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    anchor1408004Preserving the American Dream of Mobility and Homeownership A conference to be held February 23-25, 2003 Washington, DC
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 23, 2003
      anchor1408004Preserving the American Dream

      of Mobility and Homeownership

      A conference to be held February 23-25, 2003

      Washington, DC


      Congestion, unaffordable housing, and restrictions on property rights
      increasingly threaten the American Dream of mobility and homeownership. This
      conference will bring together dozens of experts with scores of
      professionals and activists working to protect freedom, mobility, and
      livability in their home cities and regions.

      The conference will help you effectively oppose rail transit boondoggles,
      high-density urban zoning, restrictions on rural property rights, and other
      so-called "smart-growth" policies. The conference also aspires to start a
      new national movement aimed at Preserving the American Dream of mobility and

      * Conference Agenda

      * Confirmed Speakers and Their Affiliations

      * Who Should Attend

      * Conference Co-Sponsors

      * Location

      * Registration

      anchor362991Conference Agenda

      Sunday, February 23

      9:00 am-4:00 pm: Optional Tour of Kentlands, MD, and Other Examples of New

      This optional tour will present some of the the positive and negative
      aspects of New Urbanism and smart growth in the Washington, DC, area. An
      additional fee for transportation and a box lunch will be announced as soon
      as possible.

      5:00-7:00 pm: Registration and Reception

      7:00-9:00 pm: The Great Debate: Are New Urbanism and Smart Growth Compatible
      with the American Dream?

      The debate will feature:

      * Andres Duany, architect and town planner, co-author of Suburban
      Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, and
      proponent of neotraditional town planning. Duany and his partner, Elizabeth
      Plater-Zyberk, planned Seaside, Florida; Kentlands, Maryland, and several
      other "New Urban" developments. Some of their work is featured on their
      firm's website <http://www.dpz.com> . <http://www.ti.org/cox.jpg>

      * Wendell Cox, Visiting Professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et
      Metiers, Paris, and Member of Amtrak Reform Council. Mr. Cox is a well-known
      critic of many rail transit and smart-growth proposals and much of his work
      is featured on his publicpurpose.com <http://www.publicpurpose.com> and
      demographia.com <http://www.demographia.com> websites.

      Sessions on Monday morning, Monday afternoon, and Tuesday morning will begin
      with five main speakers before the full group, followed by five workshops
      each featuring one of the main speakers plus up to three additional

      Note: The following table is best viewed in Internet Explorer. Some other
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      invited (Roman face) speakers. If your browser has this problem, see the
      list of confirmed speakers below.

      Monday Morning, February 24: Why Smart Growth Isn't So Smart
      Topics How to Critique a Rail Transit Plan How Smart Growth Makes
      Housing Unaffordable How to Influence a Regional Transportation Plan
      Protecting Open Space without Coercion How To Influence a Regional
      Land-Use Plan
      Main Speakers - 8 to 9:45 am Thomas Rubin Steve Hayward Peter
      Gordon Sam Staley John Charles

      Workshops - 10 am to Noon Michael Cunneen William Fischel
      Bill Eager Nick Parker
      (in addition Wendell Cox Randall Pozdena Kathleen Calongne
      Rick Harrison Mark Dotzour
      to main speaker) Gerard Mildner Ronald Kirby
      Randall Holcombe

      Lunch from Noon to 1:30 featuring Senator James Inhofe (invited)

      Monday Afternoon, February 24: The American Dream Alternative
      Topics How to Reform Transit Agencies How to Maintain Affordable Housing
      How to Reduce Highway Congestion How to Clean the Air How to
      Influence Local Planning
      Main Speakers - 1:30 to 3:15 pm Wendell Cox Gerard Mildner Robert
      Poole Michael Penic Robert Nelson
      Workshops - 3:30 to 5:30 pm Jon Caldara Rick Harrison Ken Orski
      Joel Schwartz Sam Staley
      (in addition Tom Rubin John Weicher Peter Samuel John
      Charles Jim Claus
      to main speaker) Ron Utt Gary Garczynski Patrick
      DeCorla-Souza Pat Callahan

      Tuesday Morning, February 25: Putting a Human Face on the American Dream
      Topics Stopping Wasteful Rail Transit How to Protect Property Rights
      Selling the Idea of Autos & Highways Winning the War of Words
      Grassroots Organizing & Coalition Building
      Main Speakers - 8 to 9:45 am Erica Teasley Michelle Thaxton
      Alan Pisarski Mark Benson Randal O'Toole
      Workshops - 10 am to Noon Kemper Freeman Jim Claus Richard
      Parsons Jane Shaw Bridgett Wagner
      (in addition Stephan Louis Nancie Marzulla Tom Reinheimer
      David Strom Ken Reid
      to main speaker) Eric Rodriguez Rob Atkinson Dave
      Hunnicutt Jay Heiler

      Lunch from Noon to 1:30 featuring Representative Donald Manzullo (invited)

      Tuesday Afternoon, February 25: Strategies to Promote the American Dream

      Tuesday afternoon will begin with roundtable discussions on five different
      topics and will end in time for people to catch late afternoon flights home.

      Topic Running Political Campaigns Holding Regional American Dream
      Conferences Influencing the 2003 Transport Authorization Bill
      Building an American Dream Media Campaign Forming a National American
      Dream Coalition

      Bold face indicates confirmed speakers; other speakers have been invited but
      are not yet confirmed.

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      anchor375467Confirmed Speakers and their Affiliations

      * Rob Atkinson, Progressive Policy <http://www.ppionline.org>

      * Mark Benson, APCO <http://www.apcoworldwide.com>

      * Jon Caldara, Independence <http://www.i2i.org> Institute

      * Pat Callahan, American Association <http://www.aaspo.org> of Small
      Property Owners

      * Kathleen Calongne, traffic
      calming activist

      * John Charles, Cascade Policy <http://www.cascadepolicy.org>

      * Jim Claus, International Sign <http://www.signs.org> Association

      * Michael Cunneen, transportation consultant

      * Wendell Cox, publicpurpose.com <http://www.publicpurpose.com>

      * Patrick DeCorla-Souza, Federal <http://www.fhwa.dot.gov> Highway

      * Andres Duany, architect, Duany-Plater-Zyberk <http://www.dpz.com>

      * Bill Eager, TDA Inc <http://www.tdanet.com> ., transportation

      * William Fischel <http://www.dartmouth.edu/~wfischel/> , Dartmouth

      * Kemper Freeman, Bellevue Square

      * Gary Garczynski, president of the National Association of Home
      Builders <http://www.nahb.org>

      * Peter Gordon <http://www-rcf.usc.edu/~pgordon> , University of
      Southern California

      * Rick Harrison, architect, Rick Harrison Site Design

      * Steve Hayward, American Enterprise <http://www.aei.org> Institute

      * Jay Heiler, APCO <http://www.apcoworldwide.com>

      * Randall <http://www.urbanfutures.org/holcombe.html> Holcombe,
      Florida State University

      * Dave Hunnicutt, Oregonians in <http://www.oia.org> Action

      * Ronald Kirby, director of transportation planning, Metropolitan
      Washington Council of Governments <http://www.mwcog.org>

      * Nancie Marzulla, Defenders of Property Rights

      * Gerard <http://www.upa.pdx.edu/USP/faculty/mildner/index.html>
      Mildner, Portland State University Center for Urban Studies

      * Robert <http://www.puaf.umd.edu/faculty/people/nelsonm.html>
      Nelson, University of Maryland

      * Ken Orski, Innovation <http://www.innobriefs.com> Briefs

      * Randal O'Toole, Thoreau Institute <http://www.ti.org>

      * Nick Parker, Political Economy <http://www.perc.org> Research

      * Richard Parsons, Montgomery County Chamber of
      <http://www.montgomery-chamber.com> Commerce

      * Michael Penic, Parsons-Brinkerhoff <http://www.pbworld.com/>

      * Alan Pisarski <http://alanpisarski.com/> , author of Commuting in

      * Robert Poole, Reason Foundation <http://www.rppi.org>

      * Ken Reid, Rapid Transit Action <http://www.MoveIt.org/> Committee

      * Thomas Rubin, transit consultant

      * Peter Samuel, Tollroads <http://www.tollroads.com/> Newsletter

      * Joel Schwartz, air pollution consultant

      * Jane Shaw, Political Economy Research <http://www.perc.org> Center

      * Sam Staley, Buckeye <http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/> Institute

      * David Strom, Taxpayers <http://www.taxpayersleague.org/> League of

      * Michelle Thaxton, South <http://www.SaveOurLandRights.com> Carolina
      Landowners' Association

      * Ron Utt, Heritage Foundation <http://www.heritage.org/>

      * Bridgett Wagner, Heritage <http://www.heritage.org/> Foundation

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      anchor375064Who Should Attend


      * Professionals whose work contributes to urban mobility and
      livability, including:

      * Homebuilders

      * Realtors

      * Commercial developers

      * Transportation builders

      * Civil engineers

      * Highway users

      * Retailers

      * Opponents of "smart-growth" plans such as:

      * Rail transit boondoggles

      * Neighborhood densification

      * Urban-growth boundaries

      * Traffic "calming" and

      * Other intrusive planning policies

      * Property rights advocates and tax activists;

      * Experts on urban land-use and transportation issues;

      * National, state, regional, and local elected and appointed officials
      who want to protect the livability of their regions by minimizing
      congestion, maintaining affordability, and reducing the cost of urban

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      anchor375961Conference Co-Sponsors

      We want to express our appreciation to the following co-sponsors of
      Preserving the American Dream:

      * American Association of Small Property <http://www.aaspo.org>

      * Buckeye Institute <http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org>

      * Cascade Policy Institute <http://www.cascadepolicy.org>

      * Heartland Institute <http://www.heartland.org>

      * Heritage Foundation <http://www.heritage.org/>

      * Home Builders Association of Central <http://www.hbaca.org> Arizona

      * IndividualLiberty.org <http://www.individualliberty.org>

      * Oregonians in Action <http://www.oia.org>

      * PERC - The Center for Free Market <http://www.perc.org>

      * Reason Foundation <http://www.rppi.org>

      * Steven DeCarlow

      * Taxpayers League of <http://www.taxpayersleague.org/> Minnesota

      * Tennessee Road Builders Association <http://www.trba.org>

      * Thoreau Institute <http://www.ti.org>

      Thanks also to the Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust and the
      Sarah Scaife Foundation for making the conference possible.

      We are seeking additional co-sponsors to help pay the expenses of many of
      the expert speakers we have invited to the conference. If you know of any
      organization that might be willing to sponsor a speaker, please email Randal
      O'Toole <mailto:rot@...> .

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      The conference will be held at the Wyndham City Center Hotel, 1143 New
      Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037. This is an excellent facility
      located within walking distance of the Farragut North and Dupont Circle
      Metro stations. Please call 1-800-WYNDHAM (800-996-3426) to make
      reservations at special "Preserving the American Dream" conference rates.

      Conference rates are $150 per night (plus tax) for either singles or
      doubles, so you can save money by sharing a room. These rates are also
      available three nights before and after the conference if you want to arrive
      early or stay late. Reservations must be made by January 24 2003 to qualify
      for this rate. Be sure to mention you are attending the "Thoreau Preserving
      the American Dream" conference.

      If you stay at the hotel, we recommend you sign up for Wyndham By-Request
      <http://www.wyndham.com/wbrvisitor/join/join.wnt> . This will provide you
      with, among other things, free high-speed internet access during your stay.

      The conference has been scheduled to allow a Sunday arrival and a Tuesday
      evening departure to most destinations. If you wish to arrive sooner or stay
      longer, there is plenty to do in Washington, including visiting the
      Smithsonian, lobbying your Congressional delegation, or collecting data at
      the Department of Transportation Library.

      Washington is conveniently served by three airports: National, Dulles, and
      Baltimore-Washington (BWI). National is the most convenient, but BWI is
      often less expensive, so you may wish to check airfares for all three
      airports. National is directly served by Washington's $12.5 billion Metro
      rail system. Bus transit from BWI and Dulles provides a direct connection to
      Metro rail stations with bus service every 40 to 60 minutes. BWI and Dulles
      also have airporters that are faster and more frequent. Amtrak also has many
      trains to Washington and the beautiful Washington rail station is also
      served by Metro rail.

      (The irony of providing rail transit information for a conference of people
      who question the efficiency of rail transit is not lost on us! Washington's
      Metro rail service is very convenient for tourists. But as noted by
      conference speaker Wendell Cox <http://www.publicpurpose.com/> , the
      Washington area's transit worktrip market share has declined by 18 percent
      and per capita transit rides have declined by 10 percent in the last decade,
      so rail is no panacea.)

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      Please sign me up for the conference on Preserving the American Dream.

      I will pay my registration fee of $199 or $149 (student/low income) through
      PayPal (direct your payment to ti@...) or please send me an invoice and
      I will pay by check

      I want to attend the optional tour on Sunday.

      City: State: Zip:


      Please hit the return key or click the Register button only once per
      registration. Thank you!

      Cancellation policy: Full refunds provided for cancellations before January
      24, 2003; 50 percent refunds for cancellations between January 24 and
      February 17. No refunds after February 17.

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