National expert on city planning and design to speak on Manchester’s future challenges

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Jeff Speck
Jeff Speck

MANCHESTER, NH – An evening with Jeff Speck, city planner and the author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time,” is set for November 9, 6:30-9 p.m. at New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. He served as Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, where he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl.

Prior to joining the Endowment, Speck spent 10 years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed more than 40 of the firm’s projects. He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual. He is a contributing editor to Metropolis Magazine, and sits on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Speck will give a presentation that addresses the challenges Manchester faces as it works toward becoming a cultural destination.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sunny Dadian.

Parking & Directions Parking is available on street and at the Center of NH, Radisson Hotel garage.

Date: November 9, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Venue: NH Institute of Art/French Building, 148 Concord Street

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