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Friday, April 14 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Neighborhood Placemaking FULL

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Jane Jacobs wrote that, “under the seeming disorder of the old city... is a complex order. The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any once place is always replete with new improvisations.” Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being. While these strategies are sometimes writ large over entire cities or districts, this session takes placemaking down to its most tangible, grassroots level - the neighborhood - to talk about how citizen engagement and the thoughtful alignment of stakeholders can be a powerful force in revitalizing and reclaiming nodes of economic opportunity.

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Kathleen Galvin

Architect and City Councilor, Galvin Architects and Charlottesville City Council
Ms. Galvin is a registered architect with her own practice in Virginia. She’s been a lead urban designer on such projects as the Crozet Master Plan, Old Trail Village, and the Places29 Master Plan and Transportation Study and is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia... Read More →

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Ric Cavender

Executive Director, Charleston Main Streets
Ric is the Executive Director of Charleston Main Streets, the city’s community & economic development agency focused on the East End and West Side Urban business districts. Since the programs' inceptions, the districts have experienced public and private investments totaling over... Read More →
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Cathryn Davis

Executive Director, ENOUGH PIE
Cathryn Davis Zommer is the Executive Director of Enough Pie, a non-profit in Charleston, SC that uses creativity to connect and empower their community. A documentary filmmaker and activist, Cathryn led global creative marketing campaigns in New York for 10 years before returning... Read More →
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Rick Destito

Owner, dreamer, doer, The Gear Factory
Rick Destito is a Real Estate Investor, Social Entrepreneur, and owner of The Gear Factory. The Gear Factory is a 65,000sf building in Syracuse with a remarkable history, modern energy, and a promising future that Rick is steadily redeveloping with green infrastructure and a crowd... Read More →
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Alia Scanlon

Interim Executive Director, Jane's Walk
Alia connects, builds, and supports the network of over city-builders who organize Jane’s Walk in 200+ cities around the world. She loves data and believes that kindness, joy, and inclusive community-building are what make cities thrive.


Ekin Arin

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room 209, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903