Announcing: A New Symposium on Transforming Into a Residential City

Dallas sacrifices its residents for commuters. At a symposium on March 19, Big D talks about how to flip that.


On March 19 at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Coalition for a New Dallas will host an “Agenda for a New Dallas” summit, this time focusing on transit. They will talk about the destructive impact freeways had on neighborhoods. They will discuss public transit and how changing bus routes can change efficiency. (Rice University professor Christof Spieler will give a keynote speech about this topic.) They will also discuss rethinking the design of our streets, to make them safer for pedestrian use.


D Magazine is the media partner. Head here to register, and see below for the full itinerary.


Event Schedule

8 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome remarks by Wick Allison, Co-founder of the Coalition for a New Dallas and Chairman of D Magazine Partners, and Patrick Kennedy, Planner and Urban Designer

8:45 AM

Tearing Down the Barriers: Our Neighborhoods vs. Our Highways

Keynote presentation by Peter Park, City Planner and Former Manager of the Community Planning and Development Department for the City and County of Denver and City Planning Director in Milwaukee

Panel discussion featuring:

Lee Kleinman, Dallas City Council Member and Head of Transportation CommitteeCary Moon, former Seattle Mayoral Candidate and Co-Founder of the People’s Waterfront Coalition (PWC)Peter Park, City Planner and Former Manager of the Community Planning and Development Department for the City and County of Denver and City Planning Director in MilwaukeeMatt Tranchin, former Executive Director of Coalition for a New DallasVictor Vandergriff, outgoing Texas Transportation Commissioner – Moderator

10 AM

Getting People to Jobs: A New Approach to Public Transit

Keynote presentation by Christof Spieler, Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars and author of “Trains, Buses, and People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit”

Panel discussion featuring:

Sue Bauman, Chair of the DART Board of DirectorsAaron Gougis, Citizen Transit Advocate and Chief of Staff for City Year DallasDr. Shima Hamidi, Director of the UTA Institute for Urban Studies and Assistant Professor of Urban PlanningPeter Simek, Editor at D Magazine – ModeratorChristof Spieler, Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars and author of “Trains, Buses, and People”: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit”

11:15 AM

Dallas Hates Pedestrians: How to Rethink our Streets

Keynote presentation by Lilly O’Brien-Kovari, LADOT Spr. Transportation Planner, Office of the Chief of Staff.

Panel discussion featuring:

George Battle III, Community Director for Coalition for a New DallasNick Dean, Local Architect and 12th Street Connector Neighborhood Group MemberKrista Nightengale, Managing Director of Better Block – ModeratorLilly O’Brien-Kovari, LADOT Spr. Transportation Planner, Office of the Chief of Staff.Jared White, City of Dallas Bicycle Transportation Manager


BY MATT GOODMAN PUBLISHED IN FRONTBURNER FEBRUARY 18, 2019 1:00 PM

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