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Amanda Popken

"My life is deeply rooted in triple-bottom-line sustainability. I live in a historic Bungalow near downtown Dallas, have chickens, and bike everywhere I can. I think the most beautiful experiences in life revolve around great places and great people. I'm an urban planner, placemaker, incremental urbanist, writer, speaker, community organizer, and economic development specialist. I'm always doing some crazy DIY house project and I'm a bit of a jack of all trades." 



Email

amanda@cultivatecollaborative.org

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Registrations & affiliations

Congress for the New Urbanism

STRENGTHSFINDER TOP 5

Futurist, Activator, Connectedness, Strategic, Achiever

Bio

Amanda specializes in incremental urbanism, integrating a toolbox of place-based planning strategies with marketing and design services. She spends most of her time working with communities to make places people love—where individuals feel personally invested, where timeless design & simplicity welcome a diversity of visitors.

Amanda’s projects revolve around creating real value and place-based, organic economic growth through public space demonstrations, popup retail, concerts, markets, district revitalization charettes, pedestrian and cycling events and infrastructure, entrepreneur cultivation, and Tax Increment Finance & Business/Public Improvement Districts.

Outside of the office, Amanda plans community events with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, to inspire more people to ride bikes as transportation and advocate for more bike-friendly infrastructure in Dallas. She also writes for candysdirt.com, a luxury real estate blog, covering new urbanism and development-related topics in Oak Cliff and Uptown neighborhoods of Dallas. 

Amanda is a LEED-Accredited Professional with a MA in City and Regional Planning emphasis in Environmental Sustainability from University of Texas in Arlington.

Career highlights

  • Keynote speaker at Keep Texas Beautiful 2016 conference
  • Received the Greater Dallas Planning Council’s 2016 Urban Pioneer Award
  • Nominated for the Urban Land Institute of North Texas’s 2015 Big Idea Award
  • Received 3 web design and media awards for the City of Dallas Economic Development website
  • Greater DFW Recycling Alliance 2008 Environmental Leadership Award