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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Creative Community Planning

Monticello Road is a fascinating combination of planning, organic historic development and spontaneous citizen intervention.

The Monticello Road community series continues on Tuesday, April 17, from 7-9 p.m. with a panel discussion on community and neighborhood planning. The event, which is part of AIA Architecture Week, is hosted by the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.

Lance Hosey (GreenBlue) will moderate a panel including Maurice Cox (former mayor, NEA director of design, currently at UVA Architecture School), Kathy Galvin (architect and City Council), Alison Hirsch (UVA School of Architecture), and Pete O'Shea (Siteworks Studio).

We will discuss ways that community planning can be proactive, inclusive and yield excellent results.

Specific topics will include:
  • What historical processes aligned to make this place unique?
  • How can planners seek out meaningful input from communities?
  • What alternative strategies exist to assure both inclusiveness and excellence?
  • How to bring in traditionally excluded voices?
  • How to listen to vested stakeholders and truly address their concerns without them highjacking the process?
Charlottesville and Belmont in particular abound with urbanist case studies and we are quite sure it will be a lively discussion.

All Monticello Road events are free and open to the public. The Bridge is located at 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902. [map | donate]


Peter said...

Nice article in the Hook" about the Belmont Bridge process. This issue will surely arise.

Thea Grande said...

Thanks for the news. How was the event? I hope the community planning also covered the safety of the people on the road.