Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Internationally known urban planner speaks Wednesday at Colorado College

When internationally renowned urban planner and architect Peter Calthorpe (right) speaks in Colorado Springs on Wednesday night, he might feel as out of place as Don Imus at a Rutgers University women’s basketball game. Calthorpe, based in Berkeley, Calif., is one of the nation's leading proponents of new urbanism — traditional neighborhood designs that feature narrower streets, homes with front porches and garages built in the rear of homes. But Colorado Springs has a reputation as a city of sprawl -- a large suburb surrounding an urban core, as it's been described. Calthorpe will discuss “New Communities, New Urbanism,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at Colorado College as part of the school’s annual State of the Rockies Conference. He’ll speak at Armstrong Theatre, inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. on the Colorado College campus, north of downtown Colorado Springs. The event is free and open to the public.

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