Two Relevant Lectures

Thanks everyone for passing along these great lectures (text taken from the event announcements):

May 23 at the National Building Museum
Bright Lights, Small Cities: Successful Large-Scale Revitalization in Small Communities

Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Bill Niquette, project developer for the City of Winooski, Vermont’s $250 million downtown revitalization effort, will discuss how a mill town of 6,800 forged a public-private partnership to create 1.5 million square feet of pedestrian-scaled, mixed-use development in the heart of its downtown, and how the key elements of their success can be widely applied in other smart growth revitalization efforts in communities of all sizes.
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Free. RSVP not required.


May 29 at the National Capital Planning Commission – 401 9th Street, NW – North Lobby, Suite 500
Designing Complete Streets: How to Create Safe and Efficient Streets for Pedestrians, Bicyclists and Drivers

Tuesday, 6:00 pm Refreshments, 6:30 Program
Michael King, of Nelson/Nygaard Consulting: Pedestrian safety has risen to the top of the political agenda, as one tragic death after another demonstrates that our region’s streets are not safe enough for everyday use. Conventionally, the design and operation decisions for streets and intersections place a priority on moving motor vehicle traffic swiftly.  Other users – pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders – are often only included as an afterthought.  New thinking among transportation professionals is moving toward complete streets or balanced designs that improve the safe and efficient use of streets for everyone, including the most vulnerable.

Join us to learn from Michael King, considered one of the country’s leading experts on innovative street and intersection design.  Mr. King will share his experience and research from around the world on innovative approaches to safe streets that work for all users.
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Free. RSVP (attendance only): 202-244-4408 ext 114, or victor(at)smartergrowth.net.