Martin Zimmerman

City Wise Studio USA
Director

Biography

Martin is an urban planner, architect, freelance journalist and principal of City Wise Studio USA, a copy writing, copy editing and communications firmHe has published hundreds of articles and reviews on urban development topics in the Washington Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Urban Land.org, APA Planning, Blueprints Journal of the National Building Museum, the Charlotte Observer, Build a Better Burb.org, and other print and on-line media. He has served as the first architect to lead the Office of Facilities Planning for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1992-2001) during a period of unprecedented growth for the campus. As ED for the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance (2003-2012), he campaigned to redirect the arc of Charlotte's travel culture. Martin is member of Sustain Charlotte's Transportation Choices Alliance, the advisory board to Bike Walk NC, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. He travels frequently to cities in the USA, Canada and abroad in search of urban innovation models. His 

vehicle​ of choice has two wheels 
and a bell​.

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Articles

  • plancharlotte.org
    Apr 26, 2016
    Street Fight, a new book about New York’s efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle amenities, is also relevant to Charlotte or any city feeling the tension between today’s auto-addicted culture and a growing chorus wanting more balance in the transportation system.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Apr 26, 2016
    Street Fight, a new book about New York’s efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle amenities, is also relevant to Charlotte or any city feeling the tension between today’s auto-addicted culture and a growing chorus wanting more balance in the transportation system.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 17, 2016
    As Charlotte city planners undertake a revamp of the zoning code—as rapid development continues—a detailed time line presented to a City Council committee might shave as much as a year off the lengthy process.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 17, 2016
    As Charlotte city planners undertake a revamp of the zoning code—as rapid development continues—a detailed time line presented to a City Council committee might shave as much as a year off the lengthy process.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Dec 02, 2015
    It’s been six weeks since “complete streets” advocate Gil Penalosa arrived in Charlotte for a visit and multiple presentations. And I got a sense that an important corner had been turned for this city built primarily for cars. Commentary
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 02, 2015
    It’s been six weeks since “complete streets” advocate Gil Penalosa arrived in Charlotte for a visit and multiple presentations. And I got a sense that an important corner had been turned for this city built primarily for cars. Commentary
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 24, 2015
    Is tactical urbanism gaining a toehold in Charlotte? Recent events bode well. (Commentary)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 24, 2015
    Is tactical urbanism gaining a toehold in Charlotte? Recent events bode well. (Commentary)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 13, 2014
    Charlotte's bicycling community has seen indications of an evolving bicycle culture and strong public support. It is time for the city to collect the data needed to understand and build on these trends. (Commentary)
  • plancharlotte.org
    Nov 13, 2014
    Charlotte's bicycling community has seen indications of an evolving bicycle culture and strong public support. It is time for the city to collect the data needed to understand and build on these trends. (Commentary)