Outbound Project in Turkey: Celeste Gilman and Ali Onuralp Unal

Written by Celeste Gilman, Deputy Director, WSDOT Regional Transit Coordination

Time keeps marching on since my incredible two week trip to Ankara, Turkey in October 2019. These reflections on my trip are more than overdue. I think I have struggled to put into words the profound impact of my experience, for myself and (I hope) those who I met. The people, places, sights, sounds, and tastes are etched into my memory and I think of them almost every day, even as so much in the world has changed over the past few months.

Workshop for municipal staff
Workshop for municipal staff

My story starts in May of 2019 when I was given the opportunity to host Ali Onuralp Ünal, Ankara’s Director of International Projects. He came to Seattle for one month to learn about sustainable transportation, particularly bicycle transportation. Before my boss approached me, I had never heard of the American Councils for International Education or their programs. I was delighted to learn of their work and thrilled to be able to facilitate the sharing of expertise and experiences to help Ankara shift its transportation system in a direction that will improve people’s lives and reduce their contributions to the climate crisis.

Five months later, I traveled for 24 hours across 10 time zones to be an honored guest of the municipality of Ankara. On my first day there, I met with Mayor Mansur Yavas. Mayor Yavas was crystal clear about the importance of putting people first in the transportation system. The enthusiasm and sense of common enterprise of his team was palpable and infectious. Everywhere I went, people expressed their frustration with the car-dominated legacy of the past. The experience of being in Ankara in October 2019, just six months into Mayor Yavas’ first term, was like being in a drought-stricken meadow after the rains had returned and life was rebounding with a staggering vigor. The openness to change, hopefulness, and enthusiasm was impressive.

Visiting the Ankara Technopark
Visiting the Ankara Technopark

My hosts arranged a packed schedule of meetings and presentations. I met with members of parliament, advisors to President Erdogan, the head of the air quality management department, emerging businesses in their Technopark business incubator, non-profit staff, university professors, and many others. I presented at METU and Ankara universities and for city planning and architecture/engineering professional associations. I conducted a day-long workshop for 20 municipal transportation professionals and met with staff from the US Embassy in Ankara. The information I shared distilled more than two decades of my learning, working, andliving sustainable transportation into an hour-long conceptual toolkit that was simple enough to translate across languages. The majority of my presentations and meetings were in Turkish. I had an incredible translator, Timur Tikriti, and we quickly developed a strong partnership.

While this was a work intensive trip and they fully utilized the opportunity of my being in Ankara, hospitality and culture were a defining theme of my trip. I had a whole hosting team. Isa Coskun was my home base and guide extraordinaire. He not only made sure all the logistics were in order for the day’s work, he spent evening after evening showing off the arts, culture, history, and cuisine of Ankara. Ali Onuralp Ünal and his wife also treated us to the opera to see Aida. Mevlude Sahillioglu is the amazing local coordinator of the American Councils for International Education and ensured everything was orchestrated flawlessly and connected me with past fellows and many others. One memorable night we had dinner with a whole group of PFP fellows. I was highly impressed by the accomplishments, thoughtfulness, initiative, and diversity of backgrounds and interests of that illustrious group of young professionals. My husband was able to travel with me on my trip and Mevlude helped connect him with people working in his field of immigration. We joked that he was having his own outbound trip at the same time.

Dropping in on ney lessons
Dropping in on ney lessons

For me professionally, it was incredibly rewarding to be able to share my expertise with such enthusiastic audiences in a place that is hopefully at the outset of a profound transformation. The municipality of Ankara has recently begun construction on its first 54 kilometers of protected bicycle paths to connect seven of the city’s universities and two of the largest industrial areas with their closest Metro stops. The bicycle has been hugely neglected as a mode of transportation in Ankara, and this infrastructure will start to change that. This new investment in bicycling could not be better timed, as cities around the world turn to the bicycle as a safe and sustainable urban transportation solution in times of pandemic and climate crisis. The city also has a highly utilized public transportation system and retains much of its pedestrian oriented form (even if people are too often marginalized by both moving and unoccupied vehicles). An important part of the foundation of sustainable transportation is recognizing, preserving, and building upon the best transportation facilities and services a city already has, and I brought an outsider’s view to help the people of Ankara appreciate the existing strengths of their transportation system.

Towards the end of my visit, we met with staff at the American Embassy. I greatly appreciate their support and enthusiasm. They spoke of the potential for future grants and organizational assistance for continued collaboration. Their support of the municipality’s work is wonderful to see and I would be delighted to continue my involvement as well.

I look forward to someday returning to Ankara to drink tea with my friends and to tour the city by bicycle with my family. Tesekkur ederim to Ali Onuralp Ünal, Isa Coskun, Timur Tikriti, Mevlude Sahillioglu, Demet Hüsrevoğlu, Davron Mirsagatov and Viktorija Sapundzi at the American Councils, the American Embassy, and all the amazing people of Ankara I met on my extraordinary trip.

Turkish coffee and tea at METU university with friends
Turkish coffee and tea at METU university

 

 

 

Alumni Highlight: Reuniting with Denver Fellowship hosts and Tackling the U.S. Bar Exam

Written by Ketevan Vashakidze, PFP Spring 2018 Alumna from GeorgiaLawyer at the Prosecutor General’s Office of Georgia, Human Rights Division

I am very happy that I managed to visit United States in February 2020, before the Covid -19 pandemic broke out. I had two reasons to go back.

First, I took the Washington DC Jurisdiction Bar exam. A lawyer needs to pass this exam in order to be allowed to practice law in the United States. I successfully passed it and this achievement significantly extends my professional capacity. I will try to make the most of this opportunity and have a larger impact with my work.

Second, after taking the bar exam, I went to Colorado to visit my PFP Spring 2018 host organization – Colorado Department of Public Safety Division of Criminal Justice.

With Colorado Public Safety Department Criminal Justice Division Staff
With Colorado Public Safety Department Criminal Justice Division Staff

I was also looking forward to see my host family: Joe Thome, Cynthia Huerta -Thome and our new family member the Golden Retriever Oscar. The reunion in the Denver airport was emotional. Even though, my life is full of adventures and joy, I have not been that happy very often. It felt like returning home. The fact is, my host family has really become my second family.

 

Host family
With my Host family

Over these two years my host organization Colorado Department of Public Safety has become a strong professional ally, meeting my colleagues was exciting as well. Some of them have been promoted to higher positions, some retired, while others have stayed in their previous occupations. They invited me to attend Colorado Criminal Justice Forum, where 500 stakeholders gathered to plan ways to adopt best Criminal Justice practices, as long as Colorado Justice System has fair ambition to be prominent and highly responsive to contemporary challenges. I had a chance to meet prosecutors, defence counsels, legislators, community representatives, the governor, and many other specialists involved in justice reform. We were all happy to share our stories, exchange our experiences and plan future activities.

I want to thank the American Councils team, PFP program team, Colorado Public Safety Department, my mentor Meg Handel Williams, and my host family Cynthia and Joe  for giving me the opportunity, and supporting and inspiring me to work with my United States colleagues who remain my reliable contacts when it comes to professional advice and support.

With Colorado Senator Pete Lee
With Colorado Senator Pete Lee

Furthering the Fellowship: Public Transportation Project in Ankara

Ali Onuralp Unal, Spring 2019 Fellow from Turkey 

Coordinator of Projects Department of Ankara Municipality

US Foreign Ministry

After the Professional Fellowship program in 2019, Ali Onuralp Unal returned home to Turkey and began working on major projects in the transportation field. While working as a fellow at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Unal contributed to the establishment of bicycle infrastructure under the leadership of Celeste Gilman and Roger Miller. After this experience, he brought new ideas to the Ankara city bike path Project, implemented in 2020. Celeste Gilman, supervisor of Unal in WSDOT, visited Turkey for a bike infrastructure Project in this year.

In addition, Unal worked on improving the public transport system in Ankara. He works closely with United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and suggested an optimisation system Project idea to USTDA. Apart from the established methods, this idea was very different to optimise public transport. Ankara Public Transport Authority will increase the capacity of public transport lines, bus stops, drivers and busses thanks to this optimisation Project.

The project plans to implement analytical modelings and integrations, taking into account population density and mobility to calculate the mobile application. After the Project, it is estimated that public transport efficiency will increase 10% in Ankara. USTDA and Ankara Metropolitan Municipality signed a 1.25 million dollar grant to fund these efforts, and the American company SAS also contributed 1.25 million dollars, totalling 2.5 million dollars for this project to date.

Of his experience in the Professional Fellows Program, Mr. Unal said;

“I applied to the PFP program in 2019 and was selected as a fellow. America experience was unforgettable for me. We had very good memories with my team there. After leaving the US, they published a very good article with my name on the official institution blogs. They explained our work in detail. The important thing was to bring the good practices to my country. This project isone of the results of PFP. As a Turkish citizen, I am happy to serve my country. The Professional Fellowship program has been an important milestone in my life. I recommend this unbelievable program to every Professional. I thank the American Councils and its valuable staff. “

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Enduring Impacts of the Professional Fellows Program

Written by Ion Schidu, Spring 2018 Fellow from Moldova

Following my participation as a Spring 2018 PFP Fellow with the the City of Boston Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities, I was able to implement reciprocal project in Chisinau, Moldova.  In partnership with an NGO in Chisinau for people with disabilities, Centre for the Rights of People with Disabilities (CDPD), led by an IVLP alum (Vitalie Mester), our PFP reciprocal project focused on facilitating the creation of a permanent mechanism of engagement of the local city hall with the people with disabilities, similar to that of the Boston Disability Commission. During the project,  Jessica Doonan, the Chief of Staff of the Boston Disability Commission travelled to Moldova and  participated in a series of public events with the representatives of Chisinau city hall and organizations of people with disabilities in order to exchange best practices and to eventually support the configuration of  a similar mechanism within the Chisinau city hall.

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Ms. Jessica Donnan meeting with the Vice Mayor and the heads of departments and City agencies

As a consequence of these events and other advocacy work done by local NGOs, at the beginning of 2019, the mayor of Chisinau appointed an adviser on accessibility and established a Consultative Council for people with disabilities. Additionally, the mayor agreed to resume implementation of the two-year action plan on accessibility of Chisinau, agreed upon by organizations of people with disabilities and the former mayor. In order to research ways in which we could improve the current configuration and function of engagement with the Chisinau city hall, I began a policy fellowship at Open Society Foundation Moldova.

In December 2019, after continued advocacy and engagement, our group shared the preliminary findings of the policy paper with the representatives of the organizations of people with disabilities, Open Society Foundations and the newly appointed vice mayor agreed to take further steps for strengthen the commitments of the city hall in regards to the accessibility needs of people with disabilities from Chisinau, including: adopting the necessary normative framework in order to ensure the efficient functioning of the Accessibility adviser; consolidating the Consultative council; and organizing regular meetings with the extended community of people with disabilities from Chisinau.

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Ms. Jessica Doonan, PFP Alumni and the staff of CDPD wearing the t-shirts and caps of the campaign “Chisinau – accessible for everyone”

Recently, a network of organizations of people with disabilities met the newly appointed decision-makers from the Chisinau city hall in order to discuss the needs of the community and the ways in which the local administration plans to mainstream accessibility needs in its work. Along with confirming its intent to strengthen the engagement mechanism that the civil society organizations (and the Professional Fellows Program) have contributed to, the city hall will initiate drafting an action plan for accessibility of Chisinau, with the participation of organizations of people with disabilities. 

Similar processes of mobilization for the empowerment of people with disabilities are currently taking place in other regions of the country. Baltsi – the second largest city in the country – is one of the examples where a PFP fellow with the support of the U.S. Embassy, is leading in consolidating the community of people with disabilities for participation, inspired by the experience from Chisinau. We had a similar vision for projects in other two cities in the country where there are PFP/USG alumni.

Even though there is still much work ahead, it’s quite exciting to see the outcomes so far!

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How Openness to New Experiences and People Enriches Your Life

Written by Liliia Maliarchuk, Fall 2019 Professional Fellow from Ukraine

One of the great sources of motivation for my participation in the Professional Fellows Program was the possibility of living with an American family during my fellowship. As people are the main source of inspiration for me when traveling to other countries. I always want to engage in conversation with local people, get to know them, their values, stories, perspectives and to learn from their experiences. This always gives me a better understanding of a new country, its culture, history, aspirations for the future. In a very powerful way, it enriches me personally and makes the journey very memorable and inspirational.

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Receiving the first letter from my host family from Newton which is in Massachusetts, I felt that it was a perfect match for me. I was even happier after arriving and having our first dinner together. I had my first weekend with the family even before seeing the other important part of the PFP – work placement – and I was already 100 % certain that my stay in the US would be very meaningful, fulfilling, and satisfying.

My hosts, Suzanne and Bill (and their two cats – Boris and Blue cat), warmly welcomed me into their family. Every day we had unforgettable dinners with meals from every corner of the world, as Suzanne loves to cook. Almost every day, I eat dishes I have never tried before in a very inspirational atmosphere with great music, candles and inspiring conversations that enrich my life with new perspectives and experiences.

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To my surprise, my host family had a connection to Ukraine, as Suzanne’s first husband was Ukrainian, but was born outside of Ukraine during the Second World War. Even though he has never lived in Ukraine, he and his family kept Ukrainian traditions and family legacy over the years and Ukraine has been an important part of their family story. The garden has many beautiful flowers among which are flowers that grew from seeds family brought from Ukraine when escaping the war. The seeds traveled through many countries and continents and found  new home in Suzanne’s house in Newton.

My Professional Fellows experience is great and a big part of this is due to my host family and the people I met here. They keep their hearts and minds open, and their perspectives contribute a lot to creating a personal change in every person in their lives. I have enjoyed every minute with my family and now I am strongly committed to introducing sports, dances and even more books into my life, no matter how busy it will be.

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Outbound Project in Moldova: Justice Sabrina McKenna and Vasile Vasiliev

Written by Justice Sabrina McKenna, Hawaii Supreme Court

 

At the invitation of PFP Fellow Vasile Vasiliev, who was with our court in May of this year, I was privileged to visit Chisinau, Moldova in October 2019 as an Outbound Fellow.  The purpose of my trip was not only to discuss the importance of an independent and ethical judiciary to a democracy and to economic development, but also to have Moldova see an example of a LGBT leader in public service, especially in the judiciary.

During my visit to Moldova, I met with LGBT and women’s groups, including UN Women of Moldova.  In addition, I had several one engagements with members of Moldovan judiciary which is extremely important in supporting Moldovan independence and Governance.

I spoke at the National Judicial Institute and State University’s Law Department regarding the topics of Judicial Independence and Ethics, which are necessary components of the Rule of Law.  I was also able to speak to many young people at the America House regarding Empowering Women Through The Law.  Preparing for my talks, however, allowed me to focus on the Rule of Law requirement that judiciaries be diverse and reflect the communities they serve.  I was therefore able to bring in diversity issues to my talks, and now plan to discuss this aspect of the Rule of Law within the United States as well.  I left Moldova with cautious optimism that the youth of Moldova will help guide the country to democratic ideals and economic development.

Breaking Stereotypes and Discovering Little Rock

written by Liliia Kurii, Spring 2019 Fellow from Ukraine

Four weeks in Arkansas was a mosaic of vivid places, events and important meetings. Toni Carr and Global Ties Arkansas made this experience really unforgettable doing their best to show us every corner of this amazing state with abundant nature and wildlife. I was especially lucky to have her as a host mother, as her house is always open for people from all over the world.

Arkansas Capital Corporation – a place of my fellowship amazed me by it’s supportive corporate culture and by multiple opportunities they offer for businesses. People here are recognized and contribution of everyone is appreciated. Nobody concentrates on mistakes but are supportive enough to concentrate on people’s successes. It is believed that a small word of encouragement can make a world better.

CEOs want to know all the ideas which their staff have. They accept all the ideas. No opinion is denied. During my fellowship some of the most common stereotypes I used to know about Americans were broken:

Many American families are traditional. Number of family members are engaged with church activities. Church communities are really strong in the US, they organize festivals, raise money for charities, help homeless, do a lot of volunteering work. Americans really care about their grandchildren, they spend time with them, try not to miss their baseball games and graduation parties. They celebrate holidays and spend vacations together. Some even pay for their grandchildren school and college education.

American Art and museums by no aspects concede to European ones. The art in museums and orchestra performances I was lucky to view is the high-level art.

People who want to try themselves in business have their right for failure. They learn from failures. Common value is: ”Nobody is perfect. You can try, then try again, then fail, and then succeed.”

UA Liliia Kurii

During my Professional Fellows Program, I learned much about leaders who are not heroes but hosts. In Arkansas I had a chance to meet three humble and inclusive leaders who became the best examples of contemporary leadership for me. The first is Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson whom I was lucky to accompany to the Rural Development Conference in Hot Springs. It was an amazing  experience watching how a head of the state was preparing his speech to make it really impactful. He put every small farmer in it and voiced their every urgent need. He was very close to people and it was in his art to make every community member so important. Governor’s staff told me that they enjoy so much working with him, that they put themselves wholly into their everyday job.

The second leader I was honored to shadow is CEO of Arkansas Capital Corporation – Rush Deacon. He is a strong visionary convincing his staff that their success is not about how competitive they are – it’s about how relevant they are meeting community needs. Rush Deacon is a high level professional, a unique personality who sees people, understands their needs, knows how to put them into teams for achieving the best results. He appreciates his colleagues opinion and takes it into account when making decisions. Rush is one of the leaders who cherish difference, embrace disruption, and foster a speak-up culture.

Toni Carr is another passionate leader who puts all her wisdom and patience into making Arkansas open and hospitable place for every traveler who passes by. She creates a place which is really inclusive for people of different backgrounds and nationalities. By maintaining the atmosphere of communication and support it is in her power to make this experience really unforgettable for us – the Arkansas Travelers.

UA Liliia and Mi Kyu with Toni and Jim Carr

No doubt, this time made a significant shift in my personality towards open-mindedness, new vision, and leadership.

DC Small Business Week

written by Olena Yatskivska, Spring 2019 PFP Fellow from Ukraine

For more than 50 years, the President of the United States issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners to the strength of the American economy.

For District of Columbia it is one of the most important event. In Washington DC, small business represent 92.3 percent of all employers and employ 46.9 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small business – big impact.

During first weeks of my fellowship with DC Chamber of Commerce I had an apt opportunity to explore Small Business Week from inside. DC Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of all businesses in the District of Columbia. DC Chamber provides invaluable tools to help businesses develop, and it leverages relationships with key contacts in the DC Council and the Federal government to improve the business climate and attract new businesses to the District. The DC Chamber organizes numerous major events that provide a rare opportunity for companies to engage with business leaders, key policymakers to develop own business and to harmonize relationships.

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The first event I attended was 4th Annual PowerUp DC, A National Small Business Week Forum at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade center, May 7, 2019. Together with my supervisor we hosted our expo table.  I took part in the workshop “Moving in the right direction: how to start your business” and after we had a lunch with business panels and the speed business coaching. All workshops usually hold Q&A session for business representatives organized by moderator. As a result you receive a firsthand information, create a trust to business and connect with consumers. I was impressed by professionalism and the ways how they build networks. In the evening DC Chamber organized National Small Business Week Kick-Off Reception at Tony&Joes Seafood place. It’s like a corporative event or exclusive business networking to engage new business members and build relationships in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, I presented a presentation about Ukraine and my native town Radomyshl to all staff of DC Chamber. The main purpose of my presentation was to tell more about advantages and positive changes in the Ukraine, to show that we are thankful for ongoing American support (according to official information of Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine the major donor in 2018 for Ukraine was the USA – more than 2 billion dollars (124 projects)) and we are open to communication and cooperation (ongoing decentralization reform makes Ukraine more democratic, transparent, and development).

What is more I’m proud of is that I helped to prepare for a big event – 2019 DC Chamber Small Business and Economic Development Summit (May 10, 2019). To be exact I was responsible for organizing workshop Access to Capital (email and phone communication with 10 banks). In total we organized 6 different interesting workshops. After plenary session and breakout workshops was held awards luncheon. Each year the DC Chamber of Commerce honors the success of small businesses who have contributed to the business and economic growth of community. This year the award categories were: Small Business of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business Champion of the Year and Women in Business Champion of the Year. During lunch the President and Chief Executive Officer of the DC Chamber Vincent Orange introduced me to the audience, thanked for my work with helping to organize this event. This was unexpected. It was the most memorable moment. It is very important when your work is appreciated.

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I’m very pleased to work with the DC Chamber of Commerce. They are doing a really good job. They are innovative, open minded, creative and very active. They gave me examples of how to cooperate and how to build networks of professionals.

I think the President and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce have organized the best in the culture of business and this gives an opportunity to me to disseminate knowledge on economic development, innovation, and small business. I will learn and will follow the style of the DC Chamber of Commerce.

The Inclusive Community

written by Anastasia Para, Spring 2019 Fellow from Moldova

The most exciting and wonderful aspect of my experience in the PFP was to “feel on my skin” the true inclusive community spirit. Diversity is the key word for American society, and this makes it possible for anyone to become an active and full member. I had the opportunity to visit specialized institutions, centers, and programs for people with disabilities. All those services and settings have the same final goal – to create as many opportunities as possible for the people with disabilities (and particularly people with autism) to be part of society and to live a full life.

I learned a lot of useful and applicative technics during the program. With a particular emphasis on building a less restrictive environment for people with disabilities and increasing their independence, namely:

  • the job shadowing programs in St. Coletta of Greater Washington for people with autism, and the cooperation with potential employers;
  • the inclusive education program developed by Virginia Institute of Autism in public schools;
  • the Caregiver Skills Training developed by Autism Speaks and the World Health Organization and implemented in 30 countries around the world with middle and low income.

I will be able to apply all this and many other knowledge in Moldova as a parent of an autistic child and head of a local NGO. This experience also influenced my personal attitude and understanding of the topic of autism. I learned about the support groups for parents of children diagnosed with autism and their role for the autistic community. This led me to the idea of creating a similar practice in Moldova and creating a link between parents with similar problems and fears to help them improve the quality of life of their children and their families.

In conclusion, the PFP experience represents for me not only a professional program, but also a chain of invaluable human resources, of which I am a part now and of which I am very proud.

MD Anastasia Para St. Coletta

First Insights in Chicago: Transportation and Citizen Engagement

Written by Denys Moliaka, Spring 2019 PFP Fellow from Ukraine

Friday (April 26) started with meeting colleagues at the Metropolitan Planning UA and AZ Denys and Nurana and Science MuseumCouncil, after which the supervisor of the department took me to the meeting of the Chicago Regional Transport Committee at Willis Tower held by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Most of the reports were devoted to the budget expenditures for transportation, particularly the construction of toll roads. I was interested in the presentation of the Public Engagement Plan. Attendees were convinced that the success of achieving strategic goals depends on community support and coordination of all stakeholders (employees, NGOs, businesses, local residents).

On Saturday (April 27), I attended the Citizen’s Climate Lobby presentation on climate change and the organization’s actions to prevent the warming of the atmosphere. The event was held in the local library. It was pleasant to see how local libraries look and work. They are the place for community gathering, comfortable, equipped with modern computers and literature. There were many people and it was impressive. I wish libraries in Ukraine were as good and popular.

ua-denys-moliaka-with-host-father.jpgOn Monday (April 29), I visited the Transportation Committee of the State Senate of Illinois. Different representatives testified on raising the tax on fuel, the importance of developing a multimodal transport system as opposed to car-centered, wear-out of transport infrastructure and the need for a more balanced and pragmatic approach to financing transport projects. After work, I attended a lecture on the history of urban planning in Chicago. The lecture was held in a public library and there were many people. After the lecture we had a dinner with local urbanists, architects and bicycle activists.

On Tuesday (April 30), my host father and I attended a meeting at Chicago City Hall, Bureau of Zoning and Land Use. A local community of my host-father’s neighborhood wants to prevent multi-story development in the area as it has happened in other districts. They discussed with the officials how to use legal instruments such as zoning to save existing houses from demolishing. In the evening there was a welcome party for all PFP fellows based in Chicago, their host parents and organizations.  We had a great opportunity to meet new people and share our experiences. The atmosphere was nice, warm and welcoming. It was a very pleasant evening.  World Chicago and their colleagues did a great job.

UA Denys Moliaka at Chicago Sunset