September 2020 | What is the Future of Shared Streets?

Updated: Sep 15


A conversation about shared streets at the inaugural Karp Strategies Learning Club The Karp Strategies team gathered with urban planning professionals, students, and others invested in the future of cities for a conversation about shared streets during the first edition of the Karp Strategies Learning Club. The group discussed two articles: “The Unrealized Potential of New York City’s Open Streets” by Transportation Alternatives, and “'Safe Streets’ Are Not Safe For Black Lives” by Destiny Thomas from City Lab in a conversation moderated by Ali Sutherland-Brown. While open streets policy and design served as the conversation starter, the dialogue quickly evolved to consider the possibilities for fair and just urban planning and the importance of centering community voices. Many concluded that the increasing demand for shared streets in the time of COVID-19 illustrates a need, more generally, for equitable and transparent planning that promotes meaningful public participation. As we partake in Open Streets locally in New York City and observe and advise trends nationwide, we are eager to hear what others are thinking and doing in this space. Thank you to all who joined us— what a robust conversation!

Interested in participating in the November 10th edition of the Karp Strategies Learning Club? RSVP here and stay tuned to hear what issue we'll be digging into next. Have ideas for topics to discuss, articles to read, films to view, and how to take the discussion to action? Drop us a line.

Karp Strategies gets certified as an SBE and WBE in Boston and New Jersey

Karp Strategies is now certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and a Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in Boston and as an SBE and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in New Jersey. For the last several years, we have been thrilled to support teaming partners as an SBE, WBE, and DBE certified firm in New York and as an SBE and DBE with the Port Authority of New & New Jersey to fufil or exceed diversity and inclusion goals by city and state governments. Thank you to the fantastic team at The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in Boston and the Disadvantaged and Small Business Program Unit at NJDOT for your support in completing the process!


Interested in partnering with Karp Strategies on economic community development, real estate analysis, offshore wind, or other projects in Boston and New Jersey?Connect with us.



Two team members join Coro Leadership New York

Congratulations Joseph Sutkowi and Jose Medrano for being accepted to Coro Leadership New York (LNY) in the upcoming 2020-2021 cohorts. Karp Strategies is proud to partner with Coro as a corporate sponsor and is thrilled that Joseph and Jose join Rebecca Karp, Cali Williams, Jen Becker, Ali Sutherland Brown, and Tania Marinos, all of whom are past Coro participants. Coro works to promote a diversity of civic leaders across sectors to explore the city’s most pressing social, political, and economic issues. Congratulations to the entire 2020-2021 LNY cohort!


Karp Strategies and Arch Street Communications join forces to design a Virtual Engagement Toolkit

Karp Strategies has partnered with Arch Street Communications to develop a Virtual Engagement Toolkit— a resource for learning about and experimenting with the best online platforms for engaging stakeholders. The toolkit provides the best practices for using digital tools to connect, inform, and collaborate with your colleagues and community in accessible and effective ways. Look out for the release of the toolkit in your inbox soon.


Opportunity Alert!

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is hiring a Program Manager! We are proud to support CUP's work. This role supports a wide variety of community-driven design, engagement, and programming on CUP's Community Education Team. Please share with your networks and consider applying today.



Join us as we keep our finger on the pulse of key issues impacting our region.


City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity: Access Granted | Rebecca Karp spoke alongside Kyra Rénel Hardwick, Julia Hogan-McNeil, Layle McKelvey, and Tiffany Townsend in a discussion about the benefits of small business collaboration and collaboration with government. Watch the recorded webinar here. ABNY: Black Leadership in New York City: Hon. Letitia James, NYS Attorney General, September 15, 11:00 AM | Tune in to a conversation with between Hon. Letitia James and Melva Miller on power, politics, and racial justice. RSVP here. New York Building Congress: ASCENT: Borough-Based Jails Program, September 22, 11:00 AM | Join Cali Williams in attending a conversation about the Borough-Based Jails Program and the closing of Rikers Island Jail Complex, including a discussion on decarceration and addressing racial and social inequalities in NYC. RSVP here.


CoreNet 2020 Corporate Real Estate Awards for Excellence, September 24, 5:00 PM | Join CoreNet as they announce the 2020 Corporate Real Estate Awards, including the award for Young Leader of the Year, which Ali Sutherland Brown is a finalist for. Register here.


ASLA-NY, AIA-NY, APA-NYM Annual Conference: At Every Scale, September 24 - 25 | Join and Chery Lim and Michaela Kramer in attending a multidisciplinary conference examining how current events have shaped public health, transportation, and technology. Register here. AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Virtual Summit 2020, October 13 - 14 | Tune in to hear Rebecca Karp discuss "Meaningful Community Engagement in a time of COVID" during a panel at AWEA's annual event. Join us. IEDC VIrtual 2020 Annual Conference, October 13-16 | This year's conference focuses on building resilient and sustainable communities that thrive. Rebecca Karp is thrilled to speaking alongside Rob Hunden at "Partnering with Real Estate Developers and Site Selectors in Creating a Community Engagement Toolkit". Ali Sutherland Brown is participating in a panel discussing "Salvaging Downtowns in the Wake of Closures". Register here.

Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to connect with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Feel free to drop us a line at info@karpstrategies.com

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