I got an opportunity to work with Gracen Johnson during the recent Kalamazoo Small Developer Boot Camp. I was already pretty clear on the fact that she is an exceptionally bright person, but I had no idea what a quick study she is on new technical skills.
She shot some video while I was pulling together diagrams boiling down the zoning code that used for the Edison Neighborhood of Kalamazoo. We had a chat about how zoning codes typically work. She said the video would be helpful as she practiced some of this stuff.
Last week she posted a blog on the StrongTowns.org website. Wow. She absorbed a lot of technical stuff and made it much more accessible. The photo above is Gracen’s diagram of one of the zoning categories in her town of Fredericton, New Brunswick.
I recommend following Gracen on Twitter and keeping track of her adventures. She is a genuine talent. She cares about people and cities. I can’t begin to imagine what she will be learning and doing in the coming years. Gracen’s Twitter