Downtown Evolution: Digital Dreaming & Civic Imagination

Mar 8, 2024

2:30pm – 4:30pm CT

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Can we transform downtown downfall into an opportunity for civic imagination? Urban downtowns across the US are falling on hard times: empty shopfronts, vacant offices, and soaring rents. These tough times provide the basis for reimagination and renewal as the world around us enters a new era. Could we face these urban challenges head-on and consider this downfall an opportunity for cities and citizens to flourish for a more sustainable future? What opportunities for fresh imagination and growth does it create? How can emergent technologies like AI support this as a civic practice?

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photo of Vanessa Olson
Vanessa Olson

Downtown Austin Alliance

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Rosanna Vitiello

The Place Bureau

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