Hope for the City 2016

Hope for the City

8th Annual Lenten Leadership Series
“Mobility Matters”

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, and when I lived in housing far from the city center you gave me affordable public transit so I could find a job. . . . Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you have done it to me.
–Matthew: 25:35-40 (adapted)

Downtown Cleveland is slowly becoming a “livable city” and a destination not only to work, but to live and play. The renovation of Public Square is perhaps one of the most prominent enhancements that will create a “hub” for the city with an emphasis on pedestrians and connectivity. With a prominent location on the corner of Public Square and the mission to be a leader in the cultural and urban revitalization of Greater Cleveland, Old Stone Church presents the 8th Annual Hope for the City Lenten Series entitled Mobility Matters. Mobility matters to the rebirth of Cleveland. Re-thinking transportation needs of the livable city goes beyond depending on highways to bring cars from the suburbs to parking lots downtown. Transportation systems, walkability, and public spaces are increasing concerns for residents and visitors alike.

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February 24

Connecting the Dots
Joseph Calabrese
CEO/General Manager, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

March 2

Abundant Access: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom
Dr. Jarrett Walker
President, Jarrett Walker + Associates, Portland, Oregon and author of Human Transit

March 9

Creative Constraints: Transforming Mobility Challenges into Assets
David Jurca
Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Kent State University and the Associate Director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC)

March 16


Transportation Planning in a Changing Region
Grace Gallucci
Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Greater Cleveland

Joseph CalabreseJoe Calabrese became CEO/General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in 2000. He is not only the longest-serving General Manager in the history of RTA, but is the longest-serving General Manager of any multi-modal transit system in the United States. With more than 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors of the transportation industry, Calabrese was recently named one of Governing Magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year,” the only transit leader in the country to ever receive that distinction. Calabrese has catapulted RTA to become one of the most successful organizations in the public/private sector and one of the most respected transit agencies in the nation.

Significant awards include:

  • The “Smart 50” Award from Smart Business Magazine in 2015
  • “One of Public Transportation’s Most Influential People of the Decade,” in 2014
  • The “Best Large Public Transit System in North America” in 2007
  • The “Outstanding Transit Manager of the Year” in 2008

Through appointments by two US Secretaries of Transportation, Calabrese serves on the US Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Advisory Committee. Past president of both the New York State and Ohio Public Transit Associations, Calabrese is in leadership at the American Public Transportation Association.

Calabrese holds a Degree in Economics from Syracuse University, an MBA from the University of Buffalo and completed Post Graduate Fellowships at Northeastern University, The University of Chicago and at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Cleveland, Calabrese served as President of the Central New York RTA.

Jarrett Walker

Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy, with over 20 years of experience in projects across North America, Australia, and New Zealand. He is the president of Jarrett Walker and Associates in North America and also serves as Principal Consultant with MR Cagney Consultants in Australia and New Zealand.  

He is a well-known innovator in leading the redesign of transit networks, in describing transit issues to the public, in building values-based policies and standards, and in running fun, interactive design processes for transit plans. He has taught graduate level transit courses and now offers a two-day intensive course on transit network design for both professionals and advocates.

Walker holds a PhD in theatre arts and humanities from Stanford, and is a passionate advocate of humanities education for careers in supposedly technical fields.

His book, Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives, was published by Island Press. The book offers an introduction to transit issues for the average reader, designed to help anyone form clearer views that reflect their own values. In addition to his consulting, teaching, and speaking, he writes about public transit issues at HumanTransit.org.

David JurcaDavid Jurca is Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Kent State University and the Associate Director of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), where his work integrates professional practice, applied research, and teaching. Responding to community needs, David advances the CUDC’s advocacy initiatives and spearheads efforts to develop effective techniques for public engagement. He has over 10 years of experience working on emerging urban mobility issues through professional and academic projects. In 2012, he led Pop Up Rockwell, a temporary “Complete & Green Street” project along Downtown Cleveland’s Rockwell Avenue. The full-scale experiment was selected by the Federal Highway Administration as a Case Study of Context Sensitive Solutions and published in the recent book Tactical Urbanism.

A committed year-round cyclist, David launched COLDSCAPES.org, a multileveled initiative to spur creative engagement and livability in winter cities. He also taught the Designing Urban Green Spaces course at Case Western Reserve University  as a part-time lecturer in the SAGES Fellowship program. David serves as Chair of the City of Cleveland’s Near West Design Review Committee and volunteers for a number of organizations dedicated to community service. David lives in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood with his wife, Patty, and coonhound, Bernard.

Grace Gallucci

Grace Gallucci is the Executive Director for the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for greater Cleveland, and is responsible for transportation planning and resource allocation in the five county region.

Ms. Gallucci has nearly 25 years of finance and planning experience in the field of transportation. Her prior positions include working for the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority where she held the titles of Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the Finance and Performance Management functions, as well as those of the department of Research, Analysis and Policy Development. She also held the posts of Director of Office of Management & Budget and Director of Finance for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. She started her career in transportation as an analyst for the Office of Transportation, Broward County, Florida, working with both highways and mass transit issues.

Ms. Gallucci has been an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University, teaching courses in public finance, economics, public policy and transportation management. Ms. Gallucci holds a Master of Science in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University, and both a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.

She is active in various professional organizations including the American Public Transportation Association. She has served on several research panels for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science and has been appointed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to serve on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Review Advisory Committee for Safety. She has received many honors including being named one of Crain’s Business “40 under 40” and receiving the distinguished alumni award from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.

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