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Neil Takemoto is the founder and CEO of CoolTown Beta Communities. His work over the last 17 years has been committed to the crowdsourced development of places with significant economic, environmental, and social benefit; currently, Washington DC, New England and New Orleans.
Neil is the founder of CoolTown Studios, a "crowdsourcing cool places for creatives" blog and news site that attracts 40,000 unique visitors a month. It has been featured in Architect Magazine and the ULI's annual developers conference.
He is also the cofounder of Bubbly, a crowdsourcing web application, and Mobfuse, a crowdsourcing consulting firm. With Andres Duany, Neil co-founded the National Town Builders Association in 1997, the only business trade group of Smart Growth/New Urbanism real estate developers. Prior to that, he founded a national nonprofit educational clearinghouse for the New Urbanism field.
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