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Smart Growth on the Suburban Edge

UCR Center to Host Conference on Suburban Development

Many Experts to Bring Ideas, Perspectives to Event at Mission Inn

(January 14, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- A conference titled “Smart Growth on the Edge: Suburban Planning and Development for the Next 20 Years,” set for Friday, Jan. 21, at the Mission Inn, will put the emphasis on the outskirts.

Organizers say the daylong event, hosted by UC Riverside’s Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, will focus on ideas raised by the Smart Growth movement, and how those principles apply to expanding suburban areas.

“Inland Southern California faces tremendous population growth over the next few decades. The area wants to grow smartly, and the conference will shine some light on whether the urban-based principles of the Smart Growth movement can be applied to suburban development at the fringes of metropolitan regions,” said Andy McCue, the Center’s managing director.

“The conference will present the freshest ideas and tremendous background to help us analyze this region, and other fast-growing suburban regions,” he said.
Conference planners say they hope to encourage lively discussion among their target audience, which includes elected officials, city, county and regional staff members, developers, members of community groups, academics, architects and consultants across the real estate, planning and development industries.

The featured speaker will be Sunne Wright McPeak, California’s secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, which is the state’s largest agency. Her 16 departments include Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Corporations. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to the cabinet-level post in November of 2003.

More than 20 other experts on suburbia are scheduled to participate, including: Peter Calthorpe, named one of 25 "innovators on the cutting edge" by Newsweek for his work redefining the models of urban and suburban growth; Robert E. Lang, the founding Director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, which studies key forces shaping metropolitan growth; and Dowell Myers, Professor of Urban Planning and Demography at USC.

Early registration for the conference, which includes a luncheon, costs $95. Registration will cost $125 after Jan. 6. For more information, call (951) 827-7830.

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