The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and Indiana
University Kokomo have announced that Jeff Speck, smart growth advocate and
author of best-selling planning and design book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time,
will visit Kokomo for a 2-day workshop and public presentation May 23 through
24. During his visit, residents will have the opportunity to learn more about
walkability initiatives and how communities can leverage these investments.
Speck will begin his
visit on Monday, May 23 with a tour of downtown Kokomo accompanied by city and
county leaders and downtown patrons, followed by a public reception at IU
Kokomo’s Upper Alumni Hall from 5:30 to 6:15. Attendees are invited to view
Speck’s presentation in Kresge Auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and take part in
a question and answer session at its conclusion. To cap off his visit, Speck
will hold a small group workshop for city planning participants at IU Kokomo on
Tuesday, May 24.
“As we continue to
revitalize our beautiful downtown district, we’ve dedicated much of our efforts
and resources to put into practice many of the design principles that Mr. Speck
advocates for in his work,” explains Alliance President and CEO Charlie Sparks.
“Having a world-renowned urban design expert share his insight first-hand is an
incredible opportunity for us, and I hope that our residents will attend his
presentation to better understand the many environmental, financial, and health
benefits that a walkable city can create.”
Speck, a city planner
and urban designer by trade, advocates for smart design and sustainable growth
initiatives in cities around the world. He has served in a variety of urban
planning and design roles in his career, including a position on the Sustainability
Task Force of the US Department of Homeland Security, as well as his current
role as a contributing editor of architectural design magazine Metropolis. His most recent work, Walkable City, was the best-selling
planning and design title of 2013.
Residents can find
copies of Walkable City available for
check-out at Kokomo-Howard County Public Library locations or online at www.khcpl.org. For more information
about Jeff Speck’s works, please visit www.jeffspeck.com.