Suburban Retrofit Panel at Lincoln Institute May 6

Suburban Retrofit Panel at Lincoln Institute May 6

Title:  Our Suburban Futures: Retrofitting Strategies

Panelists:  Ellen Dunham-Jones, Lynn Richards, Dan Slone

Date:  Monday, May 6, 2013 at 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM

Location:  Lincoln House - 113 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

As a follow-up to the April Lincoln Lecture by Lynn Richards (2012-2013 Lincoln Loeb Fellow), the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Loeb Fellowship present a discussion with Richards, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Dan Slone and Neil Brenner to further explore suburban retrofit issues. 

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. For questions, call (888) 845-8759.

Thousands of abandoned or under utilized properties in first and second ring suburbs represent a significant opportunity to leverage public infrastructure investments in transportation, parks, schools, and utilities and to revitalize under performing suburban landscapes. The three panelists will discuss strategies local governments implement to transform their underperforming auto-dominated landscapes into vibrant, pedestrian-scaled prosperous neighborhoods.

Ellen Dunham-Jones is professor and coordinator of the MSUD at the Georgia Institute of Technology, chair of the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism and an expert on suburban redevelopment. She is co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs.

Dan Slone, a partner at McGuireWoods, has years of experience helping local governments around the country put together suburban retrofit public-private partnerships to discuss emerging trends and strategies. He coauthored A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development. 

Neil Brenner is professor of urban theory at the GSD and the coordinator of the newly founded Urban Theory Lab. His writing and teaching focus on the theoretical, conceptual and methodological dimensions of urban questions. Brenner is the author of New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood.

Lynn Richards is a policy maker at the EPA who has played a major role in building path-breaking linkages and coordinating funding among HUD, DOT, EPA and other agencies that have impact on the built and natural environment. 

One Response to Suburban Retrofit Panel at Lincoln Institute May 6

  1. Glenn Weiss says:

    Loeb Fellows: I am seeking texts, images, etc that understand methods of successful physical interventions into suburban counties. (Suburban territories where residents and businesses do not really interact much with the urban center. For example: Broward County, Florida, Orange County, California, southeastern King County, Washington, etc.) These interventions are anything EXCEPT making town centers. The physical interventions should contribute to the social strength and health of the communities. Thanks. Glenn Weiss.

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