2007-01-02, 10:33

Smart growth conference in L.A.

By: Jonathan Groner
The Smart Growth Network, http://www.smartgrowth.org/default.asp, defines smart growth as growth that "is more town-centered, is transit and pedestrian oriented, and has a greater mix of housing, commercial and retail uses. It also preserves open space and many other environmental amenities."

The network is promoting the Sixth Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, Feb. 8-10, 2007.

Sponsors of the conference include the Urban Land Institute, the Fannie Mae Foundation, Forest City Development, the EPA, and many others. Among the interesting topics on the three-day agenda are: "From City to Suburb: Urbanity Embraced," "Smart AND Green: LEED for Neighborhood Development and Municipal Green Building Programs," and "Turning Bases Into Great Places," regarding former military bases.

Organizers say the conference will draw participation from "local elected officials, city and county staff, landscape architects, developers and builders, planners, transportation professionals and traffic engineers, public health professionals, architects, bankers, crime prevention professionals, realtors, urban designers, parks and recreation professionals, environmentalists, advocates for older adults and youth, bicycle and pedestrian advocates, advocates for social equity and affordable housing, labor representatives, and all others committed to building safer, healthier, and more livable communities everywhere."

The registration fee is in the $300 range, depending on category. Registration deadline is Jan. 26, 2007. This sounds interesting.

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