Ben Schulman chronicles cities.
Ben is the director of real estate for the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, where he is charged with cultivating an ecosystem of developers and development tools to stitch together the social, economic and built fabric of Memphis’ Medical District.
He helped build, launch and voice Small Change, an equity crowdfunding platform that allows anyone over the age of 18 to invest in real estate projects. He was the communications director of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and for the urban think-tank, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).
His writings on architecture, urban planning and policy have appeared in ARCHITECT, Belt, CityLab, ICON, Metropolis, MIC, New Geography, Streetsblog, and as a contributor to The Urbanophile, among others. He was the editor of Chicago Architect Magazine, and the design section of Newcity Chicago, while also co-hosting the architecture, urbanism and design podcast, "A Lot You Got to Holler."
Ben has lectured and presented at The World Association of Public Opinion Research, The Great Books Foundation, Columbia University, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy (and elsewhere, too) and taught for Planetizen Courses, the educational platform for the premier urban planning news website.
He founded The Newburgh Packet, an organization that seeds projects that catalog the cultural and historic heft of Newburgh, NY and its environs, and created JustPlace.us, a platform to broadcast the stories of overlooked and misrepresented communities where American ingenuity and innovation are in revival, with a nod towards cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 people.