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Kurt Wheeler

Senior Project Associate

Kurt is a Senior Project Associate at Project for Public Spaces, where she is a member of the Public Markets team, as well as a contributor to the program development and outreach associated with our regional and international conferences. Having started with Project for Public Spaces in 2014, initially as an intern and Project Associate, Kurt has been involved in a broad range of initiatives, including the organization’s partnership with Main Street America and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design. After completing her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute, Kurt rejoined Project for Public Spaces in her current role in 2019.

Kurt focused her master’s research on the relationship between street vendors and brick-and-mortar businesses in New York City and continues to be involved in local efforts to improve policy support for vendors. Prior to rejoining Project for Public Spaces, Kurt also worked with the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation to develop a community vision for the redevelopment of industrial sites along the Bronx River.

Kurt believes that public spaces are integral to the collective physical and emotional health and resilience of communities—now more than ever.

Education

M.S. City and Regional Planning, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

B.A. Linguistics, Reed College, Portland, OR

The Key to Safe Streets: Five Cities Humanizing Street Design