Sept. 12, 2012
Caption: Mayor Greg Stanton
Mayor Greg Stanton will attend the Mayors’ Institute on City Design this week in Charleston, S.C., to discuss solutions to Phoenix’s vacant lot issue and receive feedback from other mayors and design and development experts.
Stanton and seven other mayors from across the nation will engage leading design experts Wednesday to Friday to find solutions to the most critical urban design challenges facing their cities. Sessions are organized around case-study problems. Each mayor presents a problem from his or her city for the other mayors and designers to discuss.
“We have many ideas to make Phoenix great, and implementing them is a challenge I’m willing to take on,” Stanton said. “But to do it right we’ve got to engage the community as well as experts to learn from best practices and to identify ways to succeed and build a strong economic future.”
Stanton’s concept to make use of vacant lots in Phoenix is already starting to happen. Phoenix and the Baron Collier Company are working as partners to turn a 15-acre vacant lot at Central Avenue and Indian School Road into a showcase of sustainable innovation ranging from public gardens to urban farming.
In the closed-door session in Charleston, Stanton will get feedback from other mayors and design experts on vacant lots and other development challenges in Phoenix.
“This program is essential for making the right decisions when moving forward on major design and development plans in a rapidly evolving city like Phoenix,” said Wellington Reiter, senior vice president of the ASU Foundation. “As a past participant, I know the intimate and small nature of the institute is key to getting valuable feedback and insight into what works, what doesn't work and how to implement it. I'm proud that Mayor Stanton is taking a proactive approach to design for the future of Phoenix.”
For more information on the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, please visit www.micd.org/.