Envisioning the Opportunity of Freeway Caps and Stitches: Atlanta, Austin, and Saint Paul


September 16, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm America/New York

This webinar is being hosted by the Curtis Infrastructure Initiative as part of United for Infrastructure 2020: A Week to Champion America’s Infrastructure.

Registration is complimentary and open to everyone.

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Freeway caps and stitches provide an opportunity to reconnect bifurcated communities adversely impacted by the interstate highway system. This webinar will explore how AtlantaAustin, and Saint Paul are using this infrastructure solution to reimagine their cities through a new process for community engagement (especially in the time of a global pandemic), integrated transportation planning, addressing racial equity, and creating new real estate and park development opportunities.


Keith Baker

Managing Director ReConnect Rondo

Keith Baker is Managing Director for ReconnectRondo, Inc. a 501c3 community development organization with aim to restore, revive, and reconnect the City of St. Paul‘s historic African American neighborhood of Rondo, by way of the Rondo Land Bridge Project. Baker has more than 35 years of experience in the public, …

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Michael Banner

President/Chief Executive Officer Los Angeles LDC, Inc

Michael Banner President and CEO Los Angeles LDC Inc. Los Angeles, CA 90017 Experienced high-energy Black financial professional with a 30-year track record of success in community development finance and advisory services. A nationally recognized community development strategist and trustee-key leader with the Urban Land Institute and guest lecturer with USC Department …

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Melissa Barry

Vice President, Planning Downtown Austin Alliance

Melissa Barry is Vice President of Planning at the Downtown Austin Alliance, where she focuses on planning for the future of Austin's rapidly growing downtown. With over 20 years of experience in public, private, and nonprofit sectors, she has been immersed in a wide range of planning and design challenges …

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Jennifer Ball

Vice President of Planning & Economic Development Central Atlanta Progress/ADID

Jennifer Ball Vice President of Planning Central Atlanta Progress Atlanta, GA Jennifer Ball is Vice President of Planning and Economic Development for Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. (CAP) where she manages land use and transportation planning efforts, economic development initiatives and implementation projects within Downtown Atlanta. Recent notable initiatives under her direction include …

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