Posts By: Amy Elmore

Al Bartolotta celebrates 32 years of creating positive change in Pinellas County

Al Bartolotta receives award

Forward Pinellas Division Manager Al Bartolotta is retiring next month after a 32-year career in urban planning. He started with the Pinellas County Planning Department in 1988, where he worked on assignments for both land use and transportation planning, and joined Forward Pinellas in 2015 as a result of the Pinellas Planning Council/Metropolitan Planning Organization… Read more »

Racism in Urban Planning

Protest

Preface  ~Whit Blanton, Executive Director In this piece, Forward Pinellas senior manager Al Bartolotta lays out the sad history of how city planning and laws influencing urban and regional planning have exacerbated or perpetuated institutional or systemic racism in our cities, suburbs and other communities throughout the country. As planners responsible for understanding our communities… Read more »

Tampa Conference Reveals Many Sides of Hunger Problem

According to Feeding America, more than 48 million people in the U.S. are not sure where their next meal is coming from. In Pinellas County, Feeding America identifies 16 percent of the population, nearly 150,000 people, as “food insecure.” The numbers are worse for children, nationwide and locally. Nearly one in four of the county’s… Read more »

Bay Pines Boulevard Presents Challenges for Upcoming Corridor Study

If you ask Joseph Powell, traveling Bay Pines Boulevard can be a perilous endeavor. “I saw four car accidents in three days here last week,” he said. A regular visitor to the C.W. Bill Young Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Joseph relies on public transportation to get around. I spoke to him on September 30 while he… Read more »

Pasadena Avenue Project to Focus on “All” Users

Pasadena Avenue, bicycle at crosswalk

“I ride my bike to work every day,” Justin Doyle told me while pouring beers on a hot July afternoon at the Horse and Jockey Pub in South Pasadena.  He was responding to my questions about bicycling on Pasadena Avenue, where the pub is located.  I’ve biked on the corridor myself many times and have… Read more »

St. Petersburg Residents Select Locations for Bike Share Stations

Coast bike share bikes

In April, the St. Petersburg City Council approved funding for a bike share program in its downtown area.  The program will launch in September with the roll out of 30 stations and 300 GPS-enabled smart bikes.  Now the City needs to figure out where to locate the stations and they’re looking to the locals for… Read more »

St. Petersburg Residents Select Locations for Bike Share Stations

In April, the St. Petersburg City Council approved funding for a bike share program in its downtown area.  The program will launch in September with the roll out of 30 stations and 300 GPS-enabled smart bikes.  Now the City needs to figure out where to locate the stations and they’re looking to the locals for… Read more »

Streets for Everyone – Gil Penalosa Brings His Healthy Cities Message to St. Petersburg

https://forwardpinellas.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/1280px-ciclovc3ada_bogotc3a1_cra_7_con_cl_17.jpg Elected officials and professionals involved in efforts to improve transportation infrastructure in their communities often talk about mobility and safety being the top priorities. These are necessary pursuits. But the core values of building a quality transportation system are about health and equity. These themes are central to the mission of 8 80 Cities,… Read more »