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Thursday, October 3 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
From Pavement to Placemaking: The Rebirth of America's Suburbs

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For decades, suburbs represented the aspirations of many Americans. But the promise of the suburbs was undermined by entrenched inequity and aggravated by single-use zoning that favored driving and left many communities complacent and placeless. Now, two historic shifts are challenging the suburbs: increasing poverty, and demographic changes that fuel the demand for walkability and new housing forms among millennials and retirees. This session will take a multi-faceted look at how communities are using equity challenges and placemaking as the impetus for suburbs to promote walkable urban places with a particular focus on Washington’s suburbs. Panelists will demonstrate how to address placemaking, housing and transportation choices, and equity in a variety of suburban settings from community-wide initiatives to transform suburban parking lots into neighborhood gathering spaces, to a community shelter with supportive housing in a suburban town center. Attendees will learn about how the building blocks of urban design are critical in creating walkable places that become the heart of their communities; public realms that promote interaction and community; and authenticity that represents living culture and traditions.

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Mallory Baches

Program Manager, Congress for the New Urbanism
Mallory Baches is an urban designer with twenty years experience working at the intersection of urbanism and community development. Mallory began her career with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and was a founder of the firm’s first affiliate, DPZpacific. She is skilled in master-planning... Read More →

Atul Sharma

Master Planner, Montgomery Planning

David Dixon

Vice President, Stantec's Urban Places
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Jason Beske

Senior Urban Designer, Stantec's Urban Places
Jason is a Senior Urban Designer and Planner in Stantec’s Urban Places Arlington office. He has a broad range of urban planning experience and has led initiatives that range from large-scale comprehensive planning and civic engagement projects to site plan and special exception... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
EPB, 7th Floor, Room 1