Charlie Santo, Memphis, TN

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Memphis

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Charlie Santo is the chair of the UofM Department of City & Regional Planning, where he has been teaching since 2005. Charlie earned a BA in Politics from Washington and Lee University, a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University. He is the recipient of the UofM Distinguished Research Award for Engaged Scholarship. Charlie teaches courses on urban economic analysis, public finance, and planning research methods. He is the co-editor of Sport and Public Policy: Social, Economic, and Political Perspectives and the author of multiple articles on public investment and urban revitalization. Charlie was principal planner for neighborhood preservation with the City of Richmond, Virginia, where he coordinated the Neighborhoods in Bloom program. His work on art-based community development in the Soulsville neighborhood has been internationally recognized and generated substantial investment by ArtPlace and the Kresge Foundation.

  • Community organizing / civic engagement

  • Advocacy

  • CDCs/ CDFIs

  • Urban design

  • Tactical urbanism

  • Activating vacant lots / vacant spaces


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