Lookin' for a Home in the Heart of the 21st Century City at Dallas City Hall Next Month

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Joel Kotkin
We -- meaning, you -- just got the nicest invitation to Dallas City Hall on November 12. It's for a little get-together called the 21st Century City Conference, which is being staged by The Trinity Trust, The Dallas Institute and the CityDesign Studio. There's some info on the website -- chiefly, a list of some of the bold-faced names scheduled to attend, including the aforementioned Joel Kotkin (please tell me Patrick Kennedy's going), Ignacio Bunster-Osso and Larry Beasley. Says Kotkin in the release, "Dallas is a multi-polar metropolis which has demographic dynamism and a good business climate. In an era where job growth is the most critical issue, Dallas has critical advantages and could show the ways in which a modern metropolis can also be both a pleasant place to live in and also meet the aspirational mission of cities."

But the e-mailed invite -- and the wingding's open to the public, with ducats starting at $75 -- also ticks off an additional list of folks scheduled to speak, including Mayor Tom Leppert, City Manager Mary Suhm, Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan and Brent Brown, head of the Dallas CityDesign Studio. Says Trinity Trust prez and CEO Gail Thomas, also on the speakers' list, "These speakers are recognized experts in the field and will share a wealth of ideas and examples of how Dallas can become a model 21st century city, one that other cities will seek to emulate." Jump for more details. Oh, and take it away, Nick Lowe!
The Trinity Trust, The Dallas Institute and the CityDesign Studio to Host "21st Century City" Conference on November 12


Dallas, Texas (October 14, 2010) - The Trinity Trust, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture/The Center for the City, and the Dallas CityDesign Studio/The City of Dallas are co-presenting the 21st Century City Conference to address the enormous shift taking place in planning, building and living in cities. Leading experts, urban planners and innovative leaders will address participants at Dallas City Hall's Council Chambers, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas, on Friday, November 12, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The conference is open to the public and includes lunch and a post reception at The Dallas Institute. General registration is $75; registration for members of presenting, sponsoring or underwriting organizations is $60; teachers and students may register for $25. For more information and registration, visit www.21stcenturycity.com.

Dr. Gail Thomas, president and CEO of The Trinity Trust, said, "These speakers are recognized experts in the field and will share a wealth of ideas and examples of how Dallas can become a model 21st century city, one that other cities will seek to emulate."

The lineup includes the following:

Joel Kotkin will speak about "American Cities in 2050." He is a distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, CA, an adjunct fellow with the Legatum Institute in London, and author of The Next 100 Million: America in 2050. He identifies Dallas as one of five U.S. "cities of aspiration" that will play a major role in the U.S. resurgence.

Kotkin said, "Dallas is a multi-polar metropolis which has demographic dynamism and a good business climate. In an era where job growth is the most critical issue, Dallas has critical advantages and could show the ways in which a modern metropolis can also be both a pleasant place to live in and also meet the aspirational mission of cities."

Rutherford H. Platt, Ph.D., Professor of Geography Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Editor, The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City, will talk about "A More Humane City."

Peter Harnik, Director, Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land and author of Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, will discuss "Rebirth of the City Park."

Larry Beasley, C.M., F.C.I.P., former City Planner for Vancouver; current Special Advisor on Urban Planning to the City of Dallas, Dallas CityDesign Studio, will discuss "Experiencing the Soul of the City."

Ignacio Bunster-Osso, FASLA, LEED AP, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with Wallace Roberts and Todd, Design Consultant for Dallas' Trinity River Lakes project, will talk about "Nature and Our Public Health."

A panel discussion on "The Role of Art and Culture:"

Margie Johnson Reese, Principal Consultant, MJR Partners - Arts Management Services; former Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Dallas

Veletta Forsythe Lill, Executive Director, Dallas Arts District; former Dallas City Councilmember

Zenetta S. Drew, Executive Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Clara Borja Hinojosa, Founding Director, The Mexico Institute

Additional speakers:

Tom Leppert, Mayor, City of Dallas
Mary Suhm, City Manager, City of Dallas
Jill Jordan, Assistant City Manager, City of Dallas
Gail Thomas, Ph.D., President and CEO, The Trinity Trust Foundation
Larry Allums, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
Brent Brown, Director, Dallas CityDesign Studio

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