Amanda Popken is a placemaker, community engagement strategist, economic development specialist, and city planner. Amanda focuses on community engagement and the form of our built environment.
She is the CEO of Amanda Popken Development, which formed in 2016 to align a toolbox of urban planning and economic development strategies with marketing services, and a focus on triple-bottom-line sustainability.
Her firm primarily orchestrates placemaking events that redesign public space and engage local creatives and entrepreneurs to contribute the details that give a place character. They identify opportunities for incremental urbanism while promoting, inspiring, teaching & engaging communities to grow their own social capital and create sustainable wealth.
Amanda's toolbox specialties include incremental and tactical urbanism, popup retail, public space activation, neighborhood strategic planning, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure best practices, partnership planning, local entrepreneur cultivation, Tax Increment Finance Districts, and Business and Public Improvement Districts.
Outside of the office, Amanda is active on the Boards of North Central Texas Congress for the New Urbanism, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and the Trinity Commons Foundation. She also writes editorials for candysdirt.com, a luxury real estate blog covering urban design and development-related topics in Dallas, Texas.