In urban settings, transit isn’t the only driver of densification of neighborhoods and districts. Trails that connect to daily destinations or to nearby transit are in recent years a key determinant for people choosing where to live. This session delves into the hows and whys of trail oriented development. Economic implications as well as a discussion on the downsides and potential upsides of gentrification will be explored.
About the Presenters:
W.J. “Bud” Melton III joined Halff Associates, Inc. to help foster new dimensions in active-transportation infrastructure planning, landscape architecture and engineering. Bud is often involved in project visioning, site analysis, feasibility and design of all types of pedestrian and bicyclist related projects. His experience includes a wide variety of active transportation and mobility networks. His recent focus in Urban Land Institute (ULI) includes Trails – the OTHER TOD. Bud has more than fifty years experience as a business owner and general manager; a presenter, facilitator, educator and researcher. His lifetime of bicycling experience ranges throughout the U.S., Canada and in Europe. He is considered a regional thought-leader on issues related to regional mobility, environmental preservation, and green infrastructure as relates to urban design. For more than 30 years, Bud has participated in local, regional and national workshops and training sessions on sustainable development practices and solutions.
As the Managing Principal of HR&A’s Texas office, Elissa Hoagland Izmailyan provides economic advisory for transformative urban projects and policies. She brings deep expertise in the economic and social benefits of public infrastructure, including parks, transit, cultural districts, and resilience infrastructure. She draws on this expertise to help projects maximize these benefits through sound planning, leverage benefits for funding, and build public-private coalitions to support implementation. Elissa also has a strong background in economic and community development, including both downtown revitalization and equitable development strategy. Prior to joining HR&A in 2011, Elissa analyzed the economic benefits of urban parks as part of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence.