Jimmy Shoemaker is a transportation planner who works on projects that make biking and walking safer and more enjoyable. Before joining Alta Planning + Design, Jimmy worked for the City of San Francisco tackling issues related to curb space, bicycle wayfinding, and the pedestrian realm. Jimmy holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Environmental Science and Geology from the University of Iowa. He grew up and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Let’s learn more about Jimmy and his career in Planning:
Q: Which ACSP member school did you attend?
A: University of Minnesota
Q: What specialty did you study?
A: Transportation Planning
Q: Why did you select your particular specialty?
A: I was interested in improving how people move in a city and learning about ways to help reduce the
reliance on cars.
Q: Where do you currently work?
A: Alta Planning + Design
Q: What are your job responsibilities?
A: Plan writing, graphic design, mapping and spatial analytics
Q: What's your favorite project you’ve worked on?
A: A bicycle level of stress analysis for a city in southeastern Minnesota
Q: What future goals do you have in your field?
A: To provide people with safe and comfortable options for travel besides their car
Q: How has planning school changed your daily habits?
A: It has helped me think more critically about the built environment - how policies and practices shape behavior. And...just for fun!
Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A: A woodworker or a wildlife biologist
Q: How many different cities have you lived in and which was your favorite?
A: Three. My favorite will always be St Paul, MN
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
A: Galway, Ireland - everyone is friendly, and the city is beautiful
Q: What is the title of the last book you read? What did you learn from it?
A: In the Woods - I learned how to do a good Irish accent
Q: What’s your favorite color and how would you creatively incorporate it into a planning project?
A: Green - put more green paint on the roads!