Saturday, September 13, 2008

New Season of Urban Sustainability Forums Kicks Off With Auspicious Livable Streets Affair

Making Philadelphia a city that promotes people as much as it does cars

In case you were not already aware, the Urban Sustainability Forums that take place monthly at the Academy of Natural Sciences are fricking terrific.
The Urban Sustainability Forum is more than just a monthly series of presentations featuring the best local, national and international experts in many different fields.

It is, beyond that, a place where people gather, exchange information, and network — all with the goal of making Philadelphia the greenest, most livable and most sustainable city in America.

And now, after a brief summer hiatus, the forum series returns this month without missing a beat.

They’re kicking off the 2008/09 season with a doozy — a forum about bringing truly livable streets to Philadelphia.
Taking Back Our Streets: Cars, People and Pavement

Please join us for the first Urban Sustainability Forum of the 2008/2009 season, as we rethink the way land is used in the city.

This month’s speakers will explore how to better utilize the large amounts of urban space now dedicated to automobiles and how to turn cities into places that promote people as much as they do cars.

Sounds downright logical.

Especially since this is something that Mayor Nutter and Deputy Mayor For Transportation Rina Cutler have professed a commitment to. It's time they start doing something about it.
Featured speakers will be:

Pamela H. Zimmerman, AIA, LEED-AP- Brawer & Hauptman, Architects and organizer of Park(ing) Day Philadelphia
Robert Allen - Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Gary Toth - Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives with the Project for Public Spaces (PPS).
You can RSVP to attend here.

Oh. And it's timed conveniently on the eve of PARK(ing) Day.
The September forum takes place the evening before National PARK(ing) Day, when activists, artists, architects, and other citizens will transform metered parking spaces into public parks for the day.

This annual, nationwide event celebrates the value of city parks and promotes the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces.
PARK(ing) Day, as you may have heard, is going to be a great time.

Related:
Urban Sustainability Forum Presents: Taking Back Our Streets—Cars, People, and Pavement [ Pennsylvania Environmental Council ]
Town Square Forums at the Academy of Natural Sciences [ Official Site ]
Streets as Places Initiative [ Project for Public Spaces ]

Previously:
PARK(ing) Day Coming To Philadelphia, September 18, 2008

[ Images via Plan Philly ]

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