How can Austin capitalize on new market opportunities in real estate development to create vibrant and walkable neighborhoods?
Christopher Leinberger, a real estate developer and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute, will share his thoughts on this topic during a visit to Austin this month.
The public is invited to attend this free talk, the first of an Imagine Austin speaker series on “Building Compact and Connected,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall, 301 E. Eighth St. Street parking is available at no cost after 6 p.m. and bicycle parking is available on site.
Imagine Austin, the City’s comprehensive plan adopted by the City Council in June, calls for a city of “complete communities” where residents can meet their everyday needs close to their homes, jobs, and schools. In a complete community, residents can walk to buy groceries and easily access nearby public transportation.
Leinberger’s presentation, “Development Trends Toward Walkable Urbanism,” will address how communities benefit economically by building walkable places. His talk touches on eight priority action programs in Imagine Austin and is particularly relevant to three:
- Invest in a compact and connected Austin.
- Create a Healthy Austin Program.
- Revise Austin’s land development regulations and processes.
The Brookings Institute is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to strengthen democracy and foster economic and social welfare, security, and opportunity for all Americans.