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The Forum at Redwood City Presents: Creating and Managing a Thriving Downtown Entertainment District

Redwood City, CA - October 27 , 2005 - Join Redwood City and local non-profit Communities by Design for a Forum on one of today’s most exciting, relevant, and visible subjects: creating and managing a vibrant downtown with a thriving entertainment district.

Don’t miss this Forum on Wednesday November 2nd, 2005 at 6:00 pm featuring Jim Peters, founder and president of the Responsible Hospitality Institute. Peters is a leading authority on legal and social trends impacting entertainment districts, such as the late-night habits of Gen Xers, the newly increasing nightlife participation of Baby Boomers, and the funky preferences of Generation Y and the creative class. Mr. Peters is a dynamic presenter with lots of insight into successful downtowns and entertainment districts, and his expertise has great relevance to Redwood City.

Through his work as a nightclub owner, a student of demographic changes, and a consultant to the hospitality industry, Mr. Peters has learned, and will share, the answers to key questions, such as:

  • When do you pick up the trash in an entertainment zone that is also a residential area? (Hint: not at 5 am).

  • How do downtown merchants capitalize on a mixed-use location to compete with the “big boxes?”

  • How do you police a multi-use area utilized by office workers, empty nesters, and skateboarders?

  • What do your zoning codes need to include to ensure that entertainment, shopping, dining, workplaces, and housing can coexist peacefully?

This promises to be a most interesting and pertinent Forum, great for anyone interested in our downtown renaissance.

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.

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Dan Zack
Downtown Development Manager
650-780- 7363

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