Forum at Redwood City: Using the Dark Arts of Development to Create Great Places: A Practitioner's Guide
Don’t miss this special edition of The Forum at Redwood City, where developer John Anderson will teach us why we are so often disappointed by development and how to get a better product.
Using the ‘Dark Arts’ of Development to Create Great Places: A Practitioner’s Guide
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
$10.00 fee payable at door
NO RSVP REQUIRED
New Urbanist Developer JOHN ANDERSON will be speaking at “The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City Design” on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2006, from 6:00 - 7:45pm! Don’t miss this exciting presentation on “Using the Dark Arts of Development to Create Great Places: A Practitioner’s Guide.”
Ever wonder why developers keep building sprawl? Why do so many of them 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 they build more townhouses? Why don’t more developers use the nifty PUD process? Or take on the public works director, or the fire marshal, or the city attorney? Why would a great project confuse an appraiser?
For answers to these and other compelling questions (and a lot of humor), come hear Mr. Anderson’s engaging presentation.
Mr. Anderson will be sharing a case study of the Doe Mill Neighborhood (click here for a sneak preview), a modest 20-acre project in the Central Valley that fulfills its city's general plan while breaking all the rules in the zoning and development codes. He will present a developer and builder's reasons for better building design, better urban design, mixed use, affordable housing and narrow streets. He will share his experience of “putting your money where your smart growth principles are.”
R. John Anderson is the VP of Planning and Design for New Urban Builders of Chico, California, which is currently building infill and greenfield traditional neighborhood development (TND) projects in Chico and Redding, California. Mr. Anderson’s responsibilities include site planning and urban design from conceptual work through final engineering and improvement plans, as well as product development for buildings constructed and sold by New Urban Builders. Mr. Anderson has 30 years experience in construction, design, and development and presents a practical and candid approach to building good places.
We invite you to join the region’s top planners, architects, designers and community leaders as they gather in Redwood City on January 4th for an exciting evening of engaging presentation and lively dialogue.
About The Forum
The Forum at Redwood City is jointly produced by Communities By Design (CBD), a local nonprofit, and the City of Redwood City, with assistance from Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc. (MIG). The fee for the Forum is $10 (payable at the door, checks or cash). The Forum will be 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 Little Fox Theatre is limited to persons over 21.) The presentation and discussion will be followed by an optional, no-host dinner with the speaker at a nearby restaurant in downtown Redwood City.
Transportation: For those arriving by car, there is plenty of parking available within a comfortable walk of the Little Fox (Click here for parking information). Transit is also a great option, as the Little Fox is also only 2 blocks from the Redwood City Caltrain Station. For Caltrain schedule information, click here. Click here for a map of the area.
If you need any additional information, please contact Dan Zack at the City of Redwood City at (650) 780-7363 or dzack@...
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The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City Design continues the FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, now through May 2006. We hope to see you on January 4th
Dan Zack, AICP
Downtown Development Coordinator
City of Redwood City, Redevelopment Division
1017 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
"Really good downtowns are congested. Stop worrying about it and pray for it."