Thanks for stopping by my blog. I generally discuss urban policy, planning and development issues with a mix of entrepreneurship and business. I welcome comments and feedback.
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Admittedly, I’ve always been quite terrible at filling out these sorts of things. So below, I’ve split my “bio” into easy to decipher sections.
Oonee, Founder and CEO
I worked with a very talented streetscape designer to create a smart, scalable solution for bike and scooter parking in dense urban centers like New York, Boston and London. I’ve had 3 bikes either stolen or vandalized beyond salvaged over 5 years… so I’m passionate about solving this problem.
I was the Deputy Director of Operations for the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership until January 2017. My work there involved managing a portfolio of over 1.1 million square feet of public space in and around Downtown Brooklyn. I was in charge of installing, maintaining and analyzing information from Downtown Brooklyn’s pedestrian counting camera system. I also participated in or led several economic development grant initiatives, including a $150,000 New York State facade improvement program for businesses in Downtown Brooklyn.
Before that I was a Special Projects Consultant to the Urban Ambassadors Program at the New York City Department of Education. There, I wrote the curricular framework for a successful extra curricular program that targeted high-potential young men of color in New York’s public schools. I returned, after the program had launched, to help scale the pilot to a 2nd and 3rd cohort.
Proud alum of the following institutions:
- New York City Public Schools
- Prep for Prep
- St. Andrew’s School
- Tufts University
- Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs
How I Became Interested in Urban Issues
Ever since I could walk, I was fascinated by trains and subways. Growing up in New York provided endless opportunities to further develop that interest. As I got older, i also became interested in history and architecture, particularly skyscrapers. I also developed a concurrent interest in politics and national policy.
By the time I was 21, and with a little inspiration from Jane Jacobs, those interests had converged into a general passion for cities, urban policy, and how we live in dense metropolitan environments.
How I Became an Urban Cyclist
I didn’t begin cycling for transport until I was a senior in college. I was about 65 pounds overweight and bought a bike as a way to start a new active lifestyle. I would bike from Tufts to Boston’s Back Bay to see a personal trainer about 3x per week. Not only did I lose about 70 pounds, I also fell in love with the bike. What a wonderful and efficient way to travel.
Fun Fact #1
Unlike most of my American counterparts, I don’t have a drivers license and I never learned to drive a automobile. I’m currently 27 and the goal is to at least learn by the time I’m 30.
I’m a proud first generation Caribbean American. My mother hails from Barbados, and my dad hails from North Carolina.
Current Place of Residence
I currently live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. One of the best places ever.