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Open for Whom? Streets as a Platform for Recovery (Live Webcast)

June 16, 2020 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Open for Whom? Streets as a Platform for Recovery
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Crisis precipitates change. The novel Coronavirus has transformed our lived experience in the blink of an eye, generating mass uncertainty and economic upheaval while laying bare the inequities of America’s culture of white supremacy. As we witness the struggle to maintain a sense of self, purpose, and hope, it is paramount to understand that the collective utility of the street has never before played such a crucial role in determining our American destiny.

In this free webinar, Tamika Butler, Esq and Jason DeGray P.E., PTOE of Toole Design will discuss equitable, ethical, and empathetic approaches to “open streets” recovery initiatives.

This presentation will:
— Table pre-pandemic agendas
— Reflect on the nuance of how people rely on streets
— Address the need to dismantle racial, economic, and environmental inequities for streets to be truly open
— Identify the need for those who are most impacted by changes to the street to have the most power to shape those changes
— Provide practical considerations for deploying open streets

About the Presenters
Tamika Butler is Toole Design’s California Planning Director and heads up the company’s Equity and Inclusion efforts. She has a diverse background in law, community planning and engagement and uses her experience to help communities and organizations address inequality, diversity, and injustice in their work. Tamika has written and spoken extensively on the intersections of transportation, public health, and equity.

Jason DeGray develops sustainable transportation solutions for complex urban environments. As Toole Design’s Boston office Director, Jason has extensive experience overseeing efforts that span transportation planning, design, and engineering. These include MassDOT statewide design contracts and on-call agreements with the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Newton and Somerville.


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