Councillors to discuss walkable cities at Business Meeting

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​City planner and author Jeff Speck will lead an interactive discussion on the value of walkable cities at the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association’s Annual Business Meeting, to be held during the MMA Annual Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 20.
 
The idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at.
 
Speck maintains that making walkability happen is relatively easy and inexpensive; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick. At the meeting, Speck will discuss the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities.
 
The business portion of the meeting will include voting on the association’s proposed slate of officers and district representatives for 2018, and a discussion of association goals for the new year.
 
The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 10 a.m. on the third floor of the Hynes Convention Center.
 
Contact: MMA Member Services Coordinator Devon Elizabeth Williams