Advancing Places: Reimagining Downtown Commons

Overview: Streets, parking spaces and sidewalks comprise the largest area among types of public space in downtowns across the world. Pre-pandemic, managing parking for delivery bikes and procuring permits for outdoor cafés was challenging. However, reduced traffic presented opportunities to take advantage of these resources in new ways. Join this discussion of management models, programs, and regulatory frameworks that have shifted the use of our public assets to small businesses that need it most. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Analyze the shortcomings of existing permitting and regulatory frameworks that shape the use of the public realm in downtowns.
  • Design resources and programs that empower local stakeholders and small businesses to activate and use the public realm permanently.
  • Discuss curb-management strategies for holistic design incorporation of diverse downtown needs as loading, pick-up/drop-off, outdoor dining, and more.

Friday, July 23, 2021 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT) 

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Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

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AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this webinar. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found here

Advancing Places is an online series aimed at empowering IDA members with the solutions needed to address the most critical urban issues of the day. This session will include a moderated Q&A and will be recorded for member and nonmember use in the future.


  • Nur Asri, AICP, Assistant Director, Streetsense, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Lian Farhi, Senior Transportation Planner, Sam Schwartz, New York, New York
  • Stephanie Gonzalez, Placemaking Manager, Downtown Long Beach Alliance, Long Beach, California


  • David Downey, President & CEO, International Downtown Association (IDA)



Nur Asri


Lian Farhi


Stephanie Gonzalez

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