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The Innovative Cities Lecture Series

Transportation as Community Building: Achieving sustainability and equity goals through transportation planning presentation by Lydia Statz, Transportation Planner and Project Manager with Kimley-Horn in Minneapolis

Lecture Summary:

Through her work at Kimley-Horn, Lydia Statz has had the privilege to work for communities in 18 states across the country to achieve sustainable and equitable outcomes in the transportation planning space. These include projects in a variety of communities: planning for reducing vehicle miles traveled in Hennepin County, MN, equitable transportation access work in Wyandotte County, KS, and land-use responsive street design in Fargo, MN. Lydia will discuss the community building approach in these projects and her overall experience.


Lydia specializes in transportation and mobility planning and has had the privilege to work in over a dozen states and a wide variety of communities throughout her four years with Kimley-Horn. Lydia is passionate about working with communities and organizations to identify ways to advance community goals through smart mobility investments. Lydia is known for her tailored approach that calls on both national best practices and local community priorities to develop plans that make smart use of limited resources. Her experience includes many multimodal plans that integrate bicycle, pedestrian, transit, shared mobility, street design and freight operations, mirroring the complex planning environment of an urban university campus.

AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to planners, students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University. Please contact Jennifer Tasse , Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at