Dr. Scott Crawford discusses Livable Cities
The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Crawford of Livable Cities. 
 
 
The Invocation was given by David Raddin, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Van Jones and Janet Scott led the Four Way Test.  Visiting Rotarians and guests were greeted warmly by Mike Pepper.
 
 
Seated at the head table included Johnny Donaldson of Bank Plus, Jane Alexander of Community Foundation of Mississippi, Hank Holman of Prudential Commercial Real Estate and Willie Jones of Dependable Source Corp of Mississippi, who introduced our speaker Dr. Scott Crawford.
 
 
Tommy Shepherd presented a Resolution for Bob Lowrance, a Rotary Club of Jackson member for 63 years.  The Resolution will be sent separately.  Both his son, Rob and daughter, Stacey were in attendance for the reading of the Resolution.
 
 
Mark Saxon presented opportunities for engagement for the RCJ, both with the World Polio Day Celebration October 24th and the Polio Plus 5k on October 19th.  All members of the RCJ are encouraged to attend the World Polio Day at no cost.  The celebration is being held at St. Dominic’s (flyer attached).  Additionally, member are encouraged to help with the 5k by volunteering at the race or by donating food items such as bagels, granola bars, cookies, and cupcakes (flyer/sign-up sheet attached).  Please contact Mark Saxon or myself if you are able to help.  It takes effort from everyone to create events that generate interest and participation.  Please consider donating or volunteering.
 
 
Kathy Hackshaw and her husband Robert will be hosting a Fall Soiree at her home on October 29th.  The festivities will begin at 5pm and run until 7pm.  Please dress in Fall spirited attire (costumes are encouraged, but not required).  The address is 7 Dogwood Lane, Brandon, MS.  You are encouraged to bring your spouse and any guests that might be interested in Rotary.  This is an evening of fun and fellowship.
 
 
Willie Jones introduced our speaker, Dr. Scott Crawford.  He was raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi and a graduate of Millsaps College.  He went on to receive his Master’s and Ph.D. from University of Southern Mississippi in Clinical Psychology and went to Miami for Post-Doctoral Training.
 Dr. Scott Crawford began his discussion by defining Livable Cities as cities where it is not necessary to own a vehicle in order to function within the city.  Dr. Crawford, working with Working Together Jackson, is focusing on the efforts to rebuild metro Jackson and aiming to improve the living conditions for all residence, not only the temporarily abled citizens. 
 
Working Together Jackson Broad-based group of faith-based organizations, non-profits, and individuals that crosses boundaries to rebuild the Jackson Metro Area.  WTJ are political but NON-Partisan.  They do so by creating the power to act, through organizing people and organizing money.
 
 
As efforts to rebuild Jackson continue, the goal is to increase:  Accessible-Affordable-Integrated Housing, Universal Design, welcoming to people of all backgrounds, abilities and income levels and don’t necessarily need a car to live – Transit Oriented Development with Rent Controls.
 
 
According to Dr. Crawford, in order to develop Livable Cities, we must consider building using Universal Design standards, connect existing housing to transit (complete streets, Electric BRT versus Light Rail, Plus Neighborhood Circulators), Target NEW housing along transit corridors and ensure some rent-controlled and lower-income units in all developments.  In order to do this, it takes a lot of cooperation and financial incentives.
 
 
For more information please contact Dr. Crawford at crawford-scott@att.net , home: 601-368-3088 or you may contact Working Together Jackson.