"The American democratic philosophy calls for citizens to display a sense ofcivic responsibility and to get involved in community affairs. However, withthe highly technical nature of community planning procedures in large cit-ies such as New York, many people in effect are excluded from the urbanplanning process.This paper reports on the methodology and results of a community partici-pation project organized by the author over a two year period (1988 &1989). This action research project, entitled "Neighborhoods - 2000" wasdeveloped and piloted in Long Island City, NY, with the goal of enhancing thecommunity awareness and involvement of youth and senior citizen residents,two populations who typically have limited community participation oppor-tunities.This paper consists of a description of the evolution and outcomes of the twocomponents of this pilot project; community-based "intergenerational spe-cial events" and a school-based "intergenerational urban studies curricu-lum".Two special events, the "Community Mural Day" and the "Futures Festival"were conducted as preliminary community organizing tactics.For the urban studies curriculum component of the project, eight seniorcitizens who were recruited through local senior citizen centers workedjointly with a class of sixth grade students on a series of neighborhood ex-plorations, communication, and urban planning exercises, culminating inpublicized recommendations for improving life in Long Island City. Qualita-tive data analysis methods were used to examine attitudinal and behavioral changes occurring in the participants throughout the course of the curricu-lum.The benefits of this action research project for participating youth and sen-iors are described in terms of evidence of tolerance and understanding ofother generations, sense of "civic responsibility", "sense of community",interest in, and knowledge of, community affairs, and participants' plans forfuture involvement in community activities and events.This paper also presents a rationale, derived from the progressive tradi-tions of participatory environmental planning and intergenerational pro-gramming as well as from the results of this project, supporting these andother intergenerational urban planning processes."