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Equitable Transit-Oriented Development - A CDFW Urban Design Talk

  • 4 Aug 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom

Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

A CDFW Urban Design Talk on Development without Displacement around Transit


Wednesday, August 4, 2021 | 5:30-7pm






pay what you can

$20 suggested donation | $35 if seeking CEUS (CEU Credit Pending)

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a style of urban planning and development that maximizes residential, business + leisure space, and pedestrian activity within a half-mile walking distance of a public transit stop. This type of development is often marked by large communal squares, mixed-use pedestrian-oriented development, and hubs where people congregate rather than simply 'pass through,' such as farmers markets, small parks, and lively streets.

TOD is considered to be a sustainable, smart-growth practice because it both tackles the issue of where growth should occur and coordinates land use and transportation so that both are used efficiently.

TODs also have the ability to be a great economic engine. However, as with any development, there are potential downsides, such as transit-induced gentrification and displacement.

As Trinity Metro works to expand TEXRail and the City of Fort Worth looks to corridors like Lancaster for high capacity transit, our city has an opportunity to improve access, economic opportunities and create a sense of community while protecting the current people who live, work, and play there.

Please join us for this great discussion on Equitable Transit-Oriented Development!


Onyinye Akujuo is a seasoned transportation professional, change agent and a federal programs maven. Her expertise in transportation planning, transit infrastructure development, federal compliance, grant development and transportation policy has allowed her to attain over $3B in grant funding and an overall savings of $300M for her companies over the course of her career. Onyinye was awarded Top 40 under 40 from Young Government Leaders, 40 under 40 for Mass Transit Magazine in 2018 and 40 under 40 for Georgia Trend Magazine. She is an inaugural fellow for NYU's Transportation Fellows and Leadership NY. Onyinye was instrumental in bridging federal partnerships for transportation development such as BRT and Streetcar enhancements. Onyinye managed the Unified Planning Work Program for New York City Department of Transportation under NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. Most recently Onyinye served in leadership at the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and was instrumental for bringing in over $70M in federal funding in her first year for Transit Oriented Development, Covid-19 and the final phase of TEX-Rail.

Onyinye is from Queens, NY and held management roles in NYC, Atlanta, and now in Texas. She is a graduate of NYIT with a MA with distinction in Corporate Communications and Integrated Marketing and an Honors BS in Media and Communications from State University of New York at Old Westbury. She is currently finalizing her Executive MBA at Cornell University, Johnson School of Business where she is focusing on Real Estate, Investments and Emerging Markets. She is married to her awesome husband William, lives in Texas and enjoys planning her life and executing outreach plans.


Chris has 25 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary teams within community, design and real estate-based organizations and across private and non-profit sectors.

Chris’ experience includes large-scale spatial planning, master planning, investment frameworks, infrastructure, transit-oriented development, development feasibility, strategy, policy planning, zoning, and stakeholder and community engagement. He draws on TOD experience across subway, commuter rail, streetcar, and BRT systems from across the United States and internationally. He has a long-term focus on low and moderate-income communities, brownfield sites, and public housing redevelopment. Chris is recognized for strength across data, infrastructure, economic and social realms, design, and an absolute commitment to implementation.


Amanda Rhein is a seasoned real estate professional with extensive experience facilitating public private partnerships and community development. She most recently served as the Senior Director of TOD and Real Estate with MARTA where she worked to create transit-oriented communities that connect people to opportunities, drive sustainable community development and promote regional prosperity. Previously she spent ten years at Invest Atlanta attracting investment to Atlanta’s most underserved communities.


Dawveed Scully is an Associate Director and Senior Urban Designer at SOM Chicago. Trained as an architect and urbanist, Dawveed is passionate about using strong design as a tool to enhance the lives of everyday people. He has experience working on a variety of projects from visioning and creating future frameworks, to developing implementation strategies that allow these visions to be realized. He facilitates robust collaboration between stakeholders and local government and empowers citizens in the design process via thoughtful community empowerment processes. Dawveed's portfolio includes the Detroit East Riverfront Framework Plan, the Atlanta University Center Master Plan and the Bronzeville Lakefront.

Dawveed is a graduate of IIT School of Architecture and was recently awarded the ULI Chicago Young Visionary Award in 2018 and Chicago Crain's Business 40 Under 40 in 2020. He was named to Mayor-elect Lightfoot’s transition committee on Business, Economic, and Neighborhood Development in 2019.


Brad the Chief Strategist at Place Strategies and the Chair of Community Design Fort Worth. He is known for leading innovative program management, urban design and planning for public and private clients. He specializes in form-based and hybrid zoning codes, small area plans, TND, TOD, mixed-income, mixed-use and economic/return-on-investment strategies.


About Urban Design Talks

CDFW Urban Design Talks are monthly chats for the community to learn, converse and grow in all things urban design. Talks will cover a broad list of topics including tiny homes, water & design, food deserts, the history of housing in Fort Worth, and so much more!

About Community Design Fort Worth

Community Design Fort Worth is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance the quality of life in Fort Worth communities by:

  • Serving as a resource for design and planning assistance
  • Engaging the public in dialogue about key issues and opportunities
  • Undertaking long-term visioning in anticipation of future challenges


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Fort Worth, TX 76147


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