Weaving the Fabric of Smart Growth: Linkages between Crime Prevention, Pedestrian Safety, Public Health and Economic Vitality

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Concurrently tie together the multi-disciplinary fabric of smart growth for professionals of all backgrounds and experience levels. Based on the success of this session at the 2006 New Partners Smart Growth in Denver, conference participants will be provided with a fresh, thought-provoking understanding of how key smart growth principles contribute, simultaneously, to important quality of life issues.

Wherever possible, the presenters–an economist, a public health practitioner, and an urban designer- will include both empirical and anecdotal support for each smart growth principle.
Learn more from:
* Al Zelinka, AICP, Principal, RBF Consulting’s Urban Design Studio
* Tina Zenzola, Director, Safe and Healthy Communities Consulting
* Marie Jones, Community Development Director, City of Fort Bragg, California
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
New Partners for SmartGrowth
Smart Growth Online