Revitalizing Public Spaces Through the Power of Technology

Panel Dialogue

The increased use of technology in the public realm has park leaders wondering about new ways to engage community members, enhance users’ experiences, and improve the management and planning of public spaces through tech and data.

This panel dialogue will offer lessons from cities in the High Line Network’s Tech & Public Space Accelerator, funded by the Knight Foundation. Throughout 2023, the High Line Network worked with its 40+ members to identify priority tech needs across park management organizations of varying tech capacities. The High Line Network also supported four tech-based pilot projects in Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, and Toronto to address them. Panelists from a selection of those organizations will speak about the lessons learned from these projects and the future of technology in public spaces.

Support for this session is provided by The Knight Foundation.


  • Recognize the benefits of using technology in public spaces, including enhanced user experiences and improved management and planning.
  • Identify priority tech needs across park management organizations.
  • Discuss examples of tech-based pilot projects and their impact on their respective communities.
  • Discuss the future of technology in public spaces and the potential opportunities and challenges that come with it.


Rachel Johnson

Manager of Administration & Special Projects, Friends of the High Line

Lilly Weinberg

Senior Director, Knight Foundation

Rachel Frierson

Senior Director of Programming and Public Spaces, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Ilana Altman

Co-Executive Director, The Bentway