This series features nationally renowned experts discussing urbanism, innovation, placemaking and design. Learn about the value and importance of thoughtful planning and design as we create a vibrant city.
A program of Downtown Colorado Springs; sponsored by Colorado College.
april 3, 2018: charles marohn
Best known as the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns, Marohn’s conversational, off-the-cuff talk focuses on how, with a limited budget, communities can build better infrastructure and resiliency for themselves. This “Neighborhoods First” approach says the best way to build a stronger town is by making small, incremental investments over time – not by waiting for change from the top down. By empowering active citizens, local officials, and ordinary people to identify high-return opportunities already available in their community, Marohn’s presentation focuses on strategies to build a town that address citizens’ real-world needs in financially sustainable ways.
Richard F. Celeste Theater, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.), on-street parking or in any Colorado College lot after 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Speaker starts promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per event, or $25 for the whole series. Click here to purchase tickets.
Thanks to the sponsors of the 2018 City Center Series:
- Presenting sponsor, Colorado College
- Media sponsor, Colorado Springs Business Journal
- Additional in-kind support from the Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel
- Additional in-kind support from Fieldhouse Brewing
- Community outreach partner, Pikes Peak Library District
- Community outreach partner, Council of Neighbors and Organizations
- Community outreach partner, PlanCOS
Previously this season:
January 24, 2018: Brent toderian
“The transportation transformation that we need won’t come from designing ‘better cars.’ It can only come from designing better city-regions.” This talk from internationally regarded urban planner Brent Toderian will focus on how transportation and mobility design affect a city’s environment, economy and cultural vitality. Presenting next-generation transit-oriented development concepts, Toderian helps citizens re-envision how their city’s transit systems impact their way of life, honing in on changes that will build a “complete city”, not just a livable one.
February 28, 2018: dar williams
TWO EVENTS. Dar Williams will discuss her latest book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns. Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams’ written work draws on her travels to towns across America to illustrate what it takes for an urban center to thrive. At the intersection of urbanism and Americana, this lecture and book signing open a new way of looking at the components of a successful community.
SaGaJi Theatre, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (30 W. Dale St.), on-street parking or in any Colorado College lot after 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Speaker starts promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per event, or $25 for the whole series.
PLUS: Hear Dar Williams in concert the day before her presentation! Concert is February 27 at the Fine Arts Center.