Nur Asri, AICP is a community planner and economic development strategist committed to building equitable neighborhoods and commercial districts. As Senior Strategist with the Public + Non-Profit Solutions group at Streetsense, Nur leads market analysis and best practice research to inform key policy, program, and capital investments in urban environments. Nur has advised cross-sector clients on retail and development strategies in major markets and diverse communities across the country. Her award-winning projects include the City of Cambridge Retail Strategic Plan (IDA Pinnacle Achievement, APA EDD Donald Hunter) and Downtown 2.0 Livingston County District Assessment (IDA Downtown Achievement).
Since the onset of the pandemic, Nur has worked closely with other experts in the urban retail and economic development industry to strategize and help address myriad challenges facing small businesses and neighborhood commercial districts. In May 2020, with the support of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and US Bank, she co-authored the Commercial District Recovery Guide – a toolkit of COVID-19 response strategies for place-based organizations and mission-driven intermediary partners. The resource highlighted ways in which commercial districts could quickly adapt and create safe public spaces for customers to interact/socialize in and to enable the expansion of business activities for outdoor dining, merchandise display, creative storefront marketing, or pick-up/delivery services.Nur earned her Masters Degree in City Planning from Pratt Institute, where she focused on the study of public space planning and its impact on migrant populations in Singapore. Her research was presented at the International Making Cities Livable Conference in 2017.