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Webinar: Place and Well-Being: The 15-Minute Neighborhood and Lessons from Covid-19 on Wednesday, December 9, 10 AM PST

On December 9th, 2020, at 10am PST, our partner Meeting of the Minds will convene a free, live webinar featuring Aimee Gauthier and Christina Jang of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

During this event, two executives from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) will inform on new research related to health and access in urban policy and planning.

First, they will share their brand new research on 15-minute neighborhoods – a framework to think about how residents experience their lives and how we might continue to use this framing in a post-Covid world. Where should cities invest precious resources for safe cycling? How do we preserve and continue the pedestrianization and access of our streets that the pandemic has accelerated?

They will also share ITDP’s recent research in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation on how we can improve cities for babies and toddlers. This unique perspective actually serves multiple populations – the frail, sick, elderly, and disabled. If we can make cities livable for children under age five, then perhaps we can also create cities accessible to everyone.

ITDP’s two toolkits will be shared for urban practitioners interested in getting into the weeds on block density, access to services, spatialized data, car-free zones, cycling infrastructure, education, and policy tools to ensure our cities are placing well-being as the key driver as we rebuild towards recovery.


  • Aimée Gauthier, Chief Knowledge Officer, ITDP

Aimée Gauthier has been working with ITDP since 2002. She leads the international policy program, global research and projects, and monitoring and evaluation. Previously, she worked on transport projects in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, including bus rapid transit, cycling and walking projects, and transport for health care. Aimée holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and has dual bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and political & social thought from the University of Virginia.

  • Christina Jang, Senior Program Coordinator, ITDP

Christina Jang is a Senior Program Coordinator, supporting ITDP’s Global programmatic work. She leads agenda development and partnerships for ITDP’s annual international summit on sustainable transport, MOBILIZE. In her role, she also brings together knowledge and products across ITDP’s country offices, contributes to the Global program’s research on the mobility of young children, caregivers and women, and supports the Sustainable Transport Award Committee. She is passionate about finding and cultivating connections to promote sustainable transport that enables equitable and dignified access to opportunities in cities.


Webinar: Place and Well-Being: The 15-Minute Neighborhood and Lessons from Covid-19

When: Wednesday, December 9 at 10 AM PST

Link to registration here

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