Who is shaping Charleston’s future?
Definitely our artists, business innovators, builders and politicians. But critical to the desired growth are urban planners who use smart design and progressive thinking to guide growing cities like ours into a bright future.
Jacob Lindsey is one of those deeply creative souls with a left-brain, systems-approach to match. As the director of the Design Division for the city, he gets excited thinking and talking about the possibilities for a more dynamic, affordable and diverse city and how he can contribute to that.
His pièce de résistance is the Flagship 3 Incubator, an uber-modern tech compound slated for construction on Morrison Drive that will be the biggest incentive ever for tech jobs to waft into town.
Jacob is also busy digitally mapping out commuters’ bike routes to work out a plan with Charleston Moves in effort to finally make “bike-friendly” a real thing here. He looks to international cities like London and Copenhagen, who have some similarities in layout, but boast exemplary public transportation and much safer cycling conditions.
“One of the things that is really important in Charleston is that we compare ourselves to the best cities our size globally, not to the best cities in our region, or the best cities in South Carolina. We work to raise everyone’s collective standards to be sure that we are the best that we can be.”
Outside of work, Jacob sketches for fun, reads his design blog feed on his tablet and dreams of doing both in beautiful urban green spaces.