Portraits of Pandemic Placemaking to Support Small Business

A session by Jonathan Neely, Terri Takata-Smith, Sarah Wiebenson and Kathy Woods
Old Colorado City Partnership, Downtown Boulder Partnership, City of Boulder and City of Alamosa

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About this session

Throughout 2020, Downtown Colorado, Inc. hosted a series of weekly Commercial District Response call to connect and share solutions to the growing concerns about the economic impacts of the pandemic. Join this conversation with three communities as they share how they were able to move outside, the lessons learned, and highlight the problem-solving ideas that emerged through the process of pandemic response. This event will recognize outstanding COVID-responsive placemaking projects across the state and explore both present challenges and opportunities for permanent improvements to the public realm. Project types recognized include tactically redesigned streets to expand active transportation options, the creation of multi-faceted street life and commercial activity via pandemic-conscious placemaking, and how these projects help to support small businesses. We will also consider the biggest challenges presently faced, including winterization, sourcing of materials, funding, and implementation, and equity, recapping the design guidance, funding opportunities, and potential policies that can help overcome them.

Terri Takata-Smith

Marketing and PR strategist with 13+ years in the field of downtown management.

Sarah Wiebenson

Masters in Urban Planning and Policy, with 20 years of experience working on commercial district revitalization and economic development policy. Former board member of the Harvard Square Business Association and Chicago Women in Planning and Development (WP+D). Current board member of the Boulder County Board of Adjustment.