Here's the Plan...
There’s a lot that goes into running a city: Where will people live? Where will they work? And how will they get around?
Don’t worry, there’s a plan. And that plan is getting an update with a little help from University of Louisville students, who recently worked with Louisville Metro Government as part of their Master of Urban Planning capstone project.
“The students really offered us a fresh set of perspectives on how we can approach some of the challenges our community faces in its built environment,” said Jeff O’Brien, deputy director of Develop Louisville and the city’s Office of Advanced Planning.
The students looked at housing, transportation and how to better tie those issues into land use decisions, then pitched their ideas on how, for example, the city can return vacant properties to productive use. The city hopes that improving how it tackles these challenges will lead to denser communities.
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Nia Holt, who was on the team, said the project gave “students and UofL an opportunity to really contribute to the community and its future and its growth.”
Another team member, Holden Pederson, said the project also gave students an opportunity to apply what they learned in class, and get some real-world experience and perspective.
“I’d say through this project, we really learned a lot more about what planners in the field do on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “And hopefully, we helped them in that we, as students, have a lot more time to do these deep-dives and research and think outside the box.”
O’Brien said he can relate — after all, he was once an urban planning student, himself.
“Getting a real hands-on experience and understanding …of what we do as planners in the real-world is very important,” he said. “And I think that is something that is both beneficial to the students, and to (Louisville) Metro Government and the residents of the city.”