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The Forum at Redwood City Continues with Timely Presentation on "Transit Oriented Development"

Redwood City, CA - January 23, 2004 - The City of Redwood City and the non-profit “Communities by Design” announced today the speaker for the February 4th session of the Forum at Redwood City. Ms. Shelly Poticha, Executive Director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) will speak on the Center’s first publication, The New Transit Town, which examines the first generation of these new TOD communities, highlighting best practices and deriving lessons for the next generation.

Transit-oriented development aims to reduce family transportation expenses, increase the share of walking and transit trips, and generate revenue for developers, cities and transit agencies. Yet the lack of a well-defined TOD product or delivery system has meant that many projects have failed to live up to expectations and that successful projects are the exception rather than the rule. Ms. Poticha will provide insight and perspective on these issues as they affect local development and downtown revitalization efforts, such as those in Redwood City.

The Forum will take 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.

On the first Wednesday of each month, the Forum at Redwood City will bring 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 (

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Contact: Tom Passanisi
Principal Planner




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