Kamloops planning presentation comes just in time for the election | infonews
September 21, 2022 – 7:00 pm
An American author, speaker and self-proclaimed “reclaimer” engineer brings his presentation on urban planning to Kamloops, where he will focus on transportation.
Chuck Marohn is a former civil engineer and founder of the nonprofit advocacy group Strong Towns. The group focuses its work on critiquing North American urban planning as well as educating the public about how cities are built.
“We seek to replace America’s post-war model of development, the suburban experiment, with a model of financially sound and resilient development,” says the Strong Towns website.
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Marohn’s lecture is part of his ongoing reading tour, and his visit to Kamloops was partly organized by the Thompson Rivers University Student Union.
“Young people should have a say in how our city is designed,” said Leif Douglass of the student union.
Douglass isn’t sure what design ideas Marohn will focus on when it comes to Kamloops, but he said students interested in active transportation or public transit will likely find inspiration in Marohn’s presentation.
Kamloops, like many North American cities, is built with a focus on vehicles.
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Although changes in elevation make it difficult for some to opt for commuting by bicycle, public transportation in the city leaves much to be desired.
Douglass said the timing of the upcoming municipal elections aligns well to spur discussions between voters and candidates about transportation in the city. He expects some of the candidates to attend the conference.
The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at the Paramount Theater. The conference is free for students and all others will be charged $5.
More information about the event can be found here.
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