Roberts in S. Carolina last month
In case you were wondering what conference Mayor Roberts was at last month while the five Latino Cops held their press conference at City Hall…
Mayors’ Institute Holds 40th National Session in Charleston, South Carolina
The Mayors’ Institute on City Design hosted its 40th National Session in Charleston, South Carolina October 24-26. Hosted by Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and the City of Charleston, the event was attended by Hoboken Mayor David Roberts, Lincoln, Nebraska Mayor Chris Beutler; Port St. Lucie, Florida Mayor Patricia Christensen; Sparks, Nevada Mayor Geno Martini; Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Frank Melton; Lexington, Kentucky Mayor Jim Newberry;; and Tulsa, Oklahoma Mayor Kathryn L. Taylor. Experts in architecture, urban planning, and community development joined the mayors in a discussion, offering advice on how the mayors could approach the challenging redevelopment projects facing their respective cities.
Mayor Roberts discussed various planning and design issues facing his city and how Hoboken’s main transit terminal may serve as a focal point for which the City could anchor higher-density development. Resource team members supported the mayor’s vision for a high-quality public realm and suggested that by enhancing the City’s urban design standards, higher densities could be achieved without sacrificing the quality of life for city residents.
Joining the mayors at this national session were resource team members: Lee Bey, Executive Director of the Chicago Central Area Committee; Angela Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Pugh + Scarpa Architects; Phil Erickson, AIA, President of Community Design + Architecture; Ray S. “Rip” Farris, III, Managing and Founding Member of Tuscan Development; Charnelle Hicks, AICP, PP, Founder and Principal of CHPlanning, Ltd.; Paul Okamoto, Founding Partner of Okamoto Saijo Architecture; Dan Pitera, Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center; and Laura Solano, Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
The Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Architectural Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006. To date, the program has assisted 744 mayors in transforming their communities through good urban design.