July 14 , 2008
Great Ideas for Building Livable Communities
Dan Burden, Director, Walkable Communities
Venue: San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio
Dan Burden is a nationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian friendly urban design and is the founder of Walkable Communities, Inc. (www.walkable.org). Dan will discuss some of the best elements of livable communities being developed today including examples of where new tools are being put in place and working to change how residents interact with their built environments. Dan will also incorporate an overview of his observations from a "walking audit" of downtown San Jose and prior experience consulting on varied projects in the SIlicon Valley region. Having examined and photographed more than 200 cities across the nation and abroad, there are few people in the country who know more about creating pedestrian and bicycle friendly communities than Dan. His vision is to assist business and community leaders in their quest to create streets, activity centers, business districts and neighborhoods for people. He brings a message about creating community for people, not just cars.
San Jose Repertory Theater, 6-7 pm
Update 7/11/08: Joining Dan Burden in conversation for Monday’s Great Cities Speakers Series event will be Andy Ball, President/CEO of Webcor Builders. Webcor is the largest general contractor in California and has established a position as a leading builder of large-scale, high-profile projects, including facilities for Oracle, eBay, Lucasfilm, and the California Academy of Sciences. Ball, an avid cyclist, is committed to building strong, sustainable communities.