Planning for the Future: Frameworks for More Equitable and Complete Communities

Digital Discourse


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One concept emerging as cities develop economic recovery strategies is the “15-minute city” in which everyone is able to meet most, if not all, of their needs within a short walk or bike ride from home. It is a city composed of lived-in, people-friendly, “complete,” and connected neighborhoods. How do cities translate the elements and mechanisms of planning models into the policy implementation context? Charlotte, North Carolina, has taken a bold approach to centering equitable planning and development in its newly approved Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and Portland has employed this concept as ‘20-minute neighborhoods’ as part of its long-term strategy since 2010. Join us for a discussion about the actions that city leadership, staff, urbanists, and community members can take to plan for more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous cities.

  • Robert Steuteville / Congress for New Urbanism
  • Alysia Osborne / City of Charlotte
  • Catherine Mahoney / City of Charlotte
  • Bill Cunningham / City of Portland




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