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Tools for Urban Survival: Can Cities Recover without Transportation?

Tools for Urban Survival

Can Cities Recover without Transportation?

On October 28th, 2020, Meeting of the Minds convened a free, live webinar featuring Melinda Hanson of Electric Avenue and Danny Harris of Transportation Alternatives.


Can cities recover with our current transportation systems and priorities? What do recent transportation trends indicate for urban recovery? Certain cities are using this crisis to center residents, equity, safety and access and will be more successful in their survival as compared to other cities. How do we continue to safely move people to jobs and opportunities in this new era of transportation? What are those policy and planning tools that will make the difference between bouncing back and surviving versus a continued and prolonged crisis?

Danny Harris will share lesson from New York City and discuss how cities around the world must look past the personal automobile and reimagine their streets as a pathway for recovery, built around walking, biking, and public transit. Melinda Hanson will share how cities can best incorporate electric micro-mobility to create more sustainable, equitable, and resilient transportation networks. Melinda will also delve into emerging thinking around innovative approaches to structuring public-private partnerships, incentivizing micromobility use through infrastructure, and what’s really working in urban mobility policy in this new era.


Melinda Hanson's Slidedeck

Download the slides used by Melinda Hanson during his presentation.

Danny Harris' Slidedeck

Danny’s slidedeck is currently unavailable.


Melinda Hanson

Melinda Hanson

Co-Founder and Principal, Electric Avenue

Melinda is Co-founder and Principal at Electric Avenue, a public affairs and mobility policy firm whose mission is to accelerate the transition to human- scale, zero-emission mobility. She’s spent the last 15 years working at the intersection of transport and climate, including as Head of Sustainability at Bird, Deputy Director at NACTO, and Portfolio Manager at the ClimateWorks Foundation. Highlights include implementing tactical urbanism projects in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; contributing to the master plan for a Bus Rapid Transit Project in Peshawar, Pakistan; and supporting research and advocacy to pass the Obama administration’s landmark fuel economy standards.
Danny Harris

Danny Harris

Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives

Danny Harris is Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, NYC’s leading walking, public and public transit advocacy group. He is a leading voice in building cities for people, not cars. Previously, Harris was Senior Vice President at Civic Entertainment Group and Program Director, San Jose with the Knight Foundation. Harris lives in New York City with his wife and two children.


October 28, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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