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The Importance of Infrastructure Investment

The Importance of Infrastructure Investment

October 12, 2022

Our cities are set to embark on the largest new investment in infrastructure since the 1960s. The confluence of federal funding and increasing urgency to address climate change and environmental justice issues creates an important opportunity for those shaping the public realm. This opening session will explore how to prioritize environmental and social community needs in infrastructure revitalization and development.

About the High Line Network

Presented by the High Line, the High Line Network is a group of infrastructure reuse projects—and the people who help them come to life. As cities become denser and land for traditional parks becomes more scarce, residents are finding creative ways to bring green space to their neighborhoods. Projects in the High Line Network transform underutilized infrastructure into new urban landscapes. Redefining what a park can be, these hybrid spaces are also public squares, open-air museums, botanical gardens, social service organizations, walkways, transit corridors, and more.

The High Line Network is a program of the High Line, the nonprofit organization that founded, funds, and maintains the High Line park in New York City. The High Line is leading the Network in close collaboration with project representatives.

Visit the Network website to learn more about our work and current Network members:

About the Forward Spaces symposium

Forward Spaces is the High Line Network’s biennial gathering. This year, the symposium brings together over 60 project leaders, board members, and community partners of infrastructure reuse projects into both group and one-on-one conversations with thought leaders, academics, and practitioners over three days in Miami, FL.



David Martin, CEO of Terra Group

As the CEO of Miami-based development firm Terra, David Martin has cultivated a portfolio of more than five million square feet of residential and commercial real estate valued in excess of $8 billion. The firm is active across all major real estate asset classes, including multifamily apartments, luxury condominium and single-family residences, retail and office space, hotels, and industrial properties. Mr. Martin oversees several facets of Terra’s business, including real estate development, design, construction, financing, marketing, sales and leasing.


Oscar Perry Abello, Senior Economics Correspondent, NextCity

Oscar is Next City's senior economics correspondent. He previously served as Next City’s editor from 2018 – 2019, and was a Next City Equitable Cities Fellow from 2015 – 2016. Since 2011, Oscar has covered community development finance, community banking, impact investing, economic development, housing, and more for media outlets such as Shelterforce, B Magazine, Impact Alpha, and Fast Company.


Teri Williams, President & COO, OneUnited Bank

Teri Williams is President & COO and owner of OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in the country and supporter of the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack Movement. She is responsible for the Bank’s strategic initiatives, as well as the day to day operations, including all retail branches, marketing, compliance, lending, information technology, customer support, legal, and human resources. Ms. Williams brings 30 years of financial services expertise including Bank of America and American Express, where she was one of the youngest Vice Presidents. Ms. Williams holds an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard University and a B.A. with distinctions in Economics from Brown University.


Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami Dade County

Daniella Levine Cava was elected Miami-Dade County's first-ever woman Mayor in November 2020. She enters the Mayor's office following a 40-year career as a relentless advocate for South Florida families in public service and elected leadership.
As Miami-Dade County's Mayor, she oversees a metropolitan government with more than 28,000 employees serving nearly 3 million residents, managing an annual budget of approximately $9 billion.
Since taking office, she has worked to protect lives and livelihoods by deploying a countywide operation to distribute coronavirus vaccines efficiently and equitably across Miami-Dade; appointing the County's first Chief Medical officer; and working closely with city leaders and the business community to spread a unified pandemic response message. In collaboration with the Board of County Commissioners, she is working to distribute millions of federal dollars in American Rescue Plan relief funds to support small businesses and residents impacted by the pandemic, invest in critical infrastructure projects, and kickstart long-term recovery.


Christopher Coes, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy

Christopher Coes serves as the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy in the US Department of Transportation. Coes previously served as Vice President for Land Use and Development at Smart Growth America (SGA), Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, Professor at George Washington University, and Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for the Transportation for America campaign.


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