Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series asks, “Do Cities Really Want Economic Development?”
In the rapidly-decaying landscape of our urban and small town centers, where vacancy and stagnation dominate, the rhetoric coming from municipal leaders about economic regeneration seems to be mostly talk and no action. Why? Some suggest that the problem is over-regulation. Could reversing statutory barriers that seemingly guarantee blight, and replacing them with positive incentives aimed at creating real neighborhoods, regenerate these ghost-town downtowns into bustling mixed-use, mixed-income places to live, work, learn and play?
This thought-provoking topic will be the subject of a talk for the Essex Library by architect Robert Orr, FAIA, LEED®, at Essex Town Hall on Friday May 3rd at 7 PM, part of the continuing Centerbrook Architects Lecture series. Robert Orr, FAIA, is an award-winning architect and planner present at the first sip of coffee that became the grounds for the New Urbanism in the mid-1970s. His collaboration with Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk at Seaside, Florida in 1982 was honored by Time Magazine as "...the most astonishing design achievement of its era and one might hope the most influential." Robert furnished more than 6,000 hours of mostly pro-bono services to storm-ravaged Gulf Coast Mississippi and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. A Founder of the Seaside Institute, a think-tank on community design and development, Robert also serves on Boards of many other vision-based organizations in Florida, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhodes Island, Washington, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut.
This talk is free and open to all; the Essex Town Hall is at 29 West Avenue. For more information or to register, please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560.