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Ad Hoc 8664 committee to hear urban traffic alternatives on Monday, January 28th

Friday January 25, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

John Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and current President of the Congress for the New Urbanism will address the Ad Hoc Committee on the 8664 Proposal on Monday, January 28th at 5:00pm.

“From his experience as a former mayor John Norquist knows first hand how to deal with issues involving major interstates and cities,” says Committee Chair Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9. “He will give insight into how a community can handle traffic flow while at the same time reclaiming and protecting an urban landscape.”

Norquist was Milwaukee’s mayor from 1988 to 2004. During that time he was able to spearhead the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway to make way for $250 million of infill development in the heart of the city.

“I believe the committee will be interested to hear how that was achieved,” says Ward-Pugh. “I expect there will be some serious questions and thorough discussion as we consider transportation challenges in Louisville and our region.”

Norquist is the author, of “The Wealth of Cities.” He has taught classes in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning and Marquette University.

He is currently working to promote “New Urbanism” as an alternative to sprawl and the answer to the social and environmental problems that such sprawl causes in big cities.

The Ad Hoc Committee on the 8664 Proposal began its work last November to review a plan that calls for the building of an east end bridge and the replacing of a elevated section of I-64 from Spaghetti Junction to 22nd with a surface level parkway

For more information about the meeting, call Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109.

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9