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January 29, 2021

New Promotions!

We are thrilled to announce new promotions and recognize the work of those who keep our engine running. Thank you to Ben Bryant, Ashley Di Caro and Stacey Chen for everything you have brought to Interface Studio.

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June 29, 2020

RESTART, RESET, RETOOL, REFILL: Considerations for downtowns, commercial corridors, and main streets

We are at the end of the beginning. There are going to be closures, vacancies, and job losses across communities. How long and how deep will be a function of how well the next three-to-six months are managed, how that impacts consumer confidence, and whether planners and development officials are ready to respond in meaningful ways. Moreover, the pandemic magnified and amplified glaring, pre-existing disparities in our civic and economic structure. How communities address vacancy, maintain a sense of vibrancy and ensure equitable action is at the heart of today’s challenges. As designers and economists who have worked in urban revitalization for the past 20 years, we propose a framework for downtowns and main streets to consider - RESTART, RESET, RETOOL, REFILL

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May 18, 2020

Design Downtown St. Louis Open House Goes Online

The public Open House for our Design Downtown STL plan is officially online. Restrictions on public gathering due to COVID-19 forced us to think differently about public engagement. In Downtown St. Louis, the online open house is full of information you’d find at an in-person event. Online activities invite users to help us prioritize ideas and comment on six different goals of the plan.

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May 01, 2020

Mindy Watts talks big data and thick data at #NPC20atHome

First virtual conference appearance, and nearly 1,600 people tuned in to learn about the importance of contextualizing big data! Thanks for your wisdom, Ninigret Partners, #RebuildPHL, and Reimagining the Civic Commons and thanks for including us, #NPC20atHome American Planning Association.

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American Planning Association

March 25, 2020

EcoInnovation District Plan Wins Excellence in Sustainability Award

Pittsburgh's EcoInnovation District Plan was awarded the Excellence in Sustainability in a Community Plan Award by the APA's Sustainable Communities Division. The EcoInnovation District in Pittsburgh is the first of its kind. It is a groundbreaking initiative that combines the goals of both EcoDistricts (focused on creating environmentally and socially sustainable communities) and Innovation Districts (designed to help promote economic growth and create business and employment opportunities).

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February 10, 2020

Sarah Kellerman joins Interface Studio in new Chicago office

After years of collaborating with Sarah Kellerman as a sub-consultant on major projects including the Pittsburgh EcoInnovation District Plan, she was welcomed by the Interface team in February as the Chicago Studio Director. Previously at Brailsford and Dunlavey Development Advisors and Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, Kellerman brings a unique mix of professional experience to the Interface team.

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Greater Dallas Planning Council

November 12, 2019

Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District Study Wins Unbuilt Dream Award

Unbuilt Dream/Study Award Honorable Mention: City of Richardson Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District. The team included the City of Richardson, Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Interface Studio, Ninigret Partners, Big Red Dog, Kimley-Horn, Inc., Strategic CommunitySolutions LLC, and Better Block

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Community Impact Newspaper

September 18, 2019

Richardson awarded $100,000 grant for mobility improvements in the Innovation District

Richardson will put the money toward a road diet along Greenville Avenue that will remove driving lanes in favor of bike lanes and a pedestrian crossing, Transportation Engineer Daniel Herrig said in the release. The city believes this will better connect Dallas Area Rapid Transit riders coming from Arapaho Center Station to the Innovation District and vice versa.

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Lewiston Sun Journal

September 18, 2019

Lewiston City Council adopts downtown ‘transformation plan’

Following an initial rollout of the plan in June, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt the Choice Neighborhood transformation plan, a comprehensive redevelopment effort focused on the downtown and “Tree Streets” neighborhood.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

August 30, 2019

Efforts underway to create new revitalization 'road map' for downtown St. Louis

St. Louis business leaders are spending a year creating a road map for downtown revitalization, harkening back to a project from the late 1990s. As Scott Page describes it, if Downtown Now was about creating the dots, Design Downtown STL is trying to connect them. Page is the principal of Interface Studio, a Philadelphia-based firm tasked with helping develop the new plan.

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