On Wednesday, October 5, the Downtown Lakeland Partnership will host the annual “State of Downtown” luncheon at The Lakeland Center. Whether you’re a friend of Downtown Lakeland, interested in the future of development, or just an urban planning-phile, this year’s speaker is sure to excite.
Author and consultant Peter Katz used to help developers market suburban sprawl. Now he’s one of its fiercest critics. Katz is a leading proponent of New Urbanism, an urban design and planning movement that The New York Times called “the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era.” New Urbanists combine traditional planning and modern technology to create compelling places that break the suburban mold of mega-malls, cookie-cutter subdivisions and endless highways. Instead, they strive for environmental balance, social equity and a true sense of community.
As the City continues to plan for the future of Downtown, the input of key stakeholders like residents, business owners and visitors is crucial to developing that true sense of community. Be sure to attend!
Wednesday, October 5 | 11:00 a.m.