For more than ten years, the City of Springfield has partnered with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning programs to bring both undergraduate and graduate students to the city to work on real urban and community projects. This past Wednesday, August 31st, incoming graduate students of the UMass Amherst Masters of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning programs visited the city. The 20 students attended a luncheon at the Make It Springfield/UMass Design Center on Worthington Street and participated in a walking tour of downtown Springfield, visiting landmarks like City Hall and the Museum of Springfield History. Mayor Sarno welcomed the group to City Hall, along with city economic development and planning officials Brian Connors and Scott Hanson, and Director of Make It Springfield/TDI, Laura Masulis. The speakers highlighted the current arts, cultural and economic development initiatives happening throughout the city. This enriching collaboration benefits students and the city through working off campus in a diverse urban community collaborating with public officials, as well as contributing creative solutions to the challenges facing our community.