John Frece, Director of EPA’s Smart Growth Division Coming to Campus

smartgrowthbookAccording to the 1000 Friends of Maryland, John Frece, former Associated Director of UMD’s National Center for Smart Growth and current Director of EPA’s Smart Growth Division is coming to McKeldin Library Tuesday at 4:30. He’ll be talking about his recent book: Sprawl and Politics, “a political history of the origin, enactment, and implementation of Maryland’s well-known Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation initiative.”

Frece worked for several years on the staff of former Maryland Governor Parris  Glendening, the so called founder of Maryland Smart Growth, where Frece was a coordinator, adviser and chief spokesman for Maryland’s Smart Growth initiative. He also was a reporter for many years for the Baltimore Sun. I’ve seen him speak before and he has a lot of fascinating inside information and background on MD Smart Growth. Should be an interesting discussion especially given the recent uptick in debate over efficacy of the program.

Also, check out commentary by Glendening and current secretary of planning Richard Hall in Sunday”s Washington Post regarding that controversial Post article last week.