LSA convened more than a hundred stakeholders on Friday, September 29 to hear from two nationally-recognized experts on how to get Tucson on the map among 1,300 other jurisdictions who have adopted Complete Streets policies. Participants included staff from various City departments such as Transportation, Planning and Development Services, Housing and Community Development, Fire, and Police; planning and transportation professionals from private firms; representatives from a wide range of sectors including organizations focused on affordable and fair housing, older adults, people with disabilities, public health, green infrastructure, and economic development; as well as citizens involved in different city committees and commissions.
The workshop was led by Emiko Atherton, the director of the National Complete Streets Coalition and Veronica Davis, civil engineer and co-owner of D.C-based urban planning and environmental consulting company Nspiregreen. The morning portion of the event provided an overview of Complete Streets and the successful elements of Complete Streets policies. The afternoon portion was designed as a more hands-on technical assistance workshop for a smaller group of participants including a design exercise focused on a segment of 1st Avenue. The event was kicked off by Mayor Jonathon Rothschild and Vice Mayor Regina Romero. Council member Steve Kozachik was also in attendance. Assistant City Manager Albert Alias gave a lunch plenary setting the stage for the afternoon workshop activities.
The workshop received a remarkably positive response from the participants. LSA is looking forward build on this momentum and expand its Complete Streets efforts to create a Complete Streets policy with the multi-sector stakeholders who were engaged at this event. Stay tuned for more updates if you’re interested in getting involved and visit our Youtube channel to view the video recording from the workshop! (Links to videos: Complete Streets 101 by Veronica Davis and Complete Streets Policies by Emiko Atherton)