2022 Scenic Symposium Presentations

Please see the following links to view the presentations shared during our 2022 Scenic Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Visual Resources Stewardship Part 1: The Viewshed Approach to Scenic Protection
Richard Smardon, professor emeritus, SUNY dept of environmental studies & landscape architecture;
Patrick Miller, FASLA, FCELA, professor emeritus, Virginia Tech landscape architecture program
Brent Chamberlain, assoc prof, dept of landscape architecture & environmental planning, Utah State

Creating & Marketing Self-Guided History Tours
Mary Ellen Pethel, Ph.D., executive director, Nashville Sites
Jessica Reeves, historic preservation planner, Metro Nashville Historical Commission

What’s Ahead for Scenic Byways?
Mark Falzone, president, Scenic America
Sharon Strouse, executive director, National Scenic Byway Foundation
Mark Dudney, historic preservation planner, Upper Cumberland Development District

Placemaking: Jefferson Street
LaTonya Turner, editor, Nashville Public Radio; documentary producer, Facing North
Tifinie Capehart, TSU urban studies; board member, Jefferson St United Merchants Partnership
Lorenzo Washington, founder, Jefferson Street Sound Museum
Butch Spyridon, CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
Kenneth Chilton, associate professor, department of public administration, Tennessee State University

Revisioning/Rebuilding Nashville’s Second Avenue Historic District
Ron Gobbell, FAIA, president emeritus, GHP; project manager, Second Avenue recovery project
Michelle Scopel, senior project manager, Metro Development & Housing Agency
Gary Gaston, CEO, Nashville Civic Design Center

East Bank Design Dialogue 
Anna Grider, project manager, Metro Nashville planning department
Andrés Duany, FAIA, founding partner, DPZ CoDesign;
Ben Crenshaw, BLA, senior vice-president for design, Southern Land Company
Moderator: Ron Fleming, FAICP; founder, the Townscape Institute

Billboard Updates
1. The SCOTUS decision in Austin v Reagan 
Cooke Kelsey, Parker Sanchez, Houston, Texas (attorney for amicus brief)
Shawn Bible, beautification office coordinator, Tennessee DOT
2. Local Sign Ordinances & the Question of Local Control 
Sunny Sandos, city attorney, city of Johnson City

VRS Part 2: TN’s Scenic Viewshed Register
Patrick Miller, FASLA, FCELA, professor emeritus, Virginia Tech landscape architecture program
Paul Dudley, location intelligence analyst, state of Tennessee Strategic Technology Services
Kari Williams, GIS specialist, state of Tennessee Strategic Technology Services

Update on Tennessee CLEAN (Cleaner Landscapes for the Economy, Agriculture & Nature)
Kevin Botts, conservation policy director, Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Scenic Tools & Ordinances
1. Undergrounding utilities 
Nathan O’Neill, policy and program director, Scenic America
2. Nashville’s dark sky ordinance
Burkley Allen, Metro Nashville Council
3. Passing scenic ordinances in a gateway community 
Jeff Ownby, director of building & planning, City of Gatlinburg

Scenic Considerations of the EV Revolution
Moderator: Mike Dawida, executive director, Scenic Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
Savannah Robertson, Drive Electric Tennessee / East Tennessee Clean Fuels
McKale Carter, EV specialist, TVA Energy Services & Programs
Matthew Meservy, PE, TDOT long-range planning division
Laura Leigh Harris, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce

Essential Agritourism: Scenic, Climate, Social & Economic Impacts 
Megan Bruch Leffew, marketing specialist, UT Extension Service’s Center for Profitable Agriculture
Amy Ladd, owner, Lucky Ladd Farms
John Noel, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; Climate Institute
Christie Henderson, director of land conservation, TennGreen Land Conservancy
John Patrick, founding member, Burns Village & Farm Agrihood