Lecture: David Leopold
Getting to Great Streets: The Role of Planners in Creating Sustainable Urban Infrastructure
David Leopold is an urban planner and the consultant program manager for the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program. Charged with creating accessible and dynamic urban spaces, he is responsible for over $90 million in combined project budgets for over 40 sustainable policy, planning, design, and construction projects ranging from pocket parks and public markets to streetscapes and master plans. Leopold oversaw the development of CDOT’s Street and Site Plan Design Guidelines and has recently completed the phase one framework plan for the Bloomingdale Trail and Park. He has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, and is incorporating progressive environmental design into traditional infrastructure through Chicago’s award-winning Sustainable Streets Program and Green Alley Program.