Saturday, February 28, 2009

Presentation: Emerging Challenges to Suburban Communities in the 21st Century

Invitation from City of Raleigh:

Emerging Challenges to Suburban Communities in the 21st Century

March 11, 2009

6:00 p.m. check in and registration
6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. program

The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Fletcher Opera Theater, Downtown Raleigh, NC

Free and Open to the Public

Please register to attend.

Starting in the 1940s and then accelerating in the 1980s, Raleigh developed as a suburban city. How should Raleigh’s development pattern change to respond to the 21st century challenges of housing choice and transportation mobility?

Get answers to your questions:
What are the national trends?
What does the private market want today?
What does the public sector need to do?
What examples are there of cities that have adapted to the new realities?

Christopher Leinberger, a land use strategist and developer, combines an understanding of business realities with a concern for our nation's social and environmental issues. Currently, Mr. Leinberger is a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He focuses on research and practice that help transform traditional and suburban downtowns and other places that provide “walkable urbanism”, as well as research and practice that implements the Brookings’ Blueprint for American Prosperity initiative in metropolitan areas throughout the country. Please refer to

Mr. Leinberger is also a Professor of Practice and Director of the Graduate Real Estate Development Program at the University of Michigan. This program trains the next generation of real estate developers in the building of sustainable walkable urban places. The Program is a joint venture of the Ross Business School, law school and the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, where it is housed. Please refer to

Mr. Leinberger is a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism/transit-oriented development and consulting firm dedicated to land stewardship and building a sense of community.

See for Chris Leinberger’s articles, news, and his most recent book: The Option of Urbanism.

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