Often, when street improvements —including protected bike lanes, widened sidewalks, and pedestrian plazas— are made, they compete with dedicated lanes for curbside parking and automotive traffic. A key question is whether these improvements strengthen or dampen the economic vitality of adjacent retail businesses. In a new study, Bennett Midland LLC found evidence that the improvement projects contributed positively to economic activity in the neighborhoods around the improvement sites. In his talk, Eric Lee will present this original research.Speaker Bio Eric Lee is President of Bennett Midland LLC, a management consulting company based in New York City. Eric has developed innovative solutions to address problems in criminal justice, urban planning, and community and economic development. He is a trusted advisor to elected officials and senior government staff in New York and nationally. Eric holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA and Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College.Lunch will be provided. RSVP now!