April 28, 2011, Halifax, NS – Guest speakers David Donnelly and Bruce Lourie will discuss managing urban sprawl and why it matters to Downtown at this year’s 10th Anniversary Carmichael Lecture, presented by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) in partnership with the Ecology Action Centre. The Lecture will take place on Thursday, May 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, in the Atlantic Ballroom of the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, 1181 Hollis Street. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
“As HRM continues to grow, so do the challenges of balancing Downtown revitalization, regional growth, transportation, and environmental and economic sustainability,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “What we build and where we build it dictate all of these things.”
2011 will see a review of HRM’s Regional Plan, the development plan that allows and guides future growth of the municipality. HRM’s challenges around transportation, sprawl, lack of Downtown redevelopment, as well as failing to meet environmental and fiscal goals indicates that HRM needs to change how it has been growing.
David Donnelly and Bruce Lourie were instrumental in establishing Greater Toronto’s Greenbelt, which will have a major impact on how that city reinvigorates its downtown, resists sprawl, and protects its local food source. They will be here to challenge HRM on how it moves forward, and to actually embrace smart growth.
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