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Here is my idea, presented in five minutes, on how to reactivate public spaces using the Five Senses Framework that I developed:

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I presented this material to the California APA SacValley Chapter’s PLAN program, an organization that runs a year-long mentorship program of which I participate as a mentee.

I was part of a Bike/Ped planning class in spring 2016 in which we conducted a citywide bike audit for the City of Monona. My role in the project was to teach my 15 peers how to conduct a bicycle audit; then, I worked with my small group to delegate the audits to ourselves and classmates. Using the Safe Routes to School Five Es, we compiled a report based on our data collection and analysis and presented the findings to the Monona Sustainability Committee. I was a member of the Engineering group and volunteered to compile the final report with my classmate Lisa Charron, because WE LOVE GOOD BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLANNING 😀

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Shout out to WI Bicycle Federation Executive Director and Former Mayor of Madison Dave Cieslewicz who designed such a fun project for us to work on!

For my masters capstone project in April 2016, I worked with City of Madison to investigate best practices for the role of the City Planner in entrepreneurial ecosystems. I interviewed several players within the Capitol Region such as local entrepreneurs, funders, regional planners, social entrepreneurs, and elected officials, and I researched many programs and case studies across the nation to understand how city planners can best support their region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. From this research, I crafted recommendations, of which I passed along to the City of Madison’s Economic Development Committee. However, I had to move to Sacramento before I was able to present them. The piece also includes some discussion on how to measure the success of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Here is a link to the PDF, which provides a helpful entrepreneurial ecosystem glossary in the back 🙂

The Role of the City Planner in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

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I have intermediate skills in SketchUp 3D modeling. Here is a sample of my work from several viewpoints:

I wrote this “Analysis of Wisconsin’s Act 28: the ‘Affordable Housing Extension'” research paper for my Housing and Public Policy class in the spring of 2015, and it was used as policy guidance by two Wisconsin municipalities since I wrote it. The following is a summary of the paper:

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 1.05.32 PMIn 2009, the State of Wisconsin passed Act 28, nicknamed the “Affordable Housing Extension.” The purpose of this paper examines the Cities of Monona, La Crosse and Appleton’s experience with the extension. Drawing from interviews with each of these municipalities, this paper will highlight lessons learned, suggestions for improvements and barriers to success of Act 28 implementation. A brief assessment of similar policies in other US States will provide a unit of comparison to Act 28 and help inform suggestions for improvement.

See the full paper here: Jackson_FINAL PAPER 844 (1)

Together, my team and I created this ULI Hines 2016 proposal for our development. Although we did not place, I enjoyed learning more about the entitlements process and applying my planning knowledge to practice. I helped to conceptualize all pieces of the project, and I designed the maps on the right third of the poster, the stormwater plan, the neighborhood energy plan, and the attributes graphic in the lower left corner of the poster. It is a very large file, so I apologize if the resolution is imperfect.

Created by Abigail Jackson, Planner • Di Wu, Landscape Architect • Mitchell Jung, Finance Manager • Alexandra Kirk, Architect • Zi Sen Chong, Project Manager

Created by Abigail Jackson, Planner • Di Wu, Landscape Architect • Mitchell Jung, Finance Manager • Alexandra Kirk, Architect • Zi Sen Chong, Project Manager

I am currently enrolled in the class Planning Applications of GIS, where I am advancing my skillset in geographic information systems (GIS). For this sample of work, I was instructed to find ideal neighborhoods* for a professor who is to hypothetically move to the City of Madison. The professor’s requirements included:

  • Neighborhoods greater than or equal to 70% homeownership
  • Within a one mile buffer from any of the lakes and arboretum
  • Within either one of two the client’s preferred school districts; and,
  • and, within a four-mile buffer of Music Hall, the client’s place of employment.

Because my data analysis was limited to the criteria I was given, I included two supplemental graphs as well in regards to median home value and presence of youth. I hope these aid in the construction of a neighborhood narrative without over-assuming the client’s values.

Methodology of this spatial analysis included heavy use of proximity analysis and its associated tools including buffers, containment, and clipping to arrive at four neighborhood options for the client.

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Neighborhood selection using ArcGIS

Here is an article from the Wisconsin State Journal by Jeff Glaze that summarizes the work on the Fitchburg Agriculture Route my team is doing in our Urban Planning Workshop class.

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Pictured: me (right) gathering input from focus group members; Source: Charles Androsky

 

Logo I conceptualized, designed and copyrighted as part of the branding of the Fitchburg Agricultural Route.

Logo I conceptualized, designed and copyrighted as part of the branding of the Fitchburg Agricultural Route.

For our graduate-level site planning course, I worked in a small group to create this transit-oriented development proposal. I was responsible for the SketchUp massings, design and layout, as well as the written portions of pages 10-15.  We used a collaborative editing process.

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TOD proposal sample art

Here is a snip of the building massings and shadow studies I created using Google SketchUp for this showcased transit-oriented development proposal for my Site Planning class.

I wrote this piece for my site planning class. We had to choose an American city and review its site plan and development review policy:

Analysis of Site Plan and Development Review Policies in Phoenix, AZ

Analysis of Site Plan and Development Review Policies in Phoenix, AZ