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RC Forum: Dreadful or Delightful? Let's Talk Density. Thursday, March 5, 2009

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  • irvin dawid
    Should density be a dirty word? PLEASE JOIN US! Delightful Density: Strategies for Comfort, Convenience and Choice in the Cities of the New Reality Dan Zack
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 23, 2009
      Should density be a dirty word?



      Delightful Density:

      Strategies for Comfort, Convenience and Choice in the Cities of the New Reality


      Dan Zack

      Thursday, March 5, 2009


      The Little Fox Theatre, Downtown Redwood City, 2209 Broadway

      $10.00 fee payable at door



      Downtown revitalization specialist DAN ZACK, AICP will be speaking at “The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City Design” on THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009, from 6:00 - 7:45pm!  Don’t miss this intriguing presentation on Delightful Density:

      Strategies for Comfort, Convenience and Choice in the Cities of the New Reality.”


      Should density be a dirty word? Or can it be delightful? Mr. Zack will examine this question and make a case for density in the right places. He will demonstrate how appropriate density can help with goals such as lowering household vehicle miles travelled (VMT), increasing transit viability, spurring downtown retail, and increasing cultural amenities and social opportunities. Mr. Zack will also discuss the changing preferences of the market, which now has a significant number of people craving denser environments, and how that market segment is underserved.


      Mr. Zack will take a close look at designing dense development properly. Unloved dense places aren't unloved because they are dense, say’s Mr. Zack, but rather because they are poorly designed. He will reverse-engineer the most-loved dense places, and propose rules-of-thumb for doing density right. In discussing well-designed density, he will pay particularly close attention to the folly of applying suburban treatments to denser projects.


      Finally, Mr. Zack will address how to get good density built. He will discuss how we can make this happen in the age of zoning, NIMBYs, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), hostile streets, and other obstacles, and he will share successful examples from around the nation, so that we can learn from them and apply their lessons learned to our own communities.


      About Dan Zack

      Dan Zack, AICP is the Downtown Development Coordinator for the City of Redwood City, California. Mr. Zack specializes in downtown revitalization, parking management, and urban design.


      Mr. Zack received his BA from California State University, Fresno where he majored in geography with an emphasis on city planning, and minored in urban studies. He began his career in Fresno, where he worked on regional transportation plans, neighborhood design guidelines, and downtown revitalization. In 2003, Mr. Zack joined the City of Redwood City because of the exciting direction their downtown was taking. He is currently working on implementation of a new form-based code, the creation of new downtown housing, and various urban design issues in the downtown district. In addition to other accomplishments, Mr. Zack worked on the first implementation of the innovative performance-based parking system advocated by UCLA professor Donald Shoup.


      Mr. Zack has spoken extensively about parking management, downtown revitalization, transit-oriented development, and New Urbanism to groups such as the American Planning Association, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), the California Public Parking Association, the California League of Cities, and the Local Government Commission, among others. He has also written on planning matters for the website Planetizen.


      About The Forum

      The Forum at Redwood City is held on the first Thursday of each month, from October through May. Communities By Design (CBD), a local nonprofit, and the City of Redwood City jointly produce the Forum, with assistance from Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc. (MIG). The fee for the Forum is $10 (payable at the door, checks or cash). The Forum is held at the Little Fox Theatre, located at 2209 Broadway in Redwood City. Doors open at 5:30pm. (Please note that due to State regulations, attendance at the Fox Theatre is limited to persons over 21.) The presentation and discussion is followed by an optional, no-host dinner at a nearby restaurant in downtown Redwood City. A flier for the event is attached.


      Transportation: For those arriving by car, there is plenty of parking available within a comfortable walk of the Little Fox Theatre. Transit is also a great option, as the Little Fox is also only 2 blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain Station.


      If you need any additional information, please contact Dan Zack at the City of Redwood City at (650) 780-7363 or dzack@....


      PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT! Please share this information with your colleagues who might be interested in attending. 


      For summaries of past Forums, visit http://www.redwoodcity.org/forum


      Please join us on March 5th!




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