Robert Goodspeed is a PhD student at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a research consultant for the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council. He graduated with a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008, and from the University of Michigan in 2004 with a B.A. in history. His honors thesis was about an urban renewal project in postwar Detroit and graduate thesis on the use of the Internet to engage citizens in urban planning.
He is the founder of community-based news websites in Ann Arbor, Washington, D.C., and College Park, Maryland. He is originally from Maine, where the largest city has a population of about 64,000 people.