Planning + Design


Downtown Newark Development Projects - Newark, NJ

I created this database and map to show the extent of real estate development occurring in Downtown Newark. Click on a lot to learn more about the project and zoom in to change the aggregate data on the right of the map.  


Black Swan Parklet - Newark, NJ

I designed this parklet to provide more seating for a recently opened cafe in downtown Newark. After overseeing the parklet's construction, I worked with local businesses and City agencies to place more public seating, drive more foot traffic, and encourage economic development in the area.


Nutria Alley Public Engagement - Newark, NJ

Currently gated on all sides, Nutria Alley is an underutilized public right of way in downtown Newark and haven for illegitimate uses. However, through community engagement and activation, Nutria Alley can become a vibrant destination. 

In May 2017, I spearheaded an initiative to solicit ideas from over 250 members of the community. This exercise simultaneously generated ideas for activation and began the process of breaking down the preconceived notions associated with the alley. 

Click here to find the activation plan that resulted from this engagement.


Public Spaces Interactive Story Map - Newark, NJ

I created this story map to showcase the public spaces maintained and managed by the Newark Downtown District. The interactive display allows for easy, clear navigation, providing users the ability to take a virtual tour of downtown Newark. Click here to use the story map. 


Great Oaks Parklet - Newark, NJ

Working to foster community engagement, I designed a modular parklet with geometric shapes that can be manipulated to form different seating arrangements.

Partnering with Newark middle school students, my colleague and I taught an introductory session on urban planning and then led a design competition. Using architectural models, teams of students created a parklet design and presented to a selection committee. The committee then chose the winning design that we would install outside of their school. 


Mulberry Commons - Newark, NJ

Mulberry Commons is downtown Newark's newest proposed public park. As a member of the steering committee, I was involved in the initial planning and design of the $10m park, including spearheading public outreach. 

To ensure the park meets the needs of Newark residents, we organized community outreach meetings and solicited feedback via online and paper surveys.

Click here for a report of survey results.


West Village Historic Preservation - New York City, NY

With the nonprofit organization the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), I created 3D models using SketchUp and Google Earth to illustrate possible developments made possible through air rights transfers in the West Village.

GVSHP used this work to advocate for the preservation of the Village's architectural heritage by lobbying against air rights transfers. 

GVSHP was successful in their efforts to provide neighborhood protections. 


Pedestrian Mall - Newark, NJ

In an effort to create more public space and encourage foot traffic, we implemented a pedestrian mall in Downtown Newark.

Working closely with business and properties owners, I learned about their concerns and expectations for street closure. From these conversations, I was able to secure support for the initiative as well as work with the City to ease permitting requirements to allow these businesses to display their merchandise on the street during the mall. The mall is now in its second year.

Pedestrian mall in the news: Jersey Digs


Asset Tracking - NEWARK, NJ

Using GIS technologies, I created a method of tracking, managing, updating, and servicing all assets owned by the Newark Downtown District, optimizing our internal workflow. The interactive map below is one of these databases.


Informal Settlements and The Right to the City - Kampala, Uganda

May 2015. The Geographical Bulletin, 56(1): 3-26.

In the developing world, the vast majority of urban poor have been marginalized from their cities, denying them what Henri Lefebvre called the right to the city. In response to this denial, many turn to the informal sector as a means to claim access to space and to the economy. However, using interviews from citizens participating in the informal sector in Kampala, Uganda, this paper argues that while the informal sector provides access to socioeconomic benefits (which is positive), it cannot guarantee them as rights because all activity taking place within it is unprotected and therefore easily and often challenged. The essay then argues that the informal sector cannot and does not confer the right to the city. Finally, it advances that those participating in the informal sector can only achieve the right to the city if they are 1) able to claim rights to shelter and to the economy and 2) able to successfully challenge laws that infringe upon their pursuit of self-improvement.

Keywords: right to the city, informality, rights, urban development

Full article available here.



Language Assistance Plan - Chicago, IL

As part of the Chicago's Transit Authority's "Language Assistance Plan," I analysed census tracts within CTA's service area with populations over 5% that have difficulty speaking English. This analysis helped inform into which languages the CTA would translate its instructions. 

There are 491 census tracts that fall into this category representing 9 different languages.


Rail Ridership - Chicago, IL

Every month, CTA tracks ridership changes by comparing each month to the same month in the previous year. 

To create these maps and complete this analysis, I created a model within ArcGIS that joined new data with an existing dataset and symbolized changes the first map shown here.