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Lessons For Localities From “The Economics Of Placemaking”

James Lima’s firm was part of the interdisciplinary team that reimagined Peachtree Street as a “shared space” in downtown Atlanta.
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James Lima’s firm was part of the interdisciplinary team that reimagined Peachtree Street as a “shared space” in downtown Atlanta.

Next week here in Chattanooga, urban planner James F. Lima will talk about “The Economics of Placemaking.”

He is the founder of James Lima Planning + Development, a real estate and economic advisory firm in New York that helps clients in the public and private sectors to “create more vibrant, equitable and resilient places” - including here in the Southeast.

James will appear at The Camp House on Thursday, May 4th starting at 5:30 PM - for the CIVIQ speaker series hosted by Chattanooga Design Studio.

We brought you the first part of our conversation with James last week here on “Scenic Roots.”

For the rest of our conversation, we begin with the Studio’s David Chalker, who reminds us about the mission of the CIVIQ series.

James Lima
James Lima Planning and Development
James Lima
James Lima at CIVIQ banner.
Chattanooga Design Studio

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