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Thursday, October 3 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
On the Frontlines of Placemaking in Urban Trails: Tools to Increase Social and Health Equity

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The session will first frame the issue of creating great inclusive healthy places that serve as gathering spaces that tackle inequities that exist with our cites by creating opportunities to forge social connections, strengthen community bonds, and improve health equity. Public spaces are increasingly being managed by special districts and friends of organizations requiring a balancing of the interests of the rate -payers and other investors with then needs to create functioning public space. The Panel will then describe two very recent efforts by the APA and the Center for Active Designs that can be used as tools to increase social and health equity through public space and design management.

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Kevin Dow

Executive Director, Friends of the Rail Park
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Lisa Middag

Director of Nicollet Activation, Mpls Downtown Improvement District
I’m an urban planner with a background in the arts who collaborates with communities to support sustainable, vibrant, and walkable public spaces through creative placemaking and community development. I was hired in early 2017 to develop a framework for activation along Nicollet... Read More →
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Suzanne Graham

President, Downtown Akron Partnership
Suzie serves as President of Downtown Akron Partnership, a non-profit dedicated to building the vibrancy and value of the center city Special Improvement District. In Akron, Ohio. She mobilizes proactive partnerships and collaborative placemaking efforts to anticipate and address... Read More →
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Adam Perkins

Urban Planning Manager, Downtown Denver Partnership
Adam leads Downtown Denver’s place-based economic development efforts through improving the public realm. As the Senior Urban Planning Manager, Adam manages all planning efforts including the 16th Street Mall, outdoor spaces, linear parks, and core downtown neighborhoods. He has... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
EPB, 7th Floor, Room 2