Re-Form Shreveport Presents: Urban3's Joe Minicozzi Recap

June 22, 2016 || Downtown Shreveport

Re-Form Shreveport welcomed Urban3’s Joe Minicozzi for our second speaking event. Urban3 is a company that uses geo-spatial representation to demonstrate to communities the economic value and productivity of their urban areas. Their methods have encouraged a shift in perception about standard development practices. This work has relevant implications for the economic future and the landscape of Shreveport.

Joe Minicozzi is an architect, urban planner and sought-after speaker. His theories on the financial productivity of urban areas have been published in renowned journals and he speaks and consults on these theories internationally.

Like our October 2016 event with Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns, this event was produced with assistance from civic organizations and individual donors including the Downtown Development Authority and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana. We owe a debt of gratitude to these entities as well as Community Renewal International, the Shreveport City Council, the Caddo Parish Commission and the Metropolitan Planning Commission who all helped us promote the event.

Joe’s visit was a rigorous day of meeting with local stakeholders in small meetings before and after our public events, which were held during lunch time at the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and in the evening at Central ARTSTATION in downtown Shreveport. Joe shared a presentation to citizens, stakeholders, and community leaders espousing the benefits of understanding the economic efficiency of urban areas compared to sprawling suburban developments.  To put it plainly, Joe wants us to “do the math”. Calculating the productivity of a city block requires, in most cases, basic arithmetic.

View Joe's Powerpoint

What Was Accomplished

Following Joe’s visit there have been lively discussions face to face and via social media platforms about how Shreveport might employ best practices to more plan and develop our community. The most immediate outcome of Joe’s visit was this editorial from DDA Board Member Larry Laborde which appeared in the Shreveport Times. As we move forward as an organization we will engage our Re-Form Shreveport community in “doing the math” on development and infrastructure costs so that we may effectively engage with decision makers.


Joe Minicozzi of Urban3 Keynote and Q&A - Live Stream

Strong Towns + Re-Form Shreveport Recap

October 7-8 2016 || Downtown Shreveport

The first event hosted by Re-Form Shreveport featured the Strong Towns organization, of which Tim Wright was a member. The Strong Towns organization specializes in showing cities how they can pursue development that is financially sustainable. This message applies very well to Shreveport given our existing infrastructure funding issue, among other development challenges. In addition, Strong Towns provided a platform for concerned  citizens to engage with city leaders and learn about steps that could be taken to make Shreveport a better city to live in.

This event came together with the help of several entities that helped to fund,  provide resources, and publicize the event. Community Foundation and the Caddo Parish Commission, along with other private donations, provided the funding, while the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority, SporTran, Heliopolis, and Fusiform Design provided in-kind donations and services to execute the event. Finally, the Caddo Parish Commission and Metropolitan Planning Commission publicized the event at their monthly meetings.

The Strong Towns event included a Keynote Presentation and Walking Tours. The Keynote (embedded below) allowed Chuck Marohn, president of the Strong Towns organization, to share the Strong Towns message with Shreveport citizens and policymakers concerning what makes cities financially productive and prosperous. The following day, Strong Towns hosted walking tours throughout different parts of the city, primarily downtown and immediately surrounding neighborhoods, showing how some of the concepts presented in the keynote could be applied directly to Shreveport. Finally, several private meetings were hosted with different community leaders in order to give some guidance on how to further lead the city in the right direction.

What Was Accomplished

To continue the conversation that was started at the Strong Towns event, the Re-Form team has identified  several steps we want to take. First, we want to empower local citizens to undertake small projects throughout Shreveport that improve our neighborhoods. Such an example is seen through the subsequent  Re-Form Highland Park Cleanup in which local citizens used an innovative solution to invest in a park that currently gets little attention from the city. Second, we would like to analyze different development decisions in the City of Shreveport according to how they impact the city financially. Thirdly, we would like to find examples of action that citizens are taking to improve Shreveport, and give them a voice in order to further their work


Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns Keynote and Q&A - Live Stream

Bus Tour Live Stream