Walkable City

From Brianne Mullen at Partnership for Smarter Growth:

Please mark your calendars for the next event in our fall forum series, Transportation Transformations for a Competitive and Sustainable Future, a lecture by a nationally-renowned city planner and advocate of New Urbanism on Thursday, October 24.

Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A and LEED-AP, the author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time,” will deliver the Inaugural Morton B. Gulak Urban and Regional Planning Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., at the VCU Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms, located at 907 Floyd Ave. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Through his writing, lectures, and built construction, Mr. Speck has advocated internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from 2003-2007, Mr. Speck oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps the nation’s governors to fight urban sprawl. Prior to joining the NEA, he spent 10 years as director of planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a highly regarded design firm specializing in New Urbanist town planning, where he led or managed more than 40 of the agency’s projects.

Mr. Speck is co-author of “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream,” as well as, “The Smart Growth Manual.” His lecture on Oct. 24 will focus on the themes addressed in his most recent book, “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time.

Please visit the VCU Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs event page for more information.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an exciting lecture on and discussion of concrete steps that city planners and policymakers can take to enhance walkability in the Richmond region.

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