We're kicking off a new season of Shaping Cities in partnership with nonprofit publisher Island Press!
In the season premier we sat down with Larisa Ortiz, a nationally recognized urban planner, consultant, and author specializing in commercial district revitalization. In her interview with host Erik Felix, Larisa dives into her work with commercial districts, the future of retail, and how businesses are adapting in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
about our guest
Larisa Ortiz is a nationally recognized urban planner, consultant, speaker, instructor, & author in the field of commercial district revitalization. She is the Managing Director of Research & Analysis at Streetsense and leads their public nonprofit initiative. She is a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Planning Commission and has developed retail and implementation strategies for over two hundred districts worldwide. Most recently, she was tasked with developing a comprehensive commercial district assessment tool for the City of New York. She’s written two books including “Improving Tenant Mix: A Guide for Commercial District Practitioners” and has taught at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. A Watson Fellow and Fulbright Scholar, she has 20-plus years of experience analyzing and providing perspective on what business districts must do to adapt and thrive in the face of an evolving retail landscape.