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Friday, June 8 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Changing our City by Completing the Street: Legislating from the Sidewalk Up

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In Baltimore, inequity is written in brick, concrete, and asphalt. Like many rust belt cities in the U.S., Baltimore is characterized by racial segregation that yields wide and persistent disparities in health, economics, and access. A century of urban renewal and highway construction has accelerated harm in Baltimore and fractured the relationship between communities and City government.

But Baltimore’s rich culture and historic, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods also suggest a blueprint for livability and prosperity. How does Baltimore move past a planning and development paradigm that has too often been an engine of displacement and dispossession? How do we co-create a City where our commonly-held public infrastructure is a platform for inclusive, equitable growth?

Join the Baltimore Complete Streets team for a panel discussion on these issues and hear how the team has approached finding solutions to them by drawing on past experiences, advocacy work, and an evolving vision of a better future for all.

Moderators
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Kristen Jeffers

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Black Urbanist
Kristen Jeffers has always been interested in how cities work. She’s also always loved writing things. She went off to a major state university, got a communication degree and then started a more professional Blogger site. Then, in her graduate seminar on urban politics, along with... Read More →

Speakers
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Celeste Chavis

Morgan State University
Dr. Celeste Chavis is an assistant professor in the Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (2012) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and is a licensed... Read More →
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Liz Cornish

Executive Director, Bikemore
Liz Cornish serves as Executive Director of Bikemore, Baltimore’s livable streets advocacy organization. Since moving to Baltimore in 2015, Cornish has grown Bikemore into a force for transportation advocacy--by being the first organization in the country to successfully block a... Read More →
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Ryan Dorsey

Councilman: District 3, Baltimore City Council
Ryan Dorsey is a progressive democrat and the Baltimore City Councilman for Council District 3. As City Councilman, Ryan focuses on policy that addresses the root causes of inequity in Baltimore City, including transportation, housing, and education. He is also a passionate advocate... Read More →
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Tafadzwa Gwitira

Impact Hub Baltimore
Tafadzwa Gwitira has worked in health and human services for twenty years. She is a Certified Public Manager in Non-Profit, Federal and State. Her work is  centered on equity in community engagement, community building strategies, human rights, sustainable development and public... Read More →
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LaKeisha Henderson

Bike & Brunch Tours
LaKeisha is an architect, planner, creative problem solver, and founder of Bike & Brunch Tours.  She sought to simultaneously translate these skills into ways to support her community. Bike and Brunch Tours was borne out of her love for Baltimore, desire to counter negative stigmas... Read More →


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