Media advisory - Senior U.S. housing expert headlines Toronto forum



    Planning for inclusive neighbourhoods:
    Lessons from U.S. municipalities; strategies for Canadian communities
    Queen Victoria Ballroom, Sutton Place Hotel, 955 Bay Street
    (at Wellesley)
    Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - David Rusk, a leading U.S. expert on
inclusionary planning, is the morning keynote speaker at a day-long forum
co-sponsored by the Wellesley Institute and the University of Toronto's Cities
Centre. A former mayor of Albuquerque, David is a founding member of the
Innovative Housing Institute in Washington, D.C., and has provided technical
advice to more than 70 U.S. cities. He will be speaking at 9.45 a.m.
    Many Canadian municipalities have seen near-record construction of new
homes in recent years, but very little has been truly affordable to low and
moderate-income households. Inclusionary planning is used by more than 400
U.S. cities to create a better mix of housing. Among the 120 registered
participants in the Toronto forum are senior planners and policy makers from
more than a dozen Ontario municipalities, the provincial government, housing
advocates, legal and planning experts and community leaders.

    Other presenters:

    Adam Gross, Director of the Regional Affordable Housing Initiative for
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest. BPPI is a
40-year-old public interest law and policy centre in Chicago.

    Sheila Dillon, Deputy Director for Housing at the Boston Redevelopment
Authority, where she manages market and affordable housing policies and
programs, including Boston's Inclusionary Development Program.

    Russell Mawby, Director of Housing for the City of Ottawa, as well as the
Director responsible for the City's new Neighbourhood Planning Initiative.

    The Cities Centre and the Wellesley Institute are also co-sponsoring a
public forum starting at 7.30 pm at the Medical Sciences Auditorium,
University of Toronto, 1 King's College Circle (northwest corner of College
Street and University Avenue) with David Rusk, Adam Gross and moderator
Christopher Hume, columnist with The Toronto Star.





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For further information: or to arrange interviews: Michael Shapcott, The
Wellesley Institute, (416) 972-1010, x231, mobile (416) 605-8316,
www.wellesleyinstitute.com

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