The Exponential Power of Place + Mobility as Vehicles for Community Transformation

What happens when we activate both place and mobility at the same time, in the same space, as a comprehensive, culturally-relevant strategy to improve disinvested communities and transform the lives of marginalized people? This interactive session will explore the inherent power in combining place + mobility as vehicles to reduce violence, create jobs, improve health and make low- to moderate-income communities of color more liveable. The session will examine sincere community engagement strategies to mobilize people around a community-driven, equity-centered advocacy agenda, designed to shift local policy. The session will use case studies from Chicago, New Orleans and Nashville to understand how hardware (infrastructure) and software (programming) contribute to activating space and increasing mobility. The session will delve into planning and executing impactful completes streets, placemaking, community bicycle rides and walking tours. The presentation will define equity as the fair, just distribution of resources, explicitly targeting and prioritizing people who need resources the most. The presentation will make the case for local, national and international policies prioritizing a formal, operational commitment to equity within government agencies and mainstream organizations. The interactive portion of this session will allow participants to explore the opportunity to utilize existing and proposed infrastructure to incorporate place + mobility in the area surrounding two of Nashville’s anchor entertainment venues: Bridgestone Arena and Nissan Stadium. Session participants will explore ways to effectively utilize the existing framework and incorporate a new, complementary framework to provide increased access to stadium events, while also mitigating adverse impacts on tangential LMI communities of color, such as gentrification and displacement. Participants will work to quantify the exponential power of place + mobility and their impact on marginalized neighborhoods.


As a compliment to this session, participants will be invited to join session leaders on a bicycle tour, called Ride to Explore the Exponential Power of Place + Mobility, of the areas surrounding both Bridgestone Arena and Nissan Stadium, discussing the work from the session within a real-life, on-the-ground context. 


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  • Olatunji Oboi Reed, President & CEO (Equiticity)

  • Melissa S. Lee, Board Chair (Bike Easy)

  • Sean Terry, Planner (Collier Engineering)

    • Wednesday, April 4 (10:15am - 11:45am)

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