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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

The Forum at Redwood City Presents: Parking Expert Doug Kolozsvari Discussing “The High Cost of Free Parking”

Redwood City, CA - March 30 , 2005 - The City of Redwood City and local non-profit training and education organization Communities by Design have scheduled another exciting educational forum on urban design. On Wednesday, April 6th, 6:00 to 7:45 pm, parking expert Doug Kolozsvari will be speaking on “The High Cost of Free Parking,” which promises to be a fascinating discussion on the latest thinking and cutting-edge research in developing parking policies, especially in downtown areas.

According to Mr. Kolozsvari, the time has come to take a holistic approach to parking policy that treats parking as a valued resource. His talk on April 6th will examine the theories that “free parking” almost always has an associated cost and can actually hurt businesses, the local transportation system and the environment. In addition, he’ll discuss the opportunities to overcome political obstacles and leverage existing parking supplies through innovative parking policies. City Planners and downtown merchants will be interested in hearing about concepts of charging for on-street parking and using the resulting revenue to improve the commercial district where the revenue was generated, while attracting more paying customers, as well as theories of pricing on-street parking so that the most convenient spots are available for customers, while longer-term parking needs are shifted to off-street parking locations.

Doug Kolozsvari is an Environmental Planner for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), with a Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in Urban Planning with a specialization in transportation policy

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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