Join Fred tomorrow, Thursday, June 23, 2011, 8 am to noon, at UMass-Boston Campus Center.  Hosted by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, this conference is the second gathering of leaders building vibrant, welcoming, healthy, and affordable neighborhoods.

Fred Kent

Fred will keynote the conference and is joined by fellow speakers Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; Richard Walker, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Melinda Marble, Barr Foundation; and Lisa Davis, Ford Foundation.   Registration is still open. The event is free but seating is limited.

Placemaking for Smart Growth

In recent months PPS has been called on to keynote another Smart Growth Conference in Traverse City, Michigan- which is part of the larger shift in Michigan toward a Place-based agenda.  Check out videos from all the keynotes at the Smart Growth conference in Traverse City, including an interview with Fred.

Placemaking provides the tools to achieve smart growth outcomes.  Learn more about Placemaking for Smart Growth, including the benefits of applying a Placemaking approach to Smart Growth:

  • Brings in new and “unlikely” partners
  • Identifies short–term opportunities that are small scale and cost effective
  • Leverages existing infrastructure and assets, funding and projects
  • Builds community partnerships, grassroots support and capacity for implementation
  • Transforms the way we think of the role of our streets, parks, public buildings, farmers markets, and new development.
  • Attracts commitment and investment for bold new visions
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