Today's my birthday, so I hope you'll indulge me in talking a little about myself and my life outside the blog.
Two years ago, I moved to Philadelphia to attend planning school. And next month, I plan to come back to the D.C. area to become an urban designer – for lack of a better term, someone who's responsible for designing the spaces between the buildings. Why do I want to be an urban designer? Because of Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring and the mark it left on me.
A great public space is the backbone of a community, a place where people can come to hang out, to gather, to celebrate and protest. And though I've visited and learned about great public spaces all over the world, I keep returning to Ellsworth.
I'm always blown away by how diverse the crowds are. I've brought my friends from out of town here and tell them about what's takes place on Ellsworth during a normal day: men playing soccer, appearances from Hare Krishnas, even political protests. Ellsworth isn't perfect. The architecture could be better, and micromanagement of the space by both Peterson and the County makes it hard for it to reach its full potential. But this street has become a model for suburban communities around the country. More importantly, it's become the heart of Silver Spring and East County.
I'd like to spend my career creating more places like Ellsworth Drive, in cities, towns and suburbs throughout North America and maybe even the world. But first, I've got to start looking for work. That's why I'm reaching out to the readers of this blog.
I've got a passion for placemaking, an educational background in architecture and city planning, and work experience in local government and public outreach. I know how to craft spaces, but also how to craft the story around it and present it to the public. If you or someone you know is looking for someone with those qualities in your organization, I'd love to talk to you. I can be reached by email at reeddbk at gmail dot com.
I write about what I love, and I hope I can turn it into a profession. And hey, it worked once before.
I invite you to visit my LinkedIn and take a look at my resume and portfolio, which includes work from college and graduate school, along with a couple of freelance projects I've done. As always, thanks for reading. I'll let you know how my search turns out, and I look forward to moving back to the D.C. area in a few months to begin a new chapter of my life.