Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be participating in panel discussions on preservation of affordable housing and housing for older Americans in high access locations near transit at the American Planning Association's annual conference in Los Angeles on April 17, Abigail Thorne-Lyman, the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, will lead a multimodal tour -- walking, biking, transit -- of the Orange Line in the San Fernando Valley.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks and Program Director Catherine Cox Blair will be in Atlanta on Feb. 11 to attend a meeting of the Atlanta TOD Collaborative. The Atlanta TOD Collaborative is an eight-member partnership of non-profits and government agencies aimed at removing barriers to, and advancing incentives for, equitable transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Atlanta region, while increasing public understanding and awareness around the benefits of TOD. For more information, visit the Atlanta TOD Collaborative website.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be in Minneapolis on July 17 for the final meeting of the Steering Committee in pulling the program for the conference together in Los Angeles in October. For more information about the Oct. 13-17 2012 Los Angeles Rail~Volution conference visit the website RailVolution.org
Among the Reconnecting America participants in the two-day Partners in Innovation National Symposium in Denver last month was Chief of Staff Allison Brooks, who moderated a morning plenary discussion of the success of Portland and the Bay Area in developing TOD affordable to families across a range of incomes. Joining Brooks were Ken Kirkey, planning director at the Association of Bay Area Governments, and Jillian Detweiler, land development planner, TriMet, Portland, Oregon.
Allison Brooks, Reconnecting America's chief of staff, has an article on transit-oriented development in the summer issue of San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank's online publication, Community Investments.
Reconnecting America Interim President & CEO Allison Brooks and Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler will be in Seattle on August 12-13 to train Planning & Development Department staff in transit-oriented development (TOD) data and implementation tools in order to help promote walkable, vibrant, and affordable neighborhoods around major public transportation hubs in the region. Additional information about this place-based sustainability technical assistance is available here.
Reconnecting America (@reconnecting) and its partners in the Center for Transit-Oriented Development were out at Rail~Volution in Washington, DC, Oct. 16-19. A full list of their workshops and seminars appears at the bottom.
Monday, October 17, 10:30 am Linear Thinking as Creative Thinking: Planning at the Corridor Scale (Elizabeth Wampler) Value Capture: An Overview (Nadine Fogarty)
Monday, October 17, 2:30 pm Empowering Practitioners: Recent Analysis and Research Findings in TOD (Sam Zimbabwe and Matt Sussman) Equitable Sustainable Community Development - Lessons From Around the US (Allison Brooks)
Monday, October 17, 4:00 pm The Politics of Community Change: Race, Class and Displacement in America (Darnell Grisby) Affordable Housing Basics (G. Sasha Forbes) Finance: An Overview (Shanti Breznau)
Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 am ETOD: Focusing Employment Near Transit…
Reconnecting America recently completed Are We There Yet?, a project that established benchmarks against which regions across America can be measured. Allison Brooks offers an overview of the report and all that went into it.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be in Vancouver,BC, to continue the series of workshops introducing Arup employees, through their Arup University program, to the concept of transit-oriented development. This part is facilitated by Patrick Condon at the University of British Columbia. Through lectures, discussions, and site visits, participants in the workshop will learn about the different efforts going on in the Bay Area coordinating land-use, investments and public policy in order to support compact, walkable, mixed-use development in neighborhoods with high-quality public transit.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks and Center for Transit-Oriented Development Director Abigail Thorne-Lyman will be making presentations at the March 28 Funder's Network annual conference in Seattle. The conference will offer a mix of networking and active learning opportunities in a setting that fosters in-depth dialogue about the most complex issues facing communities, whether metropolitan areas or smaller towns and rural areas. More information here.