Big City Planning Directors on Innovation Districts for Economic Development
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Big city planners tackle one of the most challenging issues facing cities: Hear how larger cities take on this issue and succeed. Innovation districts as an economic development strategy were one of the topics discussed at the October 2015 Big City Planning Directors Institute in Cambridge. Learn about successes and challenges in planning for innovation districts from the experiences of planners in St. Louis, Missouri, and Columbus, Ohio. This session is presented by the partnership of the American Planning Association, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
, American Planning Association
, City of Saint Louis
, St. Louis
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Roe is currently the Executive Director of Planning and Urban Design for the City of St. Louis’ Planning and Urban Design Agency, having held senior management positions in the agency since its inception in 1999. A small planning staff undertakes urban design and planning projects at both a district and city level. The agency, via the Cultural Resource Office, conducts design and demolition review in Historic Districts. He is deeply involved in Legacy City challenges facing St. Louis a RC100 city with; a fixed ( since late 1800's) geographic limit of 62 sq. miles, a population loss of more than half its population, vacant buildings and lots in neighborhoods many of which are historically and currently racially segregated. As a private consultant with both for profit and non-profit organizations, Mr. Roe has worked on a variety of planning issues both in older Midwestern inner cities and rapid growth communities of the Western United States. Earlier in his career he was engaged in planning projects in small New England communities. He has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.