Adam Baacke photo Adam Baacke, AICP is Assistant City Manager and Director of the Division of Planning and Development for the City of Lowell, MA.  He has worked for the DPD in Lowell since 2000, including as Chief Planner and as Deputy Director prior to his current position.  During that period, the City of Lowell has seen over 2.6 million square feet of formerly vacant downtown buildings rehabilitated and reoccupied with new uses, including over 1600 new housing units and dozens of new retail businesses and restaurants.  Mr. Baacke also acted as project manager and principal author for the City of Lowellís first Comprehensive Master Plan in 30 years and the comprehensive redrafting of the Cityís entire zoning code and map between 2001 and 2004.  He also conceived of and continues to lead the implementation of the Hamilton Canal District, one of New Englandís most dramatic mixed-use, transit-oriented development projects.  Mr. Baacke holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts-Bostonís McCormack Institute.  Before coming to Lowell, he has worked as a planner, historic preservationist, and designer of museum exhibits, theater scenery and special events in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.