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Planning Matters Presents Emily Talen: Walkable + Diverse Urbanism – The Complications of an Ideal

November 9, 2017
8:00 am - 10:00 am
2585 Summer Avenue
Memphis, TN United States
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Karen Foster
(901) 231-5058


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What is walkability, and what does it have to do with public health, public safety, workforce development, or equity? What is “urbanism” and why does it matter to me?

Land use planning is a series of choices, made by people, in service of communities. In Walkable + Diverse Urbanism: The Complications of an Ideal,” professor and author Emily Talen will connect the aspirations of great neighborhood development to some of its myriad benefits for people – and walk us through some of the practical and political barriers that sometimes get in the way.

Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Prior appointments were at Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a Phd in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research is devoted to urban design and urbanism, especially the relationship between the built environment and social equity. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014-15), and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Emily’s presentation is the second event in Planning Matters, a series of public events sponsored by ULI Memphis and University of Memphis Design Collaborative (UMDC), featuring national planning and development experts from around the country. Planning Matters seeks to both demystify exactly what comprehensive planning is and provide locals with cutting edge ideas and best practices to enhance the Memphis 3.0 plan.

Registration begins at 8:00 am, program will run 8:30-10:00.

This event is free for ULI Members, Non-Members $10.

Parking: Intel lot on the other side of the railroad tracks from Propcellar at the corner of Bingham & Broad. Map here.


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