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Hosted by City of Berkeley and University of California

Berkeley, California (Thursday, January 05, 2006) - On Wednesday, January 18, the third meeting of the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee (DAPAC) will feature a symposium and panel discussion on “What Makes a Great Downtown.”  Co-hosted by the University of California’s Advisory Committee on the Downtown Area Plan (UCAC), this event begins at 7:00 p.m., and held at 22 Warren Hall, near the intersection of University Avenue and Oxford Street – just east of Downtown Berkeley.  (Community members arriving by wheelchair are asked to arrive ten minutes before the event because wheelchair accessible space is located near the stage.)

This exceptional event will feature national and local experts engaged in the challenges of downtown revitalization and place-making.  Their varied perspectives will consider livability, economics, social equity, cultural identity, design, and the environment.  Presenters include:

Dena Belzer, Principal of Strategic Economics, and Board Member of The Center for Transit-Oriented Development

Allan Jacobs, Professor Emeritus in City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, and former Planning Director for San Francisco

Donlyn Lyndon, Professor Emeritus in the Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley, and Editor of PLACES, a journal of environmental design

Paul Okamoto, Principal of Okamoto Saijo Architecture, former Harvard Fellow, and former Board Member of both the Greenbelt Alliance and Urban Ecology. 

Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA), a non-profit preservation organization whose mission is to promote an understanding and appreciation for Berkeley’s history, and to encourage the preservation of its historic buildings.

Fundamental components for a successful downtown -- identified during the symposium -- will provide a foundation for drafting fundamental goals for Downtown Berkeley.  The DAPAC will begin its discussion regarding these “Guiding Principles” at its fourth meeting on January 31,  7:00 p.m.,  at the North Berkeley Senior Center (Hearst at Martin Luther King Jr. Way).

The public is invited to attend both the symposium (January 18) and the DAPAC meeting on Guiding Principles (January 31).  If you have any questions about this event or the Downtown Area Plan, please contact Matt Taecker, Secretary to the DAPAC, at 981-7487 or email at mtaecker@ci.berkeley.ca.us



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