STORRS, CT — The University of Connecticut's Center for Transportation and Urban Planning is sponsoring a trip to Connecticut by former Milwaukee mayor and current urban revitalization specialist John Norquist to give speeches in Hartford and New Haven as well as meet with municipal leaders in those cities on rejuvenating neighborhoods.
Norquist, now President of the Congress for the New Urbanism and author of "The Wealth of Cities," will speak Tuesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library at 500 Main Street and in New Haven on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Career High School at 140 Legion Avenue. Both events are free and open to the public.
In Hartford, Norquist will discuss the stretches of highway that move through the city and in New Haven, he will discuss the city’s plan to turn Route 34’s “road to nowhere” into housing, retail and open space.
“Mr. Norquist is an internationally renowned speaker who has been a passionate advocate for reversing the corrosive effects that highways have had on our cities,” said Norman Garrick, a civil engineering professor at UConn and director of the Center for Transportation and Urban Planning.
“The efforts of John’s work are seen most directly in Milwaukee, where, as mayor, he succeeded in removing a freeway, clearing the way for an anticipated $250 million investment in infill development. He has also been instrumental in advancing similar projects in Seattle, Buffalo and Glasgow, Scotland. John is one of the world’s foremost experts on urban planning and transportation. We are glad to welcome him to Connecticut at a time when so much depends on revitalizing our urban centers. Developing healthy urban centers is increasingly important as we seek to limit the impact of high fuel prices and to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Garrick.
For more information about Norquist’s presentation, contact Garrick at 860-617-2208.
Flier for New Haven event: http://www.tstc.org/images/blog/Route_34_Flyer.pdf