Building A Better Bend Series Confirms 2011 Lectures


Nonprofit organization Building a Better Bend announced that it has confirmed its lecture lineup for the 2011 season. Both lectures will be held at the Riverbend Community Room at the Bend Metro Park and Recreation District main building at 799 SW Columbia Street in Bend.

Lecture #1:

Thursday, September 22, 7-9 p.m.

Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Hon. ASLA – City Planner & Architectural Designer

Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003-2007, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Prior to this, Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism.He is the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as the just-released Smart Growth Manual. He serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Speck will be lecturing on “What Makes Commercial Centers Work:  Getting Planning and Transportation Right” for his Building a Better Bend lecture. During his presentation he will discuss how downtowns, main streets, and other commercial centers are more than just places of exchange: they are the hearts and souls of our communities.  When they are poorly designed or simply lacking, a community can still survive economically, but it will not thrive socially.

This lecture is sponsored by Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program, NorthWest Crossing, Miller Lumber, SunWest Builders and Tozer Design.

Lecture #2:

Tuesday, October 11, 7-9 p.m.

Drawing People to Neighborhood Shopping Districts and Creating Value

Mary Bosch, Principal, Marketek – Economic Development Consultant & Planner
For her lecture for Building a Better Bend, Bosch will be visiting various places in Bend to incorporate into her presentation covering emerging commercial neighborhood streets and more.

This lecture is sponsored by Taylor NW, Jack Robinson & Sons and Bryant Lovlien and Jarvis.

Tickets ($8) can be purchased online at or at the door.  For more information, visit


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