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Jeff Speck Speaks to Transpo Experts in Uptown

The most walkable neighborhood in Dallas is undergoing a major transformation, with the two-way conversion of McKinney Ave and Cole Ave and an update to the McKinney Ave trolley tracks.

To share best practices and insights on walkable cities with regional transportation experts, Uptown Dallas Inc. hosted Jeff Speck for an unforgettable 2 days including a public lecture, a private tour of Uptown, and VIP meetings with staff in the region. The Popken PopUps team organized the visit for Uptown Dallas, Inc.

As the foremost expert in designing transportation systems for walkable cities, Mr Speck shared his insights, advice, and best practices to a crowd of over 100 leading experts in the region, both in-person and online. Following the lecture, a panel of regional leaders and local experts discussed the future of transportation in Uptown, as it sets a model for DFW in best practices for walkable urban places.

The panel discussion moderated by Anthony Page, featured community members and special guests:

  • Nadine Lee, CEO of Dallas Area Rapid Transit

  • Michael Morris, Transportation Director of North Central Texas Council of Governments

  • Robert Perez, Assistant City Manager over Transportation & Public Works for City of Dallas


Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities.

He has authored Walkable City Rules:101 Steps to Making Better Places, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step At A Time, and has co-authored Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, and The Smart Growth Manual.

As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement.

Jeff Speck has been named a fellow of both the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Congress for New Urbanism. His TED talks and YouTube videos have been viewed more than five million times.

Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, an award-winning design firm serving municipalities, non-profits, and private developers.

Recent important work includes downtown master plans, walkability studies, transit-oriented developments, urban and suburban infill plans, and designs for new towns, villages, streets, blocks, and buildings. This work has helped to broadly disseminate urban design best practices, while also moving the needle in terms of what sort of progressive projects can win municipal approval and get built.

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