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New March 8 Webinar “Tactical Urbanism”

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When: Tuesday March 8 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

About The Webinar
America Walks is excited to announce the third webinar of our free 2016 webinar series. In March’s webinar, we will look at how tactical urbanism is helping to shape the built environment.
Walkable communities are safe, healthy and vibrant communities. America Walks is excited to offer a webinar that explores how the idea of tactical urbanism is instrumental in creating communities that promote enjoyable and accessible physical activity. Join us as we speak with two leading experts in tactical urbanism this idea and how it is informing their work in local communities.
About the Presenters

 

Garcia BioAnthony Garcia is a Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative. Anthony leads many of Street Plan’s projects in Florida and throughout the South East Region. He is a leader in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Prior to launching the firm’s Miami office, Anthony was Project Director for six years at the Dover Kohl & Partners affiliated architecture firm Chael Cooper & Associates. His work there gave him a strong background of urban planning that includes urban design, policy writing and code analysis. He has experience in hosting public meetings, and has completed a number of bicycle and pedestrian plans at the scale of city, neighborhood, and campus and contributed to the codes and policies that help shape the resulting spaces.

As a writer, and advocate, Tony’s work has appeared in or been featured by The Daily Business Review, Atlantic Cities, Next American City Magazine, New Urban News, The Real Deal, Momentum Magazine, Streetsblog, the Miami Herald, the El Paso Times, and The Miami New Times, among other publications.

Most recently he was invited to be part-time adjunct faculty at the University of Miami School of Architecture, teaching an online New Urbanism class, and an architecture studio. From 2008 to 2012 he was the Publisher and Managing editor of the transportation blog TransitMiami.com, a web journal dedicated to public participation and discourse in South Florida. He is also Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, a Miami-based organization that advocates for greater use of active transportation throughout the region. Among the many professional organizations he is active with are the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Dade Heritage Trust, the Urban Environment League, and the Miami Chapter of the Congress of the New Urbanism.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from New York University. His focus of study at NYU was community development and participation in the planning process, with a concentration on the use of technology in garnering public support. He went on to receive his Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami, where he worked as a research assistant on a number of urban policy papers related to code writing and urban development. His work as a researcher at UM brought him in contact with internationally renowned architects and urban planners and helped him develop a keen understanding of the connection between urban form and the policies that shape it. He is currently pursuing his architectural license, and plans to add this skill to the company suite of services.

Anthony was consistently on the prestigious Deans List at New York University prior to graduating with Honors for his research into the development of Modern Cuban Architecture. This led to an invitation to participate in a summer design studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. While at the University of Miami he was one of a handful of students invited to the Rome Program, an intensive six month program of study into the history of traditional urbanism and architecture. Most recently he was one of a select few regional participants in the LEED-Homes pilot program, where his work on a historic South Miami cottage led to a Gold rating and a Dade Heritage Trust Award for excellence in preservation.


E.Katz bioEric Katz
assists The Street Plans Collaborative team in research, public outreach, and project management. Eric’s professional background is in community organizing, research and grant writing for urban and environmental projects.

As a strong advocate for livable cities, Eric is actively involved with numerous community projects and initiatives within South Florida. Eric is Founder and Project Leader of the M-Path Park Project, a neighborhood initiative aimed to provide a multi-modal park to the Dadeland community. The project was  an inaugural winner of The Miami Foundation’s 2013 Public Space Challenge. In addition, Eric sits as an advisory board member and for Healthy West Kendall, an coalition led by Baptist Health South Florida aimed to make West Kendall the healthiest community in the state of Florida. Eric chairs the Environment work group which focuses on innovative place making projects throughout the community.

Prior to joining Street Plans, Eric worked as an independent contractor providing services as a grant specialist and project manager. Projects included fundraising, program development and management duties for entities such as Green Mobility Network, Friends of the Ludlam Trail, Lifetime Fitness and Logistics Management Group. His knowledge of environmental conservation and skills in fund raising were developed by working 3 years as grants & proposal writer for the The Zoological Society of Florida/Zoo Miami. To date, Eric has accumulated over $3 million in grant funds directed towards an array of environmental, urban and cultural programs and projects, particularly in South Florida. His background in community organizing and project management was developed by working 2 years as program manager for non-profit HandsOn Miami where he successfully managed over 70 volunteer projects. During his tenure, he led over a 1000 volunteers in community service projects which included neighborhood beautification, habitat restoration, and public art displays. This proudest achievement was the development of 3 Transformation Zones located in Overtown, Liberty City and Little Havana.

Eric possesses a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology and History from Florida International University.