Mariela A. Alfonzo, Ph.D.
Enhancing communities' triple bottom line through empirically-based
urban design strategies
Mariela Alfonzo, Ph.D. is an urban design researcher and consultant who is an expert on
the value of urban design. Aiming to reinvigorate urban and urbanizing communities, Dr.
Alfonzo works with planning and real estate industry professionals to enhance the social
and economic value of development. Bridging the worlds of academia and practice, she
translates research findings regarding the built environment's impact on behavior into
sustainable planning, design, and development solutions. She focuses on issues related
to walkability, social interaction, sense of community, and consumption behavior within
the context of retail, mixed-use, and neighborhood revitalization.  
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