, small business development, and transit systems. Large projects included a neighborhood plan for Woodbridge (Detroit) and Transit Oriented Economic Development for Rust-Belt Cities.
Upon completion of his degree he went to work as an immigration research intern for Global Detroit. Working with Global Detroit staff and Kurt Metzger of Data Driven Detroit he compiled an in-depth statistical report about the foreign-born populations of the Metro Detroit area. John and Kurt made media appearances to discuss the report’s findings.
Prior to his work in urban planning, John worked as a web developer building custom e-commerce applications and doing content management system programming. He has also worked as a content producer for CBS Detroit’s “Defend your ride” automotive feature, been a social media manager for the Detroit Revitalization Fellows program, and worked on election campaigns as a political consultant.
Having left Detroit in 2013, to move to Montréal, Quebec where he lived until August 2015. John now lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife Kaitlin. In his spare you can find him hiding behind a camera lens or playing one of his guitars or saxophones.
John can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.