Testimonials

“Yuri is fantastic contributor to Spacing. His expertise includes a depth of knowledge on topics like urban design, walking issues, but also include an excellent skill-set in social media, writing, and editing.”
— Matthew Blackett, Publisher & Creative Director, Spacing

“I know of your amazing Jane’s Walk work… Keep it up. You are one of our stars.”
— Roberta Brandes Gratz, award-winning journalist and urban critic, lecturer and author

“Having collaborated with Yuri on a number of occasions, I don’t hesitate to say that he is an amazing individual to work with. Not only is he very knowledgable about a variety of issues surrounding the urban environment, but also, his commitment and passion regarding all the facets that shape the built world is unmistakable. Furthermore, he constantly goes beyond the call-of-duty to help foster these same feelings in others.”
Erick VillagomezFounder and Chief Editor, Spacing Vancouver Magazine and Principal, Metis Design-Build

“Yuri has the ability to organize communities in productive, creative ways, and to inspire people in the process. Organized, efficient, passionate and a great collaborator. Working with Yuri and seeing the results of his dedicated work is a joy.”
— Stephen GoldsmithProfessor, University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning

“Yuri’s development and management of our social media presence has made a strong difference in creating and maintaining readership and developing partnerships. It has also reinforced the professional orientation and face for the publication as a thought leader in West Coast and Canadian Urbanism.”
Brendan Hurley, Associate Editor, Spacing Vancouver and Urban Designer at VIA Architecture

“Yuri… has his finger on the pulse on the revitalization of downtown more than anyone I can think of and is a tremendous asset to this community!”
Stephen G. Barr, CEO & Group Publisher, SGB Media Group, LLC

“Yuri is well known for his personality and willingness to help wherever he can”
Si Robins, Managing Editor , Downtown Phoenix Journal

“Yuri’s commitment to exploring and reporting on the urban environment and policy is absolutely remarkable… Yuri doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk for real.”
Alison King, Founding Editor, ModernPhoenix.net

“Yuri captures his passion for strengthening vibrant communities to get neighborhood members engaged. Yuri guides them into digging deeper into the stories that are encased in our urban environment.”
Khamis Hammoudeh, Student, Arizona State University

“Yuri is one of those unique individuals you meet that doesn’t fit any traditional mold – and that’s a good thing… He’s not a “suit” and he’s not a hippie – he’s the best of it all.”
Rhonda Bannard, Chief Connector, Inspired Connections