AAF’s fifth City Managers’ Design Academy was help April 5-7, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. City Managers Paul Arevalo of West Hollywood, California ; Tanisha Briley of Cleveland Heights, Ohio;  David Cooke of Fort Worth, Texas ; Bob Layton of Wichita, Kansas ; and Brad Miyake of Bellevue, Washington  joined an all-star team of designers to discuss some of the managers’ most pressing design, planning, and development challenges including:
- Interstate highway lid development and road diets;
- P3 development of inter-modal transportation hubs;
- Re-establishing the city grid across superblocks to maintain walkability;
- Historic commercial corridor redevelopment;
- Greenway connections across city infrastructure; and
- Public open space long-term maintenance planning and program management.
The design team assisting this city manager cohort included: Richard Baron, Principal at McCormack Baron Salazar ; Zabe Bent, Principal at Nelson/Nygaard ; Theresa O’Donnell, Chief Resilience Officer  for the City of Dallas, TX; Joe Runco, Principal at SWA Group ; and Sujata Srivastava, Principal at Strategic Economics .
During the Dallas retreat, participants visited several significant redevelopment sites including Klyde Warren Park , a 5.2 acre deck park built over the recessed Woodall Rogers Freeway in the heart of downtown Dallas. Tara Green, President of Klyde Warren Park, provided a thorough development and operations overview for the park and plans for future expansion. This visit personified the overarching theme of the sites visited; the importance of public-private partnerships to support, fund, and implement major urban development projects – a successful and time-tested characteristic of Dallas’ 21 century urban renaissance.
Generous support for this City Managers’ Design Academy retreat was realized by The Edward W. Rose III Family Fund of The Dallas Foundation , Siemens Corporation, and Cigna. To learn more about the City Managers’ Design Academy program or next available opportunities for managers and design professionals to participate, contact Program Director Elizabeth Okeke-Von Batten .