As a faculty associate with the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, the Spring 2003 studio instructor Jim Cohen has been interested in the degree to which smart growth strategies, such as transit-oriented development, can benefit cities and inner suburbs. In the fall of 2002, Sam Parker of the Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority arranged for him to meet with Ella Lewis and Loretta Tate, the founding members of the Eastside Village Project. The Eastside Village Project addresses neighborhood revitalization goals in Ward 7 of the District of Columbia and the Prince George’s County jurisdictions of Seat Pleasant, Capitol Heights and Fairmount Heights. It is a collaborative effort of elected officials, community development organizations and local community activists. The ensuing conversations resulted in the decision to have the Spring 2003 Community Planning Studio focus on the potential for implementing a transit-oriented development strategy at the Capitol Heights Metro Station.
Studio Team Members