Jessica Tunon

Community Design
Detroit placemaking

How I Got Involved in Walkability and Placemaking

Friday, April 25, 2014 12:50 PM

Late last year, I immersed myself in the study of walkability, New Urbanism, livable communities, business improvement districts (BIDs), and placemaking. I read about the subjects, talked with experts, and attended meetings in both my prior home town Austin and my newly adopted home Washington D.C. If you are unfamiliar with the term, “walkable urbanism” […]






by Jessica Tunon
Health
GoldSpike with Natalie Currie and Asha Aravindakshan

Why Not Have a Walking Meeting? Here’s How

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:43 PM

I was one of about 1,500 people to attend the inaugural SXSW V2V hosted at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada back in August.   V2V – which stands for a bunch of things, including Visionaries to Vegas, Vision to Venture, Voice to Voice, and Venture to Vegas — was all about learning the skills, […]






by Jessica Tunon
Education
Car Free featured

How to Host World Carfree Day in Your City

Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:04 AM

On New Year’s Eve 2011, I moved to a mixed-use neighborhood one-and-a-half miles from downtown Austin, Texas. I was living car-free and got around by carpooling and walking. This was very different from Washington D.C., where I had previously lived and used the public transit system almost daily. I was excited by the move and, […]






by Jessica Tunon
Community Design
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Can Austin Become a Top 10 City for Pedestrians?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:22 AM

I have enjoyed walking as long as I can remember because it’s a way to connect with friends, think, be outside, and get exercise. One of my top walking locations to do all that is A1A in Boca Raton, Florida. It is a beautiful walk, but I needed to drive to get there because of […]






by Jessica Tunon
Community Design
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Is Washington D.C. a Walkable and Bikeable City? These People Say It Is

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:45 PM

What a way to kick off summer, with the Coalition for Smarter Growth launch today of Walkable Living Stories. The campaign shares the stories of dozens of Washington D.C. residents who have chosen a walkable lifestyle. When you get to the site, you find yourself clicking on the interactive map to see where the 38 percent […]






by Jessica Tunon
Health
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Active Transportation Information Needed at Event-Planning Websites

Friday, June 7, 2013 1:46 PM

I was recently organizing an event in downtown Austin, Texas. The event space was partially chosen because it offered ease of access, with many public-transportation options. I built the event page where guests would register online. But soon after the event was posted to this event-planning web service, I received a message to add the […]






by Jessica Tunon
Economic Prosperity
Car Free featured

Reflecting on Five Years of the Car-Free Lifestyle

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Who: Jessica Tunon, appreciator of much-improved lifestyle What: Two-door Honda Accord LE, lease ended on May 12, 2008 Where: Florida to Arlington, Virginia Why: Have more “fun money” When: May 12, 2008 (see above) How: CarFreeDiet.com and, with my financial background, a personal cost-benefit analysis As the stats above show, I recently passed my five-year anniversary of beginning my new […]






by Jessica Tunon