Bloomington Mayor Appoints David Hittle as Director of Planning and Transportation Department, Emphasizing Sustainable Urban Design

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – FEBRUARY 16: Kirkwood Avenue after snow showers on February 16, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — March 13, 2024

Bloomington Mayor Kerry Thomson announced on March 4, 2024 the appointment of David Hittle as the Director of the Department of Planning and Transportation, pending approval from the Plan Commission.

Hittle, who currently serves as the Executive Director for the Area Plan Commission of Tippecanoe County, is set to assume his new role on April 1. With over seventeen years of experience in city planning, including roles in Johnson County and Indianapolis, Hittle brings experience and expertise to his new position.

Thomson praised Hittle’s extensive background, describing him as a valuable addition to City Hall. “David’s experience, leadership style, and track record of successfully managing complex projects in collaborative and customer-centric ways will be a welcomed addition to City Hall,” Thomson said in a statement. “I am committed to building a better, more responsive, inclusive, and welcoming city, and David will be a key part of making that happen.”

Hittle, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, holds an undergraduate degree from California State University and a master’s degree from Indiana University Indianapolis. He has also completed coursework for a master’s degree in urban and regional planning at Ball State University.

On his LinkedIn page, Hittle describes himself as a “skilled, aspirational, service-oriented city planner” with a focus on timeless urbanism and connectivity. He advocates for principles such as long-term stability over short-term gain, durability over disposability, and timelessness over trend.

In contemporary architecture, the terms referenced by Hittle carry specific meanings:

  • Timeless urbanism of old towns and neighborhoods: This refers to the enduring qualities found in traditional urban areas, characterized by pedestrian-friendly streets, mixed-use development, and a sense of community.
  • Wisdom they offer in considering how our new places should be built: Hittle suggests that studying historic urban areas can provide valuable lessons for designing modern cities, emphasizing elements like scale, density, and human-scale design.
  • Advocate for connectivity and walkability: Hittle promotes urban design that prioritizes easy access for pedestrians and encourages active transportation methods like walking and cycling.
  • Incrementalism: This approach involves making small, gradual changes to urban environments over time, allowing for experimentation and adaptation based on community feedback.
  • Long-term stability over short-term gain: Hittle prioritizes planning decisions that promote the sustainability and resilience of cities over immediate economic benefits.
  • Durability over disposability: In architectural terms, this means designing structures and infrastructure with longevity and sustainability in mind, rather than creating disposable or short-lived solutions.
  • Timelessness over trend: Hittle advocates for architectural designs that stand the test of time, avoiding fleeting trends in favor of enduring aesthetics and functionality.

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