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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America [Lecture]

November 5, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Jeff Speck, author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save American One Step at a Time,” is an international advocate for smart growth and sustainable design. He is an internationally known city planner and architectural designer. Speck has worked with hundreds of city plans including Seaside and Rosemary Beach. This is a public event. Attire is business casual. A book signing will be held following the lecture. Books will be available for purchase at the event.


Jeff Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than forty of the firm’s projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His new book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, is now available in print, digital, and audio format. 

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November 5, 2013
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center
620 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 United States
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(205) 345-2787


Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility
(205) 348-6490
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