walkable-cityPADUCAH, Ky. (7/27/14) — The City of Paducah has invited internationally known author, city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck to Paducah.

Speck will visit Paducah in August to tour and review the city, meet with City staff, and make presentations to the public about the importance a city’s downtown, its walkability, and its sustainability are to a community’s economy, safety and health.

Speck advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design. He will be providing an analysis of Paducah’s walkability, pedestrian and street connectivity, and appearance and recommendations for improvement.

City Manager Jeff Pederson says, “Jeff Speck is a visionary and an expert in his field. It is proactive for the City of Paducah to get his insight on our downtown, riverfront, and city as a whole.”

On Thursday, August 7, Speck will make a presentation for the general public, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Maiden Alley Cinema, located at 112 Maiden Alley. The presentation is free; however, due to limited seating, participants must pre-register by contacting the Paducah Planning Department at (270) 444-8690 by 12 p.m., August 7.

Paducah Planning Director Steve Ervin says, “People are attracted to live in places that are safe and offer an interesting street life with an abundance of uses. As outlined in his book, Jeff Speck’s 10 steps in making cities more walkable can assist in helping Paducah thrive economically. His review and comments on Paducah will allow us to concentrate our reinvestments in downtown in ways that make Paducah more livable.”

In Speck’s latest book, Walkable City, How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at A Time, he addresses questions such as ‘What kind of city will help us thrive economically?” and ‘What kind of city will keep our citizens not just safe, but healthy?’ He ties the importance of having a walkable city to a city’s future. Recent work of Washington D.C. based Speck & Associates, LLC includes downtown master plans and street plans, infill plans, waterfront studies, and walkability studies. Speck holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Renaissance Architectural History from Syracuse University, Florence, Italy.

Speck will start the day Thursday, August 7 as the guest speaker at the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership Breakfast. The monthly breakfast meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. Contact the Chamber at (270) 443-1746 for registration information about the PIP Breakfast. The cost for the breakfast on that date is $15 for Chamber members and for non-members.

For more information about Jeff Speck, visit www.jeffspeck.com or contact the Paducah Planning Department at (270) 444-8690.

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