Category Archives: Presentations

National Planning Conference Legacy Business Panel

Excited that my panel proposal has been accepted for the 2020 National Planning Conference. On April 27, 2020 we’ll be sharing the results of a study of legacy business initiatives across the US and sharing experiences of leaders in the field.

Legacy Business Initiatives: Emerging Directions NPC208088

Learn about three new legacy business initiatives that seek to document and promote the independent, quirky, long-standing enterprises so essential to neighborhood character and community identity. Hear the results of the first national study of legacy business programs across North America.

April 27, 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Location: 361
Pardis Saffari | Shanon Miller, AICP | Wesley Regan | Elizabeth Morton

Amazon is coming to town panel

Had a great time moderating this panel “Amazon is Coming to Town” with Stephanie Landrum, Alex Iams, Helen McIlvaine and Karl Mortiz at the Virginia APA Alexandria Symposium.

Matthew Lesh

Thank you to Matthew Lesh for coming to present to our Autonomous Vehicles Studio Class!

Matthew Lesh is an AV mobility consultant focused on accessibility, equity, transit integration and deployment. He works the transportation consultant Mobility e3 who help communities take advantage of new mobility technologies such as autonomous vehicles. Matthew gave a presentation to the studio about the possible impacts AVs could have on transportation and the built environment.

Matthew presented both the good and bad impacts that autonomous vehicles could have. AVs have the potential to solve many problems that have vexed planners for years, such as paratransit for people with disabilities and bridging the first and last mile connection to transit. To gain the benefits of automation, Lesh said that AVs must be planned to be accessible for all travelers as a priority and that significant coordination by government agencies between private autonomous vehicles fleets may be necessary.

Graduate student studio project on Arlington Vietnamese community spurs May 9 celebration

VT students work on the history of Little Saigon continues to resonate in Arlington. While the studio may have ended months ago, the students’ enthusiasm has not waned. They have continued to advocate for public awareness of Clarendon’s Vietnamese history, attending many meetings with local Arlington officials.

As a result, Arlington County will honor Clarendon’s Vietnamese heritage from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Clarendon Central Park (at Clarendon Metro) as part of Neighborhood Day 2015.

The Arlington County Board will make a proclamation, and the event will include a number of guest speakers, public art and art activities by Artist Khánh H. Lê, and self-guided smart phone tours of Little Saigon businesses narrated by former community members.

Check out the full story on Virginia Tech’s news site: link