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"8 80 Cities For Everyone" In Chattanooga: Part II With Gil Penalosa

Gil Penalosa
8 80 Cities
Gil Penalosa

Imagine a city whose parks and streets are public spaces fit to use by everyone from eight years old to eighty years old.

Gil Penalosa is the founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, a nonprofit in Canada that works with cities around the world to help them find ways to turn that vision into reality.

Next week, Gil will visit Chattanooga to discuss “8 80 Cities for Everyone” - as the next speaker at CIVIQ, presented by Chattanooga Design Studio on Thursday, February 22nd, starting at 5:30 PM, at the downtown Chattanooga Public Library.

In the first part of our conversation with Gil here on "Scenic Roots," we talked about a few highlights of his career that led to the creation of 8 80 Cities.

In Bogotá, Colombia, he led the design and construction of more than 200 parks - also transforming the Ciclovia / Open Streets program into a global model for cities.

In recent years, he ran for Mayor of Toronto, Canada - and while he did not win, his campaign changed the conversation about what kind of future that city should have.

And now, the rest of our conversation with Gil Penalosa - along with Eric Myers, executive director of Chattanooga Design Studio - and Scott Martin, administrator of Chattanooga Parks & Outdoors, a partner with the Studio on Gil’s visit.

Banner for Gil Penalosa at CIVIQ.
Chattanooga Design Studio

Our thanks to Gil Penalosa, Eric Myers and Scott Martin - and those on their teams - for arranging this conversation.

For more on Gil at CIVIQ, visit chattanoogastudio.com.

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, Mondays - Thursdays at 3 PM on WUTC.
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