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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

The Forum at Redwood City Presents:
“Using the ‘Dark Arts of Development’ to Create Great Places: A Practitioner’s Guide”

Redwood City, CA - December 19, 2005 - Mr. John Anderson, Vice President of Planning and Design for New Urban Builders of Chico, California, is the guest speaker at The Forum @ Redwood City on Wednesday, January 4, 2006 from 6 to 7:45 pm at the Little Fox Theater in Redwood City.

With a great dose of humor and an unparalleled depth of understanding, Mr. Anderson’s presentation will explain the concept of “Using the ‘Dark Arts of Development’ to Create Great Places: A Practitioner’s Guide.

Mr. Anderson will answer these compelling questions:

  • Why do developers keep building sprawl?
  • Why do they put a garage or a parking lot in front of a perfectly good building? 
  • Wouldn 't “infill” be cheaper to build than new “ greenfield” construction? 
  • Why don’t developers build more townhouses?
  • Why would a great project confuse an appraiser?

His presentation will include a case study of the Doe Mill Neighborhood, a 20-acre project that fulfills its city 's general plan while “breaking all the rules” in the zoning and development codes. His experience of “putting your money where your smart growth principles are” will shed light on reasons for better building design, better urban design, mixed use, affordable housing, and narrow streets. 

Mr. Anderson’s 30 years of experience includes site planning and urban design from conceptual work through final engineering and improvement plans, product development for buildings, construction, design, and development, and his practical and candid approach to building good places.

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 brings nationally-known speakers and presenters to Downtown Redwood City for in-depth dialogues on city design issues, providing 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.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning 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:
Dan Zack
Downtown Development Manager
650-780-7363

 
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