Creative Placemaking at the Intersection of Community Engagement and Pedestrian Safety in Little East Africa, San Diego (9:00am-10:30am)

Friday, September 15

A panel of San Diego-based community advocates, artists, and stakeholders will discuss their successes and challenges in an ongoing community-led placemaking effort to repurpose a blighted, dirt right-of-way in the Little East Africa neighborhood of urban San Diego into a multi-generational Gathering Space. Placemaking strategies lead to greater community engagement and, therefore, more salient and lasting designs.  Here, the community is interested in traffic calming along a dangerous corridor and enhancing a sense of destination through cultural representation in the built environment.  Through this case study, the panel will explore transportation justice and community planning in under-resourced communities.

Room: Governors 2


Ben Stone,  Arts and Culture Director, Transportation for America


  • Anastasia Brewster, Active Transportation Coordinator, City Heights Community Development Corporation
  • Randy Van Vleck, Active Transportation Manager, City Heights Community Development Corporation
  • Ahmed Malinomar, Community Engagement Specialist, City Heights Community Development Corporation
  • Mohamed Osman, Artist, MA+O Design House