Walkable, Not Unaffordable: Creating Walkable Communities Without Displacement (2:15pm-3:45pm)

Thursday, September 14

Although walkability can bring economic benefits to an area, the economic boom that may result from walkability can have negative side effects – increased rent, redevelopment and displacement of existing communities. Despite good intentions, advocates can sometimes hurt the communities they are trying to help, driving opposition to these efforts. Some strategies, such as early engagement, more holistic approaches to development of walkable communities, or new ways to approach walkability, can address those problems. This workshop will feature transportation planners and advocates who have successfully navigated these issues, who will discuss their experiences and lessons learned.

Room: Kellogg 1


  • Patrick Wojahn, Director of Government Relations, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Charles Brown, Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
  • Nieeta Presley, Executive Director, Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Jake Spano, Mayor, St. Louis Park, MN

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