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Redwood City Forum: Can streetcars stimulate development? January 8, 6PM

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  • Hilary Nixon
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    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 19, 2008
      > Development Oriented Transit:
      > The Portland Streetcar
      > Rick Gustafson
      > Thursday, January 8, 2009
      > 6:00pm
      > The Little Fox Theatre, Downtown Redwood City, 2209 Broadway
      > $10.00 fee payable at door
      > Chief Operating Officer for the Portland Streetcar RICK GUSTAFSON
      > will be speaking at �The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing
      > Conversation on City Design� on THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009, from 6:00
      > - 7:45pm! Don�t miss this informative presentation on�DEVELOPMENT
      > In the 1960s, the City of Portland, like many other cities
      > throughout the U.S., was threatened by loss of residents, businesses
      > and capital. Suburban housing developments, shopping areas, and
      > business parks were draining the vitality from the city center.
      > Today, however, Portland�s central city is one of the most admired
      > in North America. Many things contributed to this turnaround, but
      > one key factor was an emphasis on transit and cooperative planning
      > for transportation and land uses.
      > The Portland Streetcar, which is owned and operated by the City of
      > Portland, has been a model for the rest of the country. It was
      > designed to fit the scale and traffic patterns of the neighborhoods
      > through which it travels. Streetcar vehicles run in mixed traffic
      > and, except at platform stops, accommodate existing curbside parking
      > and loading.
      > Portland�s goals for the streetcar include: linking neighborhoods
      > with a convenient and attractive transportation alternative; fitting
      > the scale and traffic patterns of existing neighborhoods; providing
      > quality service to attract new transit ridership; reducing short
      > inner-city auto trips, parking demand, traffic congestion and air
      > pollution; and encouraging development of more housing & businesses
      > in Central Portland.
      > As a result of the Portland�s commitment to finance and operate a
      > streetcar, it has experienced economic growth, higher density
      > development, trip reduction and improvements in the carbon
      > footprint. Come hear the Chief Operating Officer for the Portland
      > Streetcar talk about the implementation of a streetcar circulator
      > used in Portland to spur $3.5 billion in private investment in new
      > development in Central Portland. The presentation will address
      > issues related to the efforts to link the new streetcar line with
      > adjacent development.
      > Join us to hear more about the Portland experience and learn lessons
      > that can be applied in our own communities.
      > About Rick Gustafson
      > Rick Gustafson is a Principal and Vice President of Shiels Obletz
      > Johnsen, which is a project management firm with offices in Portland
      > andSeattle. Mr. Gustafson holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from
      > Yale University and a Masters Degree in Urban Economics fromWayne
      > State University.
      > Mr. Gustafson has had a wide variety of experiences and expertise in
      > the urban transportation field. His initial education was as a
      > Research Economist for General Motors Corporation where he explored
      > travel demand theory and travel behavior. He published over 25
      > technical journal articles relating travel behavior modeling and
      > projections.
      > Mr. Gustafson was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in
      > 1975, serving on the Ways and Means Committee for two terms and
      > Chairing the Transportation Subcommittee. In 1978, he was elected as
      > Metro�s first Executive Officer, a post he held until 1986. Mr.
      > Gustafson was a key political leader in supporting the first light
      > rail in Portland which has proven to be very successful.
      > In 1994, Mr. Gustafson was retained by the City of Portland to
      > prepare the Central City Transportation Management Plan (CCTMP). The
      > purpose of the CCTMP was to expand the parking policies of the
      > downtown to the entire area of the Central City of Portland. The
      > project involved considerable modeling evaluation, air quality,
      > transit circulation and parking policies. The CCTMP was successfully
      > implemented in 1996.
      > In 1990, Shiels Obletz Johnsen was retained by the City of Portland
      > to investigate the potential for development of a streetcar system
      > that would support a higher density of development in the Central
      > City. The Portland Streetcar Project was developed and Portland
      > Streetcar, Inc. (PSI) non-profit corporation was contracted by the
      > City of Portland to design, build, operate and maintain the
      > streetcar. Mr. Gustafson was retained by PSI to serve as Chief
      > Operating Officer in 1999. The operations of the streetcar began in
      > 2001. Mr. Gustafson is now the Executive Director and Chief
      > Operating Officer for Portland Streetcar.
      > 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 January 8th!
      > Dan
      > Dan Zack, AICP
      > Downtown Development Coordinator
      > Community Development Services Department
      > City of Redwood City
      > 1017 Middlefield Road
      > Redwood City CA, 94063
      > 650-780-7363
      > dzack@...
      > www.redwoodcity.org/downtown

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