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
    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)
  • 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)
  • 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
    Jun 25, 2014
    Charlotte can learn a lot from Malmo, Sweden, which has steered residents away from cars to bikes, buses and high-speed trains. Commentary. (Photo: Martin Zimmerman)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jun 25, 2014
    Charlotte can learn a lot from Malmo, Sweden, which has steered residents away from cars to bikes, buses and high-speed trains. Commentary. (Photo: Martin Zimmerman)
  • plancharlotte.org
    Sep 13, 2013
    A University City-area rezoning petition up for a public hearing Monday raises serious questions about whether the city can stand behind its plans for transit-friendly development along the proposed Blue Line Extension light rail line. (Photo: Martin Zimmerman)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 13, 2013
    A University City-area rezoning petition up for a public hearing Monday raises serious questions about whether the city can stand behind its plans for transit-friendly development along the proposed Blue Line Extension light rail line. (Photo: Martin Zimmerman)