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RETURNS TO HER ROOTS By SUSAN FOTOVICH MCCABE

With deep Kansas City roots, Lynn Carlton’s time on the East Coast was beneficial. But she was happy to return to the Midwest, where she is regional director of planning for HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Carlton is part of Kansas City’s longtime Katz family, which owned and operated the Katz Drugstore chain across five states for 57 years beginning in 1914. For the Katz family, it all began in downtown Kansas City. For Carlton, whose experience is in urban planning, history is an important part of her work. “The buildings in downtown Kansas City, for example, have a unique history. As an urban planner, you need to respect history,” said Carlton, who was appointed as the first female district council chair of the Urban Land Institute, Kansas City in 2014– a century after the launch of the family business. The organization is the local branch of the ULI, a global nonprofit research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use.

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Carlton’s experience covers planning, design and urban landscape projects related to downtown corridors, urban districts, waterfront locations, urban campuses, and regional sustainability planning. She works with stakeholders to develop common ground, resolve barriers to implementation, and inspire concerted action toward a shared vision. HOK has played a vital role in revitalizing downtown Kansas City and it was important to her to find a firm that respected the history of downtown and was integral to its renaissance. Carlton, who is married and has two sons, graduated cum laude from Colgate University, earning her master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. When not exploring the city with her family – making stops at Union Station, the Folly Theater, museums and favorite restaurants, like SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza –Carlton is active in a number of professional community improvement organizations, including ULI’s Board of Trustees, and co-chair/founder of its NEXT Leadership Initiative, as well as the incoming chair of the Downtown Council’s Greenspace Committee and participation on its executive committee. Passionate about promoting the vitality of Kansas City’s urban core, she is on the board of directors for the Mattie Rhodes Center.. She sits on various committees for the Greater Downtown Area Plan, ArtsKC, the Kansas City Art Institute, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and her favorite – Lead-to-Read at Wendell Phillips Elementary School in Kansas City. “Part of my goal in leaving Boston and returning to Kansas City was to be more involved in my community,” Carlton said. “My family was always passionate about understanding the city from the downtown out, and that’s how I live today.” n

KC Options | 2015-2016  

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