Faculty and Staff Profiles

Charles A. Santo
Assoc Professor Director, City and Regional Planning
Email: casanto@memphis.edu
Office Location: City & Regional Planning
Personal Homepage: http://umpeople.memphis.edu/casanto
Education
  • PhD Urban Studies - Portland State University - 2005
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning Urban and Regional Planning - Virginia Commonwealth University - 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts Politics - Washington & Lee University - 1996

Work Experience

  • Director, City & Regional Planning - University of Memphis - 2013-
  • Associate Professor , City & Regional Planning - University of Memphis - 2011-
  • Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning - University of Memphis - 2005-2011
  • Research Consultant,   - Impresa Consulting / Smart City Consulting - 2004
  • Principal Planner (Planner III), Division of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation, Department of Community Development - City of Richmond, VA - 2000-2001
  • Planner I, Division of Neighborhood Planning, Department of Community Development - City of Richmond, VA - 1998-2000
Honors/Awards
  • Professional Development Assignment - College of Arts & Sciences, University of Memphis - 2009
  • Award of Excellence in Community Development (finalist) -- for Mississippi River Corridor Environmental Systems Enhancement Plan - University Economic Development Association - 2009
  • Travel Enrichment Award - College of Arts & Sciences, University of Memphis - 2008 (Summer)
  • Travel Enrichment Award - College of Arts & Sciences, University of Memphis - 2008 (Spring)
  • Maurie Clark Fellowship - Portland State University, College of Urban and Public Affairs - 2005
  • Gus Mattersdorff Student Paper Award - Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference - 2004
  • Academically-Controlled Auxiliary Activities Committee Travel Grant - Portland State University - 2004
  • Hatfield Resident - Portland State University, Executive Leadership Institute - 2001-2002
  • Distinguished Award - Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association - 2000

Teaching Experience

  • Geographic Environmental Analysis -  
  • Methods and Techniques in Planning - University of Memphis
  • Financing Community Development - University of Memphis
  • The Economics of Cities - University of Memphis
  • Applications of Community Development Finance - University of Memphis
  • Soulsville Music Magnet Project - University of Memphis
  • Research Problems Workshop - University of Memphis
  • The Economics of Sports - Portland State University

Student Advising/Mentoring

  • MCRP - Donald Anthony (capstone advisor) - 2007
  • MCRP - Nate Ferguson (capstone advisor) - 2008
  • MCRP - Andrew Trippel (capstone advisor) - 2008
  • MCRP - Zinna Ron (capstone advisor) - 2009
  • MCRP - Dan Daniska (capstone advisor) - 2009
  • MCRP - Kyle Wagenschutz (capstone advisor) - 2010
  • MCRP - John Shaffer (capstone advisor) - 2010
  • MCRP - Cheron Corbett (capstone advisor) - 2011
  • MCRP - Ward Kennedy (capstone advisor) - 2011
  • MCRP - Jordan Jones Hillman (capstone advisor) - 2011
  • MCRP - Andrew Ray (capstone advisor) - 2011
  • MCRP - Andrea Barbour (capstone advisor) - 2012
  • MCRP - Lacy Ward (capstone advisor) - 2012
  • MCRP - Allison Eddins (capstone advisor) - 2012
  • MCRP - Noelle Gilbreath (capstone advisor) - 2013
  • MCRP - Tracy Buckley (capstone advisor) - 2013
  • MCRP - Richard Donovan (capstone advisor) - 2013
  • MCRP - Jordan Exantus (capstone advisor) - 2013
  • MCRP - Nadia Shah (capstone advisor) - 2013
  • MCRP - Austin Cardosi (capstone advisor) - 2013
  • MCRP - Sara May Holloway (capstone advisor) - 2013

Support

  • Memphis Music Magnet Implementation - ArtPlace - $678,000 - 2012-2013
  • Memphis Music Magnet: Soulsville -- Implementation Planning Grant - Hyde Family Foundations - $50,000 - 2010-2011
  • Memphis Music Magnet: Soulsville -- Strengthening Communities Initiative Grant - Community Foundation of Greater Memphis / United Way - $18,000 - 2010-2011
  • Memphis Music Magnet -- Neighborhood Planning Grant - Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development - $15,000 - 2010-2011
  • Mississippi River Corridor Environmental Systems Enhancement Plan - Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee, Inc. / McKnight Foundation - $120,000 - 2008-2009
  • Impact of a Special School District Created in Shelby County (report) - Memphis City Schools / Shelby County Schools - $36,790 - 2007-2008
  • Memphis Botanic Garden Tree Inventory Pilot Project - Memphis Botanic Garden / Tennessee Division of Forestry - $2,000 - 2007-2008
  • Youth Neighborhood Mapping Initiative - City of Memphis, Office of Youth Services & Community Affairs - $28,755 - 2007
  • The Planning Innovations Technology Lab: A Curricular Enhancement - TAF Innovation Grant, Innovations to Excellence in Learning - $48,414 - 2006-2007

Outreach

  • Greening Greater Memphis, Board of Directors -   - 2009 - current - Hyde Family Foundations, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • Sustainable Shelby, Public Incentives Committee Co-Chair -   - 2008 - Shelby County
  • Youth Neighborhood Mapping Initiative -   - 2007 - City of Memphis, Office of Youth Services and Community Affairs
  • Livable Memphis (Coalition for Livable Communities), Steering Committee -   - 2006-current - Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • University District Initiative Committee -   - 2006 - 2008 - University of Memphis
Service
  • University of Memphis - Graduate Program Coordinator, City & Regional Planning - 2011 - current
  • University of Memphis - College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate Council - 2011 - current
  • University of Memphis - 2011 Planners Network International Conference Host Committee - 2011
  • University of Memphis - Coordinator, Planning Innovations Technology Lab - 2006 - current
  • University of Memphis - Task Force on the Future of the College of Arts & Sciences - 2009
  • University of Memphis - Engaged Scholarship Task Force - 2008 - current
  • University of Memphis - Engaged Scholarship Book Group - 2008-
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Advisor, Graduate Student Planning Association - 2007 - current
  • University of Memphis - City & Regional Planning Director Search Committee - 2007
  • University of Memphis - Urban Affairs and Public Policy Doctoral Program Planning Committee - 2005 - 2006
  • Portland State University - University Planning Committee - 2004
  • Portland State University - Urban Studies PhD Executive Committee - 2003-2004
  • Portland State University - Urban Studies PhD Admissions Committee - 2003
  • Journal of Planning Literature - Reviewer - 2012 -
  • Journal of Planning Education and Research - Reviewer - 2009 -
  • Journal of Urban Affairs - Reviewer - 2007 -
  • Urban Studies - Reviewer - 2007 -
  • Urban Geography - Reviewer - 2008 -
  • International City/County Management Association - Vacant Properties Advisory Board - 2001
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond - Neighborhood Revitalization/Real Estate Investment Committee - 1999-2001
Consulting
  • Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee, Inc. - 2008-2009
  • Memphis Botanic Garden - 2007-2008
  • Memphis City Schools & Shelby County Schools - 2007-2008
  • Department of Homeland Security (Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program reviewer) - 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Housing Authority of Portland - 2004
  • City of Milwaukie, Oregon and Clackamas County Oregon - 2001-2002
Books Published/Reviewed
  • Santo C. & Mildner, G. (editors). (2010). Sport and public policy: Social, political, and economic perspectives. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  • Santo, C. (2004). Mega-Projects: The changing politics of urban public investment, by Alan Altshuler and David Luberoff; and Megaprojects and risk: An anatomy of ambition, by Bent Flyvbjerg, Nils Bruzelius, and Werner Rothengatter. Journal of Urban Affairs, 26 (2), 259-262.

  • Santo, C. (2010). The economic impact of sports stadiums, teams and events. In C. Santo & G. Mildner (Eds.) Sport and public policy: Social, political, and economic perspectives (pp. 49-64). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Santo, C. (2010). Cities, stadiums and subsidies: Why cities spend so much on sports. In C. Santo & G. Mildner (Eds.) Sport and public policy: Social, political, and economic perspectives (pp. 65-96). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Santo, C. (2010). American baseball and the global labor market. In C. Santo & G. Mildner (Eds.) Sport and public policy: Social, political, and economic perspectives (pp. 201-214). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Journal Articles
  • Santo, C. (forthcoming). The Memphis Music Magnet: Arts-based revitalization with a Memphis twist. In Creative Economy Report 2013. United Nations Development Programme and UNESCO.
  • Santo, C. (currently under revision for resubmit). Connecting Creativity and Community Development: The Memphis Music Magnet. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.
  • Santo, C., Ferguson, N. & Trippel, A. (2010). Engaging urban youth through technology: The Youth Neighborhood Mapping Initiative. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 30 (1), 52-65.
  • Santo, C. (2007). Beyond the economic catalyst debate: Can consumption benefits justify a municipal stadium investment? Journal of Urban Affairs, 29 (5), 455-479.  
  • Santo, C. (2007). Deciphering the public interest: Contingent valuation as a participatory planning tool. Community Development: The Journal of the Community Development Society, 38 (4), 46-59.
  • Santo, C. (2005). The economic impact of sports stadiums: Recasting the analysis in context. Journal of Urban Affairs, 27 (2), 177-191. 
  • Santo, C. (2004). Measuring the consumption benefits of professional sports facilities. Critical Planning, 11, 64-81.
  • Santo, C. (2002). Understanding the impacts of stadium strategies: A new framework for discussion and analysis. News & Views, Economic Development Division of the American Planning Association (Summer), 9-11. 
  • Santo, C. (1999). Evaluating stadium subsidy proposals. Public Investment [American Planning Association - Planning Advisory Service Memo] (December).
Presentations
  • * Getting creative: Arts-inspired economic growth. Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities 2013 Annual Conference. Memphis, TN, March 19, 2013.
  • * The roundabout road to regional equity: The Memphis City Schools charter surrender. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 53rd Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH, November 3, 2012.
  • * The arts and the community. 40th Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts. Baton Rouge, LA, October 17, 2012.
  • * The Memphis City Schools charter surrender: A backdoor approach to promoting regional equity? Urban Affairs Association 42nd Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, April 20, 2012.
  • * Memphis Music Magnet (culture led planning). 2011 Planners Network International Conference. Memphis, TN, May 20, 2011.
  • * Getting in the Game. Creating a role for planners in sports facility development decisions. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 51st Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 9, 2010.
  • * Music at the nexus of creativity, diversity, and place-making in Memphis. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 50th Anniversary Annual Conference. Crystal City, VA, October 2, 2009.
  • * South Memphis renaissance: Perspectives on change. Community Development Society 41st Annual International Conference. Memphis, TN, July 28, 2009.
  • * Teaching the Memphis Music Magnet. Urban Affairs Association 39th Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, March 5, 2009.
  • * Engaging youth through technology: The Youth Neighborhood Mapping Initiative. Urban Affairs Association 38th Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD, April 25, 2008.
  • * Plugging in to youth: Capturing perspectives and fostering civic engagement through technology. Society for Applied Anthropology 68th Annual Meeting. Memphis, TN, March 28, 2008.
  • * Narrowing the playing field: The economic impact of sports stadiums at the city level. Urban Affairs Association 37th Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA, April 27, 2007.
  • * Can consumption benefits justify a municipal stadium investment? Urban Affairs Association 36th Annual Meeting. Montreal, Quebec, April 22, 2006.
  • * Beyond the economic catalyst debate: Can consumption benefits justify a municipal stadium investment? Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 46th Annual Conference. Kansas City, MO, October 27, 2005.
  • * Using public consumption benefits to evaluate municipal stadium investments. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 45th Annual Conference. Portland, OR, October 22, 2004.
  • * The economic impact of sports stadiums: Updating the analysis. Western Economic Association International 79th Annual Conference. Vancouver, B.C., June 30, 2004.
  • * The economic impact of sports teams and facilities: Recasting the analysis in context. Urban Affairs Association 34th Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., April 3, 2004.
  • Creative conversations: Ideas that work. Hosted by MPact Memphis and Memphis College of Art. Memphis, TN, October 29, 2009.
  • URBANEXUS Memphis: New faces of civic engagement. Hosted by Next American City. Memphis, TN, March 19, 2009.
  • Participatory planning and collaborative action scholarship. Mid-South Planning & Zoning Institute, The University of Memphis. Memphis, TN, October 24, 2008.
  • Mississippi River Corridor – A regional sustainability priority. Sustainable Tennessee Regional Opportunity Forum ,Sponsored by ULI Memphis, the Sierra Club, and the University of Memphis Ecological Research Center. Memphis, TN, June, 20, 2008.
  • ReGenerations: The Youth Neighborhood Mapping Initiative. Creating Livable Communities: The 2nd Annual Summit for Neighborhood Leaders, Sponsored by the Coalition for Livable Communities. Memphis, TN, June 28, 2008.
  • The Planning Innovations Technology Lab: Applications to urban conservation education. Institutionalizing Ecological Literacy – Needs for Urban Conservation Education, Colloquium sponsored by the University of Memphis Ecological Research Center. Memphis, TN, June 14, 2007.
  • New football stadium to replace Liberty Bowl: Pros and cons (panel discussion), Issues in College Sports Discussion Series, hosted by the University of Memphis Sports and Leisure Commerce Program. Memphis, TN, March 19, 2007.
  • Measuring the consumption benefits of professional sports facilities. Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference. Tacoma, WA, May 20, 2004.
  • Assessing stadium subsidy proposals. 2000 Virginia Planning Conference. Norfolk, VA, March 28, 2000.