Yes, yes, I know. It's the third time's a charm...but one, I'm Cuban (technically Cuban-American but I grew up in Miami so that makes me pretty much Cuban and explains why I suck at American idioms... apparently, Italian cousins are not the same thing as Irish twins, but I digress); and two, second time is technically a more accurate (and you know how we feel about precise data at State of Place!) way to describe this video reprisal (below) of my amazingly received keynote at the WALK21 Conference last fall, which we're presenting today (just happened across it on YouTube - yay! - while I was googling myself over Memorial Day weekend...no lie) in lieu of a written blog this week.
3 Cities. 5 Presentations. Dozens of Demos! That's been life for the past 3 weeks for Mariela, our Founder and CEO! You'd think she would be tired but she's caught a bad case of Keynote-itis and is keen (sorry, that's a lot of alliteration!) to keep it going. So we're doing three days of 30-minute demos! If you want to find out why the New Cities Foundation just named her an Associate Fellow for Placemaking (yeah, that did just happen!) or better yet, want to learn how to quickly quell those pesky naysayers that have been holding back your placemaking and walkability plans AND decrease your consulting costs to boot, plan to spend some QT with Mariela next week! She'll show you how to use data to "fight the good fight" and reduce your consulting costs to boot!
On today's blog, read about how our six WINNERS want to use State of Place to make the case for great places. From helping make the case for complete streets applications to showcasing the economic benefits of revitalizing car-oriented main streets, we're honored by your excitement and enthusiasm for State of Place. We can't wait to help these communities make the case for great places. Scroll below to find out more about these six amazing projects and sign up for a demo to find out more!
In the second installment of our COO, Michelle Drouse Woodhouse’s Suburban Mom series about placemaking - and the State of (Suburban) Place(s) - Michelle is a fish out of water determined to re-learn how to walk, while trying not to fully embrace the suburban mom title. See how she did on her “walk” to the local 7-Eleven store with her kids. And find out how data and predictive analytics can help make all suburban walks more memorable - and safe!
We get asked asked a lot about how we "measure up" to other walkability tools in the market. As data geeks, we *really* LOVE answering this question. But rather than keep that passion to ourselves, today we are sharing our Ultimate Guide to Walkability Tools with you! We compiled a list of the most popular and useful tools out there, and evaluated them based on various factors to help you decide which walkability assessment tool is right for your development project, neighborhood, or city.
This week, the folks at the National University of Singapore have invited me to talk about the importance of evidence-based design. Since I can't take you guys to Singapore with me, we thought we'd share a video of a talk I gave at the Placemaking Conference in Oklahoma City two years ago, nearly to the date. (with a cliffnotes-like outline to boot). Here's what you'll learn:
1) The elements of good urban design
2) How to quantify what people love about cities
3) How to forecasting the economic value of great places to help you combat nimbys and naysayers
4) That I still have a Miami accent - and how growing up there made me want to fix places as a vehicle to fix people...
So spend your lunch break with me - I promise, I'm good company, if anything, for the geeky self-deprecation alone!