D7. Placemaking in the Suburbs: Developing and Implementing an Arts-Based Economic Development Plan for Lansdowne

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Monday, October 15, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

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In late 2016, after years of successful arts-related programs and events, officials from the Lansdowne Arts Board
and the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation partnered with the Graduate Planning Studio at Temple
University to develop a cohesive plan to foster the development of an arts district within this small town. Over
two years, students led the process of community engagement, research of best practices, and plan creation. This
session will detail this process, illustrating how similar communities can leverage their own local assets to spur
economic development. We will also show how partnership with planning students can bring creative solutions and
high-quality planning to resource-constrained communities.


Jeffrey Doshna

Jeffrey P. Doshna, PhD AICP is Assistant Professor of Instruction in Planning and Community Development at Temple University. He teaches courses in community development, cooperatives, community-based organizations, quantitative and qualitative research methods, regional planning, and supervises the Graduate Planning Studio. His primary research area is community economic development. Dr. Doshna ... Read More

Timothy O'Leary

Timothy O’Leary obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also exposed to teaching and curriculum development strategies through the UTeach program. At Temple, Timothy obtained his Master’s in City and Regional Planning, and focused on subjects related to ... Read More

Tracy Purdy

Tracy Clark Purdy is a 2018 graduate from the Masters program in City and Regional Planning at Temple University. She did her undergraduate degree in Community Development, also at Temple University, and has been deeply involved in the work of Mosaic Community Land Trust in Pottstown. Her primary areas of ... Read More

Contact Info

Susan Shermer, sshermer@shermer-assoc.com