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Coming in October to The Forum at Redwood City: “From Failed Shopping Center to Successful Neighborhood”

Redwood City, CA - September 16, 2004 - The City of Redwood City and local non-profit training and education organization Communities by Design, will be holding another exciting educational forum on urban design on Wednesday, October 6, from 6:00 to 7:45 pm in Redwood City. The October installment in this exceptional and informative series features a presentation by Victor Dover, a nationally-recognized town planner and urban designer and a Charter Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, on: Transforming Failed Shopping Centers Into Successful Neighborhoods.

Mr. Dover is a dynamic and engaging speaker who lectures across the country on livable communities and sustainable development. On October 6th, he will share his ideas for making town centers from old malls. Across the country, an aging generation of shopping malls and strip centers is in steep decline. These obsolete properties (“greyfields”) are often logical choices for infill and mixed-use town centers, a win-win scenario for developers, citizen activists, and the environment. Come learn about Dover Kohl’s cutting-edge work in south Florida and Chattanooga, Tennessee and discuss how these concepts might be applied here.

The Forum takes place 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.

The Forum at Redwood City brings nationally-known speakers and presenters to Downtown Redwood City for in-depth dialogues on city design issues. The Forum provides an on-going venue for professional-level education and dialogue about urban design issues, today’s hottest urban design topics, and most cutting-edge techniques. 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 (

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Dan Zack
Downtown Development Manager
650-780- 7363

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