In addition to my work as a Circuit Rider for Preservation Massachusetts and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I also work as a writer, researcher, and media producer. Many of my clients are regional and national community development organizations looking for research and writing on issues from affordable housing, to cultural planning, to community safety and design. Past clients include the 2022 Foundation, the North Texas Community Development Association, Dallas City Homes, the Fannie Mae Foundation, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. I have also worked as a videographer for M.I.T.'s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and for Snippies, Inc., a market research firm.
As a writer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), I've published two case studies for LISC's Community Safety Initiative. Two more case studies will be published in 2009.
Curbing Crime One Street at a Time profiles HomeSight Seattle and its partnership with the Seattle Police Department in implementing a design-based community safety program. The second case study, Improving Safety in Immigrant Communities, looks at Mercy Housing Denver and its Somali Bantu residents, who worked together with Denver Police to create an educational program that helped Somalis and other immigrants adapt to the hazards and expectations of living in a new, urban environment. I've also worked with LISC to research some of the barriers to affordable housing for ex-offenders in the greater Boston area.
In 2007, I published an interview with Chinese urban planner and professor Huasheng Sun in Metropolis Magazine online. You can download the full article here. The research and travel for this interview, which took place in Hong Kong, was funded by a grant from the 2022 Foundation.
At M.I.T., where I completed my Master's in City Planning and Certificate in Urban Design, my thesis explored cultural planning along the Route 66 corridor in four cities: Tulsa, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and Rancho Cucamonga, CA. In 2007, this paper won the Ralph Adams Cram Award for interdisciplinary work in the School of Architecture and Planning. Click here to read and download chapters of "Route 66, Where Are You? Three Cities and the Development of a Shared Cultural Resource."
In 2007, I shot and edited a series of video interviews with professors from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning to commemorate the department's 75th anniversary. These interviews were screened as part of the "History of Planning Ideas" exhibit at MIT's Wolk Gallery in Spring of 2008. From 1999 to 2001, I worked in documentary television production as a production coordinator. You can visit my imdb listing to learn more about this work and my brief but glorious career as an actor in Andrew Bujalski's Beeswax.
I also produced, shot, and edited a documentary film, "In Mound Bayou", about the Freedmen's town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. This 16mm film won third prize at the 2001 Black Maria Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 2001 Magnolia Film Festival.
I'm currently putting my media and documentary skills to work in the 66 Motels project, photographing motels and interviewing motel owners along Route 66. This project is both a personal documentary project and a research project on the community planning and preservation work surrounding historic properties along Route 66. I presented my preliminary findings from this research at the 2008 Historic Roads Conference in Albuquerque, NM.
If you'd like a copy of my resume, please email me at acdodge at gmail dot com.