Trevor Dick, AICP, hates dry planning events. That means whenever he’s involved in a National Planning Conference session — like the always popular Fast, Funny, and Passionate series — or an APA Illinois Chapter conference event, he makes things fun by using some … unexpected tactics. Trevor and host Courtney Kashima, AICP, bring the same lively spirit to this episode of People Behind the Plans. Not only does Trevor divulge some of his off-the-wall presentation antics, he also reveals his favorite planning references in pop culture and regales Courtney with stories of public meetings gone awry.
The two switch gears to discuss the exciting developments underway in Aurora, Illinois, where Trevor is Director of Development Strategy and Facilitation. Currently one of the city’s big projects is revitalizing the Fox Valley Mall, which sits squarely within the Route 59 commercial corridor, the second biggest retail hub in the state after Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. Trevor also talks about the city’s plan to create a downtown International Marketplace District and how it will stand as an inclusive space for all residents. He goes on to praise the diversity of the city’s workforce, as well as his staff’s efforts to ensure that every resident’s voice is heard as they work to make positive change in the city.
About the Podcast: Hosted by Courtney Kashima, AICP, APA’s People Behind the Plans podcast series features conversations between planners on work, life, ideas, and problem-solving in a variety of communities.