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Cornell Professor Will Discuss Urban Redevelopment on Feb. 25 University News
For release: February 20, 2008

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Ken Reardon
Ken Reardon
Ken Reardon of Cornell University will address the issue of growth and redevelopment around universities and other major institutions on Monday, February 25, at the University of Memphis. He will discuss “Urban Design and Placemaking: The Emerging Role of Higher Education and Other Major Institutions in Neighborhood Revitalization" from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Fogelman Executive Center, Room 123. The event is free and open to the public.

Universities, colleges, and other major institutions are among the largest landowners, employers, and purchasers of services in urban areas. The real estate investment decisions and employment practices of these institutions are having growing impacts on efforts to revitalize economically challenged communities. Reardon will discuss the emerging principles of good practice for community/university development partnerships in relation to his recent work in New York City, East St. Louis, and New Orleans.

Reardon is currently an associate professor of city and regional planning at Cornell. He will be joining the U of M this summer as a professor and director of the graduate program in city and regional planning.This is the third workshop in the series “Urban Design and Placemaking: A New Model for Growth and Redevelopment Around Universities and Other Major Institutions." The series is funded by an Urban Land Institute Action Grant and is sponsored by ULI-Memphis and the University of Memphis.

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