SPK
Speakers
Griffin / Powers / Hartsock
Urban x Art x Community
Toni
Griffin
Urban Planner
Detroit Works Project
dcdc-udm.org
Detroit has changed dramatically since the mid-1900s and the policies and regulations used to guide development in the City require similar change to acknowledge a smaller population, prepare for a larger economy, and incorporate new, innovative land uses. The Master Plan of Policies needs to be updated to elevate its status and utility.

TONI L. GRIFFIN is the founder of Urban Planning and Design for the American City, based in New York. Through the practice, Toni served as Project Director the long range planning initiative of the Detroit Work Project, and in 2013 completed and released Detroit Future City, a comprehensive citywide framework plan for urban transformation.

Ms. Griffin was recently a Professor of Architecture and the founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York.

Stephen
Powers
Artist & Sign Painter
A Love Letter for You
firstandfifteenth.net
Building on what he started in Ireland, Powers is now working on an ongoing mural project about the complexities and rewards of relationships titled
A Love Letter for You. In Philadelphia, Stephen (call him ESPO) and his crew painted more than 50 walls along the elevated train along Market Street in Philly.

IN 1999 STEPHEN POWERS stopped writing graffiti and tending bar to dedicate himself to being a full-time artist. In spite of early spite. His work has been shown at Venice and Liverpool Biennials, as well as numerous shows at Deitch Projects. Powers was a Fulbright scholar in 2007. He used the grant to paint in the streets of Dublin and Belfast. His work in Belfast’s Lower Shankill area was inspired by the area’s political murals; Powers told the New York Times that he was “taking the form of the murals, which are powerful for all the wrong reasons, and trying to retain some of the power and use it in
a really good way.”

Linda
Hartsock
Community Engagement
Connective Corridor
connectivecorridor.syr.edu
SThe Connective Corridor is a collaboration between Syracuse University, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County to connect University Hill with downtown Syracuse. The project includes new streetscapes to make the city more pedestrian and bike-friendly, a free public transportation system with smart bus technology, and a network of green infrastructure.

PRIOR TO JOINING Syracuse University, Linda was Vice President, Innovation and Technology, for CenterState CEO, a 12-county regional policy and development organization.

Additionally, she launched The Clean Tech Center, an award-winning NYSERDA-funded incubator. In that role, she also served as Director, Industry Collaboration, SyracuseCoE a New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. She managed a 35,000 sq ft technology incubator in downtown Syracuse, providing oversight to the Kauffman Foundation supported "Student Sandbox".