Episode 74 of the Mpact Podcast is dynamic discussion with leaders from across North America about the future of downtowns and the elements of successful places, whether downtown or not downtown. Hear the latest research about downtown recovery. Find out the elements of more successful downtowns. And learn about places like Capitol Riverfront in Washington, DC, and Culdesac in Tempe, AZ, where a mix of uses and activities and modes combine to create resilient places. This discussion at a time of rapid change also includes several calls to action: to act faster and more decisively about commercial real estate; to address homelessness as a regional rather than city issue; and to build or rebuild in ways that reflect and involve the people whose lives and heritage define a place.
The episode is a recording of the closing plenary at the 2023 Mpact Transit + Community in Phoenix. The speakers include Karen Chapple, Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto; Emeke Moneme, President of Capitol Riverfront in Washington, DC.; Nichol Bourdeaux, Chief Planning and Engagement Officer at the Utah Transit Authority; Dee Brewer, Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake; Ryan Johnson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Culdesac in Tempe, AZ; and Christopher Coes, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Transportation.
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Karen Chapple, Ph.D., Director, School of Cities and Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto / Professor Emerita of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
Emeke Moneme, President, Capitol Riverfront, Washington, DC
Nichol Bourdeaux, Chief Planning and Engagement Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Dee Brewer, Executive Director, Downtown Alliance, Salt Lake City, UT
Ryan Johnson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Culdesac, Tempe, AZ
Moderator: Christopher Coes, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, Office of the Secretary, USDOT, Washington, DC