BUILDING HEALTHY CORRIDORS: Transforming Urban & Suburban Arterials into Thriving Places
To build strong, healthy communities, we need to rethink how our public rights-of-way interact with the people who travel along them. Car-oriented street design makes it difficult or unsafe for people to walk or cross the street; a lack of well-maintained sidewalks and reliable public transit options gives people no choice except to drive; crosswalks are scarce; and people have no convenient access to healthy foods.
At this Leadership Luncheon, we’ll look at transportation corridors and hear case studies on corridor analysis, project development, and best practices. Rachel MacCleery, Senior VP at the Urban Land Institute
, who oversees the Building Healthy Places initiative, will discuss ULI’s recent publications including Envisioning Healthy Corridors: Lessons from Our Communities
and Blind Spots: How Unhealthy Corridors Harm Communities and How to Fix Them
. Peter Norton, Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering & Society at the University of Virginia
will provide more insight into how outdated retail and auto-dominated strips can be transformed into corridors that are safe, healthy, vibrant, and mixed-use.
FEATURED SPEAKERSPETER NORTON
Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering & Society
University of Virginia
Peter Norton is a historian of cities, streets, and people. He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City
(MIT Press). His article “Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street
,” published in Technology and Culture, won the Abbott Payson Usher Prize of the Society for the History of Technology. He is a member of the University of Virginia’s Center for Transportation Studies and has recently finished a guest faculty appointment with Technical University Eindhoven (Netherlands). He is an advocate of sustainable and equitable mobility and a frequent speaker on urban mobility’s past, present, and future.
Senior Vice President
Urban Land Institute Building Healthy Places/Infrastructure Initiative
Under the Building Healthy Places Initiative, Rachel MacCleery is spearheading ULI’s efforts to leverage the power of its global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. The initiative seeks to advance understanding of and action on connections between the built environment and health. Recent Building Healthy Places Initiative reports spearheaded by Rachel include the Building Healthy Places Toolkit
. The ULI Healthy Corridors
project, also led by Rachel, is working to transform underperforming urban and suburban arterials as healthier places. Rachel is a dynamic leader with extensive knowledge of land use, environment and sustainability, social equity, and infrastructure policy and practice issues. \ She has a deep and demonstrated commitment to improving the places where Americans live, work, and play. She brings a strong understanding of both public and private sector perspectives to discussions about how to make communities better. Rachel began her career as a transportation planner for the city of Washington, D.C., followed by consulting with China on infrastructure and planning projects through AECOM.
Research Area Specialist for Salud America!
Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio
VIA Board of Trustees
Amanda Merck (@AMFitnessHealth) has a Master’s in Public Health and curates content for Salud America! (@SaludAmerica) at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. The Salud America! team shares the latest research, resources, and stories to inspire people to start and support policy, systems, and environmental changes to improve Latino health equity. Her two key topics are transportation and childhood trauma. Merck serves on the VIA Metropolitan Transit Board of Trustees.