8 80 Cities Immersion Program

Public Spaces to Great Places Summit

What if everything we did in our public spaces was great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old? How can Tallahassee’s public spaces become truly great places for all ages?

Join us in exploring these questions through a free series of keynote lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and community events featuring internationally renowned urbanist Gil Penalosa (Founder and Chair of 8 80 Cities).

October 1-5, 2018

Notable Events

Monday, October 1: Leon County Lecture Series with Gil Penalosa: “Lessons from Bogota and Beyond
Location: Fifth & Thomas (1122 Thomasville Road), 7:00 PM • Additional information and RSVP here.

Tuesday, October 2: Breakfast with Gil Penalosa & the PLACE Committees: “We Are All City Builders
Location: TCC Center for Innovation (300 West Pensacola Street), 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM • Additional information and RSVP here.

Tuesday, October 2: Community Meeting & Workshop: “Creating Great Places for Orange Avenue” Food, conversations about the future of two Orange Avenue public spaces, and a presentation by Gil Penalosa on creating great places.
Location: Bethel A.M.E. Church (501 West Orange Avenue), Meeting begins at 5:30 PM, with the presentation at 6:15 PM • Additional information and RSVP here.

Wednesday, October 3: Lecture & Discussion: “Global Lessons for Creating Truly Great Cities
Location: Florida State University, Bellamy Building Room 021 (113 Collegiate Loop), 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 4: WFSU Perspectives with Gil Penalosa: Listen in on WFSU 88.9 FM From 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Friday, October 5: Donuts and Development with Gil Penalosa
Location: Tallahassee Board of Realtors, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM • Additional information and RSVP here.

Contact Megan Doherty at Megan.Doherty@BlueprintIA.org for more information.


Keynote Speaker

Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He has inspired and advised decision makers in more than 200 cities around the world on how to create healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities for everyone regardless of age, gender, or social status. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, taking public transit, and new uses of cars.

Gil is the Founder of 8 80 Cities. After many years running the organization as Executive Director he now serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. Gil is also President and CEO of his own consulting firm – Gil Penalosa & Associates where he offers the three services (keynotes, workshops, strategic advising) based on his unique set of skills and experiences. GP&A and 8 80 Cities have worked closely together on a number of projects that combine the strengths of the two organizations.


About 8 80 Cities

8 80 Cities is a non-profit urban planning organization based in Toronto, Canada that uses playful, unconventional engagement methods to get people informed, engaged, and excited about improving sustainable mobility and public space in their cities. Their organization’s name is rooted in a simple philosophy; if you build a city that’s great for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, it will be great for everyone.

8 80 Cities is generously support by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Gateway District: Southwest Access Plan

Gateway District: Southwest Access Plan

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Pedestrian Trail and Bridge Capital Cascades Crossing and Trail Segment 3

Gateway District: Southwest Access Plan

Magnolia Drive Multi-Use Trail

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Capital Circle


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Northeast Gateway

Capital Cascades Crossing Trail and Bridge

Capital Cascades Crossing Trail and Bridge

Orange/Meridian Placemaking

Orange/Meridian Placemaking

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