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How can city planning better serve people? Join CUES' webinar for presentations by experts on planning for mobility followed by discussion

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How can city planning better serve people?

Join CUES' virtual planning webinar, Pedestrians and Complete Streets, on Wednesday, November 3, 12:00-1:30 pm. Our special guest, Dr. Jeri Muoio, will provide insights from her time as mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida, championing the walkable city. See the complete agenda and learn more about our panelists below.

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Welcome & Introductions

John L. Renne, PhD, AICP, professor and director of CUES at Florida Atlantic University

15-minute presentations

Louis A. Merlin, PhD, AICP, assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University: Redrawing the Planner's Circle

Lisa Nisenson, VP of New Mobility and Connected Communities at WGI: Flexible, Programmable Streets

Jeri Muoio, PhD, former mayor of West Palm Beach: Creating a Walkable City

30-minute moderated discussion

with the panelists and the audience moderated by John L. Renne

Panelist Topics and Bios

Jeri Muoio

Creating a Walkable City for People

With more people moving to cities every day, city leaders are compelled to address issues of livability: how to make your city more people friendly, how to move away from a vehicle-dominated environment to one where there are multiple forms of transportation, and how to create a sustainable environment. The focus on creating a city for people is even more critical today and should be the goal of all city leaders. The question is “How do we get there from here?”

Geraldine "Jeri" Muoio, Ph.D., is an American politician who served as Mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida from 2011 to 2019. Muoio is a resident of West Palm Beach. She holds a doctorate in academic administration from Syracuse University and a master's degree from SUNY Oswego.

Louis A. Merlin

Redrawing the Planner's Circle

For decades, planners have used ¼-mile and ½-mile circles to plan for neighborhood and activity center walkability. In this presentation, we will take a deep dive into the latest walk distance data from the United States and Germany to update this practice and realign it with the best data available.

Louis A. Merlin, Ph.D., AICP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Merlin draws upon a strong background in Mathematics and Operations Research as well as experience as a professional urban planner in his teaching and research. Dr. Merlin is particularly interested in developing mathematical models that shed insight into pressing urban policy questions.

Lisa Nisenson

Flexible, Programmable Streets

Lisa Nisenson will address new approaches to flexible, programmable streets that adapt to changing trends in mobility, technology, and the quest for multi-use streetscapes. Topics will include advances in modular infrastructure, curbside management, and a variety of new technologies

Lisa Nisenson is Vice President of New Mobility & Connected Communities for WGI, where she leads development of next generation planning, smart city technology strategies, emerging mobility, and integrated placemaking. Her specialty is developing next generation planning techniques to incorporate trends and technologies into projects. Her clients include municipalities, private real estate developers, regional agencies, and campus managers. Currently, her work includes a curbside management and parking study, several vision and mobility plans, Phase 1 of automated shuttle transit services, and research on autonomous shuttles.

John L. Renne


John L. Renne, Ph.D., AICP, Professor and Director of CUES, is a globally recognized expert in Transit Oriented Development (TOD), including sustainable and resilient cities, with a focus on land use and transportation planning and policy. He is an expert in evacuation planning and coined the term “carless evacuation” in 2005. Dr. Renne played a leadership role in the disaster recovery of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. He is the Chair of the Transportation and Land Development Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and he is the chair of the Mobility Committee of the Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida and Caribbean District Council.

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The Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) at Florida Atlantic University is dedicated to helping communities and decision makers resolve urban and environmental issues through partnerships, education, and research throughout Florida and beyond. The Center works with policy-makers and the public in their pursuit of options for managing growth while preserving natural systems, promoting a strong economy and planning livable communities. Their broad constituency – consisting of local governments, state agencies, civic and business groups, academics, students, and professionals – supports, motivates, and benefits from the Center’s activities.

CUES is housed in the School of Urban & Regional Planning within the College of Design and Social Inquiry (CDSI). The Center works closely with undergraduate and graduate programs at CDSI and FAU’s School of Architecture, as well as with the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES) and other centers.

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