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ANAHEIM, CA - (March 11, 2010) - Urban planning and public policy leaders gathered today in Anaheim, Calif. for the second Restoring Community Conference, “Creating Cities that Protect Private Property, House the Family and Foster Civic Culture.” More than 350 attendees participated in the unique forum that focused on the human aspect of community planning. The conference was hosted by City of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle in partnership with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Orange County/Inland Empire.
“Often times, planning conferences discuss everything about community except people and families,” said Mayor Pringle. “Today’s Restoring Community Conference was unique in focusing on the realities and trends of what people want and need in their search for true community. Our goal—and I believe we achieved it—was to challenge current thinking and spur new awareness of how community is created and enhanced in the modern American city.”
The headlining conference speakers included: Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow in Urban Futures, Chapman University; Michael Barone, senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and Fox News Channel contributor; and Caitlin Flanagan, award-winning journalist, author, social critic, and a contributing editor and book reviewer at The Atlantic Monthly.
Flanagan opened the conference with a lively speech on the American family, discussing factors that distinguish strong families and describing ways communities can support families. Through the lens of sociology and cultural history, Flanagan explained how “we as a nation can and should support this most central and cherished American institution.”
The conference’s luncheon speaker, Kotkin, discussed his new book, The Next Hundred Million. He praised the unique focus of the conference, saying, “The Restoring Community Conference asks the questions too few developers and planners like to ask, including the future for families, the middle class and seniors in a changing country. It gets to the heart of what matters most to people like their children, grandchildren, their neighborhood community and place of worship. It is all about restoring the human element to the planning and development discussion.”
Throughout the day, other experts spoke on panels that examined issues ranging from private property vs. community values, ways to house the family in modern cities and how demographic changes and trends will affect how future cities evolve. The day concluded with a keynote speech by Barone.
For more information on the Restoring Community Conference, please visit www.restoringcommunityconference.com.
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