City of the Future: A Conversation with Sidewalk Labs

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CultureHouse

500 Kendall Street

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A discussion on vacant storefronts with Sidewalk Lab's Vanessa Quirk and Carrie Denning Jackson.

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Vacant storefronts are becoming ubiquitous on main streets around the world. How did we get here? And how can we ensure the ground floors of our cities remain vibrant, active community spaces over the long term? In the second season of the Sidewalk Labs podcast City of the Future, hosts Eric Jaffe and Vanessa Quirk explore an idea that could help address this crisis — and embed flexibility into the ground floor itself.

Join Vanessa at CultureHouse to learn more about issues and stories she encountered in reporting this story. After an overview of the episode, she'll lead a panel discussion on vacant storefronts with Carrie Denning Jackson, Kai Grant, and Allie Girouard.

Carrie Denning Jackson is a Director on the Development team at Sidewalk Labs, where she is responsible for the ground floor development and innovation strategy. Prior to this role, Carrie spent a year in Toronto launching Sidewalk’s experimental lab and workspace, 307, and she originally joined Sidewalk as the Chief of Staff, where she oversaw much of the company’s growth from the mid-teens to 100 plus.

Kai Grant is as a Roxbury-Born serial entrepreneur and idea generator. Her extensive knowledge of Boston’s retail landscape and the microbusiness community compliment her experience in producing creative strategies and building authentic partnerships between community stakeholders. Her expertise is impactful space-making and place branding. Currently, Kai manages a 12,000 square feet in Dudley Square as the Owner + Chief Curator of Black Market Dudley (1,700 sq. ft) and Curator and Operations Manager for the Nubian Gallery, formerly the Hamill Gallery (10,000 sq. ft.)

Allie Girouard is the Community and Communications Lead at CultureHouse. A recent graduate of Connecticut College's Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy, she brings a socio-political perspective to urban design. She has worked on CultureHouse for over a year, developing the organization's community engagement and communication strategies.

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