Shrinking Cities

Who are we?

 

Cleveland NoLoiteringSign    No loitering, please.  A sign in Slavic Village,
    Cleveland, OH.  Photo by JBennett.

Joseph M. Schilling

Joseph is the Director of Metropolitan Institute and an Assistant Research Professor at Virginia Tech's Alexandria Center. He leads the Metropolitan Institute’s Green Regions Initiative that looks at innovative ways of creating environmentally sustainable regions through better building and community design. Schilling also provides community and non-profit organizations, government and business leaders with strategic policy guidance and programmatic assessments in such areas as vacant property revitalization, brownfields redevelopment, smart growth, zoning code reform, active living, and military base encroachment. Click here to learn more about his work.

O.R. Au-Vang

O.R. completed his masters in Urban and Regional Planning in May 2010, with a focus on urban revitalization and sustainability. His professional background is in landscape architecture and planning, specifically in planning and designing residential communities, town centers and urban plazas, public parks and open spaces, and transportation corridors. His recent work focuses on policies and adaptation strategies to address sea level rise and storm surge as result of climate change. His professional interest is in using planning (through policies and physical planning) and design to revitalize communities in a sustainable manner. Click here to read O.R.'s posts on the Shrinking Cities Blog.

Mike Hill

Mike is a 2010 masters of landscape architecture candidate with past experience in architecture, museum education and non-profit management. He currently works in Sustainable Operations at the U. S. Forest Service. When not at work or school, Mike is hanging out with his family in Washington, D.C. Click here to read Mike's posts on the Shrinking Cities Blog.

Gareth James

Gareth is working toward a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, with a focus on transportation and land use. He is especially interested in the community engagement aspect of 'Shrinking Cities' policy-making, an area he gained some expertise in during an internship with Manchester (UK) City Council's regeneration department. Click here to read Gareth's posts on the Shrinking Cities Blog.

Lindsay Martin

Lindsay is working toward a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, with a focus on sustainable transportation and environmental planning. She is especially interested in the opportunities present in ‘Shrinking Cities’ to green the urban environment. Her professional background is in environmental policy and advocacy communications. She is currently the Coordinator of Trail Development at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Click here to read Lindsay's posts on the Shrinking Cities Blog.

Thomas Sheffer

Thomas is in his second year of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program, specializing in land use and environmental planning. In September, he began a year-long internship with the Urban Land Institute, where he works on research projects relating to climate change and sustainability. Thomas is interested in the unique opportunities that shrinking cities have to reclaim contaminated land and plan for a more resilient, sustainable future. Click here to read Thomas’ posts on the Shrinking Cities Blog.

Ann Thompson

Ann completed her masters in Urban and Regional Planning in December 2009, with a concentration in housing and economic development. By day, she is a data analyst for the Making Home Affordable program at the Department of Treasury. Click here to read Ann's posts on the Shrinking Cities Blog.

Austin Watkins

Austin is in his first year of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program with a specialization in housing, community, and economic development. Previously, Austin worked as a Planner in Central Florida where he specialized in growth management regulations and sustainability. He is interested in how to increase citizen participation in ‘Shrinking Cities’ and utilize the human capital to elevate the desired outcome. Click here to read Austin's posts on the Shrinking Cities Blog.