January 27, 2014
The Waterfront of Burlington, Vermont is my favorite urban space. Burlington was my first taste of relatively cosmopolitan living, having grown up in a small town in Connecticut. My exurban upbringing gave me the mindset that nature is fundamentally different and separate from development and civic life. The waterfront is a beautiful space, with endless recreation opportunities, that frames Lake Champlain in the foreground and the Adirondack Mountains behind there. Despite this, it abuts downtown, bustling with baby-boomers in work attire, students in hoodies, yuppies in crewnecks, and all the trappings of a small city catering to them all, a few blocks up a hill. I love this space because it taught be how urban life (in the context of Vermont, anyway) can compliment and feed off of its natural surroundings. I've been able to apply this new philosophy in every city I've visited and lived in, and I whole-heartedly credit the Burlington waterfront for that.
I hope to learn more about the issues impacting San Francisco's evolution and growth, the proposals to address them, and the perspective of all groups in the community. I want to learn how the city's situation compares and contrasts with those of other cities in the US and abroad. Finally, I want to learn how I can become involved in the urban issues I care about and make an impact.
I'm a 2+ year resident of San Francisco. I'm originally from the East Coast and have held an interest in planning and urban design for several years. I work in market research consulting. In my free time, I hike, ski, and drink lots of coffee.