Inquiry via Action. Action via Inquiry

I am a transportation and land use planner driven by the participatory praxis of project-based teaching and community-based learning.


comparative analysis of conservancy praxis

Comparative research explores who has the right and responsibility to produce, plan, maintain, manage and safeguard critical infrastructure for urban resilience and suburban sustainability. Mixed-methods case studies of community and corporate philanthropy in transportation planning, policy and preservation highlight the wide range of nonprofits--from citizens councils and CDCs to conservancies and corporate foundations--that shape the development and design, management and maintenance of Legacy systems (aging and abandoned infrastructure) in legacy cities (post-industrial cities). 

participatory-action research+ place-based pedagogy

To advance equity in stewardship of the public realm, I facilitate co-learning amongst "friends" of streetscapes, greenways and other infrastructure for transport and mobility. Digital histories and data storytelling of public space funding, programming, planning and development--the product of proseminar and practica in 'networked urbanism--show strategies for cultural resilience at the municipal and metropolitan scale rarely include capacity building and collaboration amongst community-based organizations. Combining participatory-action research and place-based pedagogy, the TOD Partnership, a nonprofit alliance I organized, brings city, corridor and community leaders into conversation about innovative and equitable transportation strategies of the public, private and nonprofit/philanthropic sectors.

community-engaged learning & scholarship 

Community-engaged scholarship on civil society not only affords the opportunity to empower nonprofit organizations, but also to educate urban planners, policymakers, designers and developers. At Northeastern University, I teach urban research methods to budding restoration architects, sustainability planners, cultural resources managers and chief resilience officers. I also advise students seeking to assess and address vulnerabilities in the built environment. Previously, at Harvard University, I developed and taught a broad range of courses and workshops on the development and design of American cities. Whether the focus is General Education for undergraduate students studying 'The US in the World' or specialized training in preservation planning for urban design degree candidates, my aim is to engender diverse ways of knowing, producing and transforming networked cities and community networks.