Sara Udow
Interim Managing Director @plazaPOPS

Sara (she/her) is an award-winning urban and cultural planner, with expertise in community engagement, community development, cultural and city-building strategy and human-centred research. She has almost 15 years of experience designing creative, equitable and effective organizational and community processes with municipalities, nonprofits, and private sector clients. Between 2019 - 2023, Sara co-founded and ran PROCESS, an urban and cultural planning studio delivering high-impact cultural projects for public, private, and non-profit clients. She is also the co-founder of Crazy Dames, an artist studio that leads creative public engagement across Canada. Sara is the Interim Managing Director of plazaPOPS, helping to develop organizational processes, long-term strategic planning and financial oversight.

Day 1

June 23, 2023

10:00 am EDT

Trading Parking Space for Public Space: Transforming Toronto’s inner suburbs with plazaPOPS


plazaPOPS is a community-led approach to enhancing Toronto’s inner suburban streetscapes, encouraging community connections, and supporting small businesses by transforming under-used spaces (including privately-owned parking lots) into context-sensitive and accessible community gathering spaces. Learn how plazaPOPS turned their 2019 pilot into a fully funded 3-year program, is working toward establishing a sustainable citywide initiative to “bring back main street”, and how you can do the same in your neighbourhood.

Presenting Sponsor

Sponsor logo TD The Ready Commitment

Host City Partner

City of Toronto

Event Sponsor

Parks Canada


The Bentway
Metcalf Foundation
Government of Canada
Municipal World
Mohari Hospitality