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The Forum at Redwood City Presents: Great Streets and Great Boulevards Lead to Great Cities

Redwood City, CA - September 26, 2005 - The City of Redwood City and local non-profit training and education organization Communities by Design are kicking off the fall schedule of The Forum@Redwood City, with special guest speaker Allan Jacobs. On Wednesday, October 5th from 6 – 7:45 pm, this well-known author, professor and city planning expert will discuss “Great Cities, Great Streets: Insights into Successful City Planning.”

Please join us for a provocative look into the role of great streets and great boulevards in great cities.

Allan Jacobs has studied the best examples of streets and boulevards from all over the world in order to explore what makes great public streets, and his book, “Great Streets,” is a text that is used universally by students and practitioners. Mr. Jacobs will discuss how streets and boulevards respond to many issues that are central to urban life, including livability, mobility, safety, interest, economic opportunity, mass transit and open space.

A member of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley since 1975, Mr. Jacobs also taught at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of four books and is best known for his publications and extensive research in the field of urban design. He served as the Director of Planning for the City and County of San Francisco from 1967-1975, and prior to that worked in the cities of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Cleveland, Ohio and Calcutta, India. He now works as a consultant designing streets and boulevards, including the just-opened Octavia Boulevard in San Francisco.

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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