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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

January’s "Forum at Redwood City" Features Michael Freedman, Nationally Renowned in the Field of City Design and Planning

Redwood City, CA - December 16, 2003 -The City of Redwood City and the non-profit “Communities by Design” announced today the speaker for the January 7th session of the Forum at Redwood City. Mr. Michael Freedman, Principal and Founder of Freedman,Tung & Bottomley City Design & Town Planning, will speak on the subject, “Beyond Business Parks – The Workplace District in the 21st Century.”

During the technology and dot-com boom in the Bay Area, campus-style business parks became the norm. Despite attractive landscaping, convenient parking, jogging paths, and other amenities, questions have arisen about their long-term desirability and sustainability. With their low density, inefficient land use, and separation from housing, commercial uses, and other businesses, the business park is overdue for a fresh evaluation. In light of this, Mr. Freedman’s discussion will examine new workplace concepts for the 21st century.

Mr. Freedman and his urban design firm specialize in infill development master plans, corridor and district redevelopment strategies, specific plans, design guidelines, transit station and station-area plans, streetscapes, plaza design, and open spaces. He and his firm have assisted countless communities in establishing strategies for beneficial change, joining economic and social goals with a clear vision for attractive town centers, neighborhoods, and public places.

The Forum takes place on Wednesday, January 7th 2004 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Little Fox Theater, 2209 Broadway, in downtown Redwood City. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. An optional no-host dinner with the presenter and other participants will be held following the Forum for those wishing to continue the discussion.

Taking place on the first Wednesday of each month, the Forum at Redwood City is a series of educational forums for city leaders and urban design professionals. The Forum brings nationally-known speakers and presenters to Downtown Redwood City for in-depth dialogues on city design issues. By bringing together local government officials from throughout the Bay Area, as well as planners, urban designers, architects, and other professionals in the urban design field, these forums are intended to educate and foster discussion on new and emerging concepts in city planning and design. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. The Forum at Redwood City is co-sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments (www.abag.org).

Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contact: Tom Passanisi
Principal Planner
650-780-7234

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