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Guest Speaker – Gil Penalosa

June 14, 2011 Community Development No Comments
Gil Penalosa-Portrait

Livable Communities Presentation

Thurs, June 16, 2011 7pm -Native Sons Hall

(doors open 6:30 pm - Free admission*)

Join world renowned community livability advisor Gil Peñalosa, for a presentation and dialogue on what makes a community livable, how walking, cycling and public places are the foundation for vibrant places, and what potential the Comox Valley has to become one of the most livable places in the world.

Gil earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from UCLA’s Management School. Following years of private and public sector senior managerial experience, the Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia (pop. 7 m), appointed him Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City. Gil led his team to design and build over 200 parks, of which the best known is the Simon Bolivar (360 hectares). They were also successful in opening 91 kilometres of car-free city roads on Sundays, the Ciclovia, where over 1.5 m. people come out weekly to walk, run, skate and bike.

Gil Peñalosa is the executive director of 8-80 Cities, a non-profit organization dedicated to the transformation of people-oriented communities that are easily accessible, safe and enjoyable by 8 to 80 year olds. 8-80 Cities is advised by some of the world’s leading experts in urban planning, public health, conservation and sustainable development.
*please get tickets in advance at the following locations: Municipal and regional government offices and recreation centres in Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, Simon’s Cycles, Black Cycles, Mountain City Cycles, Broken Spoke, Trail Cycles, Dodge City Cycles

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