ULI Healthy Places Book Talks: Inclusive Transportation - In Conversation with Veronica Davis & Shonda Wang


2024-01-26T13:00:00 - 2024-01-26T14:00:00

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    Registration is complimentary and open to everyone.

    Join us for the inaugural ULI Healthy Places Book Talk! Our new Book Talks series represents the next chapter of the Building Healthy Places Book + Film Club. Launched in the spring of 2020, BHP Book + Film Club brought people together for meaningful discussions during times of social separation.

    The first Book Talk will shine a spotlight on Inclusive Transportation: A Manifesto for Repairing Divided Communities by Veronica Davis. In this groundbreaking work, Davis fearlessly confronts the significant challenges that transportation and land use professionals face today. She delves into the inherent inequities of our transportation systems, which only serve to exacerbate disparities across communities in the U.S. Davis emphasizes the importance of empathy and determination in reshaping a transportation system that, for too long, has favored automobiles and divided communities.

    Inclusive Transportation is not just a call to action; it's a practical guide for those eager to champion justice and equity in community development through transportation. Davis advocates for a transformative approach that spotlights the critical need for diverse leadership, updated training, improved communication, and enhanced data collection. 

    Join us for a powerful conversation with Veronica Davis, facilitated by Shonda Wang, that explores the path to a more equitable and just future in transportation and development.



    Veronica Davis

    Director of Transportation & Drainage Operations, City of Houston

    Veronica O. Davis is Director of Transportation & Drainage Operations for Houston, Texas, leading the team responsible for maintaining and improving the infrastructure that spans Houston’s 671 square miles. Veronica has nearly 20 years of experience in engineering and transportation planning. She is an Entrepreneur and Civil Engineer, co-founding Nspiregreen, LLC., which manages Community, Multimodal Transportation, and Environmental planning and consulting. While at Nspiregreen, she led the Vision Zero Action Plans for Washington, DC and the City of Alexandria. She co-founded Black Women Bike, an organization and movement which builds a community and interest in biking among black women through education, advocacy and recreation. Veronica was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2012 for her professional accomplishments and advocacy. Veronica graduated with Bachelor of Science from University of Maryland College Park and a Master of Engineering and a Master of Regional and Urban Planning, Land Use and Environmental Planning from Cornell University. She completed graduate work towards a PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Maryland College Park. Veronica serves on the committees for Transportation Research Board, the board for America Walks, as well as technical advisory boards at the University of Maryland and Cornell University.


    Shonda Wang

    Principal, SvN Architects + Planners

    Shonda is a Principal at SvN with nearly two decades of experience in large-scale urban regeneration projects concentrated on mobility, planning, and design. Her transit-oriented intensification projects create walkable and thriving com­munities, serving the interests of both public- and private-sector clients. Shonda has led numerous pivotal and award-winning transportation and mobility-related projects at SvN such as the Dundas Connects Master Plan Project for the City of Mississauga, the Eglinton Avenue Streetscape Study and Environmental Assessment for the City of Toronto, and the Six Points Interchange Re­configuration in Etobicoke. A significant focus of her work is the link between the public realm, the built form and transportation infrastructure, particularly around Major Transit Station Areas, including work as the Public Realm and Municipal Development Lead for the Hurontario LRT in Mississauga and Brampton. Shonda recently served as Project Director for relevant projects including: Planning Advisor, New Subways (Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx), the Danforth GO Connectivity Study (Metrolinx), and the Main Street Planning Study (City of Toronto). She was the the Planning and Urban Design Lead for RioCan REIT’s Master Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment for the Shoppers World Brampton redevelopment in Brampton, Ontario, a 50-acre site at the the terminus of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit Corridor. Based on an extensive consultation process with the Region, City, landowners and public, the process received unanimous Council approval in December 2020, with zero appeals. Shonda is currently the Lead Technical Advisor to Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario for Transit Oriented Communities along the Ontario Line. She is currently supporting Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario in engagement with the City of Toronto in order to determine approaches to TOCs that balance delivery of technical, market and community requirements.