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Lisa Nisenson

Lisa Nisenson

Lisa is co-founder of GreaterPlaces, an urban planning tech startup with tech incubator 1776, and principal of Nisenson Consulting in Arlington, Virginia, specializing in smart growth, comprehensive planning, and water policy.

Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with “fast action planning”

This article originally appeared in the Eno Transportation Weekly. Kelley Coyner and Lisa Nisenson led the capstone session of Eno’s Capital Convergence, Taking it to the Streets: Creating the Strategies to Bring an AV Shuttle to the D.C. Region. At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, technology leaders like David Woessner of Local Motors demonstrated that transformative… Read more »

Starting the tough smart-city conversations

Notes from Smart Cities Week  Last week, the Smart Cities Council held its second conference devoted to the fast-paced world of city-scale technologies that support efficient and sustainable communities. Even in just the last year, a slew of new pilot programs and product launches have redefined some of the ongoing discussions about shared visions of… Read more »

Bikeshare station in DC

Transportation options are looking different – sidewalks should too

An article on Mobility Lab last year about Uber and urban form proposed: can we extend the disruption in transportation to a disruption in urban design? Since that post, cities, public transit authorities and the U.S. Department of Transportation have further defined formal roles for ridesharing services and smartphone apps. Innovation in urban planning, however, lacks… Read more »

Transportation Leadership 2.0 – Arlington, technology, and the future of place

What will it take to jump-start Arlington’s “plan B” for transit? The county’s previous “plan A,” two streetcar lines along Columbia Pike and Crystal City, didn’t go as planned. Instead, the county unexpectedly cancelled both lines, leaving the community reeling with big questions of “why?” and “what’s next?” In October, Arlington held its inaugural TEDx… Read more »

Uber’s new wave of urban design. Are cities ready?

As far as billion-dollar companies go, if Walmart is the poster child of sprawl, could Uber be the new face of smart growth? Uber, best known for its smartphone-based taxi service, is expanding rapidly with initiatives less about individual rides and more about mass mobility. So far, reactions to Uber’s plans for driverless vehicles, “smart… Read more »

SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements

Austin, home to great music, festivals and tech, is also facing some great challenges. Thanks to its success, congestion, long commutes, and escalating housing costs are looming. For the first time, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is hosting Hack Our City. As part of the interactive program, five teams comprised of both locals and… Read more »

6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

This article was originally published in Tech Cocktail. The trend is that governments are opening up data, as well as planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as collaborators well-versed in details once reserved for professionals. Wait – what? That’s right. Civic leaders… Read more »

New Women’s Group Hopes to Refine “The Arlington Way”

“The Arlington Way” is viewed as one of the first and best examples of civic engagement at the local level. However, the drumbeat of criticism and opposition to all manner of needed investments suggest the Arlington Way as we know it is falling short. There are many factors likely at play: complex project design, a… Read more »