Hosted by Susan Grove

Working on affordable housing early in her career in the Bay area where there is a big need put Emily in close contact with the way development decisions are often dictated by parking requirements. The question of how many units to build was less influenced by the scale of the need and more by how much space was available after parking requirements were met. The close relationship between land use and transportation led her to a focus on transportation in her graduate studies and then in her work as a planner for the past 15 years. How the built environment is designed affects our daily lives in tangible ways. Believing that how we choose to move about the world, especially if we choose “alternative” ways of doing so, shouldn’t be the struggle that it is, Emily works to create conditions for biking and walking to be easier in the future. Caring about people and a commitment to justice can lead to communities that support people of all backgrounds and economic levels in having a dignified place to live and in being able to move about safely and comfortably. 

Throughout this conversation, we touch on the idea of hope as an inner orientation that supports our engagement and as an outer sign that change is possible when we notice the energy and efforts of others or things improve visibly and on working in smaller places where it’s easier perhaps to be part of making something happen and to know and be known by others who live nearby. Emily wraps it up with encouragement to get involved - in your local Planning Board or with an affordable housing organization like Hudson River Housing - and by reflecting on the importance of “Telling Stories” before we listen to that Tracy Chapman song.

Emily Dozier is a Senior Planner with the Dutchess County Transportation Council, which is housed in the County Planning Department. Her work focuses on helping communities improve access for walking and bicycling, and creating safer and more complete streets. Prior to moving to Poughkeepsie in 2008, she lived in Oakland, California and worked in transportation, traffic safety, and affordable housing. She also currently serves as Board President for Hudson River Housing, a Poughkeepsie-based non-profit housing and community development organization. She is a native of Seattle, WA.