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Two Lectures on Urbanism This Week

6. October 2004 • Brandon
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There will be two public lectures dealing with issues of vibrant cities and smart growth this week at the Art and Architecture Building on North Campus, sponsored by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning:

1. Public Lecture: “Cool Cities, Smart Growth, and New Urbanism,” by John Norquist. This Thursday, October 7, 5:30 p.m., in the Art & Architecture auditorium. John Norquist is the former mayor of Milwaukee and the current president of the Congress for New Urbanism. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. Norquist has overseen a revision of the city’s zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city’s 3.1-mile Riverwalk. He has drawn widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway, clearing the way for an anticipated $250 million in infill development in the heart of Milwaukee.

2. Public Lecture: “Using the Political Process to Create Magnet Cities,” by Marcy Kaptur. This Friday, October 8, 5:30 p.m. in the Art & Architecture auditorium. Marcy Kaptur is a U.S. Congress member from Ohio’s Ninth District and an alumna of the Urban and Regional Planning Program (M.U.P. 1974). She is being honored with this year’s Alumni Award of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.